The Phoenix Youth Project AGM - Awards, Awards, Awards

The Phoenix Youth Project AGM was very well attended by 50 young people, parents, community members, counsellors, partner organisations and some of the project's funders. It was a great fun event that celebrated the last twelve months of the project and its achievements. Young people collected awards and certificates for their hard work throughout the past year, they helped to run the event and even performed for those in attendance. The highlight of which was Georgia Herbert and Summer Burns singing Adele When we were Young. The meeting started with a buffet lunch and ended with a fun quiz. Paul Rowe, Project Manager said the AGM was a great way to celebrate our fourteenth year as a project, especially as it had been one full of awards for the young people, the project and one for myself too. He praised the hard work and achievements of the young people who had helped to run the event and who collected awards and certificates on the day as well as the staff volunteers and trustees of the project.

Awards were given out on the day for the young people who took part in the Phoenix has talent even and for the accredited awards gained throughout the last year. This included the Duke of Edinburgh Award and ASDAN awards. It was only the young people who collected awards during the event. The project was presented with the Gold quality ambition award by Debbie Keighley from Young Cumbria. The Phoenix Youth Project is the only youth project in Cumbria to have the Silver award and now has the gold to go along with bronze as well. These awards delve into all aspects of a project to ensure its ran smoothly, legally and has young people at its heart. Also celebrated was awards won in the past twelve months from the High Sheriff Award - In recognition of great & valuable service to the community; Best Youth Community Project of the Year - Finalist, and Best Business Community Challenge of the Year - Winner at Novembers West Cumbria Community Heroes Awards. Finally, Paul Rowe, Project Manager was awarded with the Peter Scott Award for Outstanding Contribution to Charity also in November. (Photo's Attached)

The highlight of the event was in the form of Youth Club Member of the Year. This was a new award in the honour and memory of a founding trustee, Sheila Graham, who sadly passed away late last year. A Shield was presented to Curtis Lynch who was Moor Row's Youth Club Member of the year and also the overall project's youth club member of the year. Runner ups to the award were Bret Fairclough (Cleator Moor) and Jack Treble (Frizington) who were both awarded as youth club members of their youth clubs.

Paul Rowe, Project Manager said that the memorial award is a great way to commemorate and remember such a remarkable woman as Sheila who gave so much time to help others and equally to promote and say thank you to young people for their hard work and efforts to support their youth clubs. Curtis has volunteered in his youth club for his Duke of Edinburgh Award, like both Jack and Bret did too. The difference Curtis made was long after he had completed his award he continued to volunteer in the youth club as Moor Row has a shortage of volunteers currently. Curtis wanted to help keep his youth club open. Whilst where on that subject we are looking for local community volunteers to help us with the running of Moor Row Youth Centre.

The Phoenix Youth Project's Summer of Fun

This summer The Phoenix Youth Project has had a summer full of activities for its young people. They have been on a four day residential to London, trips to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, South Lakes Safari Zoo and Rookin House. They also ran our annual Fun For All Day in August, completed a Duke of Edinburgh expedition had two big Friday's where young people enjoyed bouncy boxing and a pole joust.

All of these activities were run as part of the Rewards for Action scheme that the project delivers. Rewards for Actions is an innovative project which aims to increase the community involvement of young people in the areas they live. This is achieved through young people participating in community tasks, workshops and accredited awards to gain points which can be 'traded in' to attend trips, activities and residential visits. All of the trips are free of charge and each young person needs to gain a community task and a set amount of points for each trip. The highlight of the summer was taking 16 young people to London for a four day residential. We soaked up the sights and sounds of the City throughout and the only downside was not having more time. This trip was funded by Bendals and helped us to link up with Well North and St Paul's Way Science Summer School. The Science School was headed up by Professor Brian Cox and involved a day and evening of Science talks, workshops and discussions. The young people found this very stimulating. The learning here was backed up by a visit the next morning to the Science Museum. We also visited London Dungeons, Madame Tussauds, the London Eye, went to see The Lion King at the theatre which was brilliant and all enjoyed. We also had a guided tour of the Houses Of Parliament which was very interesting. On the last day we went shopping down Regent and Oxford Street which all the young people enjoyed. The fun day was a great day and the local community came out on force with over 450 people attending the day. Many exciting activities were on offer for the event including the popular Miami Fair Ride. As well as numerous inflatable rides such as Bouncing Boxing, Bungee Eliminator, Obstacle Course, Combo Bouncy Castles and Slide. We had fantastic singing performances from our very own signing star Zoe Warren, along with Lee Shackley and Amy and Louisa Morton. Other fun activities on included a Climbing Wall, Rodeo Bull, giant pop-up cinema, tombola, raffles and various stalls such as Tin-Can Alley, Basket Ball Shoot Out, bean bag toss and Hook a Duck.

Our younger group enjoyed the South Lakes Safari Zoo trip and the close interaction with the animals, especially the lamia's. It was the first time many of the group had been to zoo and had seen a wide range of exotic animals. Other than the London Residential the older group enjoyed horse riding, human bowling and the argo kart at Rookin House. The summer ended with a trip for both age groups at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. This was a great fun way to wrap up a summer of activities and signing off for the summer.

The Phoenix Youth Project's Fun For All Day

The Phoenix Youth Project successfully ran its 10th annual Fun For All Day on Saturday 13th August 2016, 1pm - 5pm on Cleator Moor Square and Cleator Moor Masonic and Civic Centre. It was great to see the local community out on force and all from the very young to the older members of our community attended the day and had great fun. The weather was fantastic and sunny and was the icing on the cake with over 450 children individuals attending the fun day. The event for the second year had a small entrance charge as we are aiming to make the event self-sufficient in the future as gaining funding for the event gets harder and harder year upon year.

The aim of the day was to provide a fun day for the entire community both young and old to mix together in one place. Paul Rowe, Project Manager of The Phoenix Youth Project said that 'this is the biggest event that happens in Cleator Moor and once again the day couldn't have gone any better. There were hundreds of children, young people and families all with smiles on their faces throughout the event.' In short the day was a huge success with everyone commenting on how brilliant the day was and how great the atmosphere was.

Many exciting activities were on offer for the event including the popular Miami Fair Ride. As well as numerous inflatable rides such as Bouncing Boxing, Bungee Eliminator, Obstacle Course, Combo Bouncy Castles and Slide. We had fantastic singing performances from our very own signing star Zoe Warren, along with Lee Shackley and Amy and Louisa Morton. Other fun activities on included a Climbing Wall, Rodeo Bull, giant pop-up cinema, tombola, raffles and various stalls such as Tin-Can Alley, Basket Ball Shoot Out, bean bag toss and Hook a Duck.

This year’s event was funded by Cleator Moor Town Team (£1,000), Nisa (£400), Cumberland Building Society (£250), Ennerdale Brewery (£250), and Cleator Moor Masonic Centre (£120). The remaining £3,000 plus was made up from funds raised at last years and this year's event. This leaves us with a quarter of next year's event funded and we will be seeking around 3k to make next year's event happen. With this in mind if any local businesses wish to support next year's event please do not hesitate to get in contact.

There were efforts by The Phoenix Youth Project to raise money on the day, and in total under £1,900 was raised. The young people that attend youth clubs in Cleator Moor and Moor Row helped to run and organise the event. This event could not have happened without support from our fantastic staff, trustees, young people, numerous volunteers who were fantastic on and before the day and must importantly the events funders. There are too many to name you all but thank you for your support. Finally, a thank you to everyone who attended the event and helped us create such a fun packed day for all.

Exciting times ahead for Phoenix

We all know about the cuts that have been made by central government year by year. It's almost a daily headline to hear about a service that's at risk of been closed down or been lost due to spending cuts. The Phoenix Youth Project is no different. Every year since the recession there are less funders to support charities and much less money around. However, our story is very different we have never had to reduce our services or offer to our young people and communities. In fact, we continue to strive despite this backdrop.

We have just found out this week that we have been successful in gaining £60,000 from The Henry Smith Charity. This adds to £60,000 we gained in February from BBC Children in Need. Both of these grants are to be spent over the next three years and really help to sustain the future of the project. They mean that we are fully funded for the next twelve months and part funded for the two years after that. In total we have secured over £120,00 for the next twelve months and with this we aim to work with over 500 different young people across our three youth centres in Cleator Moor, Frizington and Moor Row. We can also announce the date for this year's Fun For All Day on Cleator Moor market square and Civic Hall. This will take place on Saturday 13th August 2016 and we are well underway in planning a great event once again for the local community.

Paul Rowe, Project Manager of The Phoenix Youth Project said, 'It's fantastic news to hear that we were have been successful with our fundraising efforts once again. National funders such as Henry Smith and BBC Children in Need are much more difficult to gain than more local funders and show the great range of services that we offer to our children and young people. Now we have secured these funds we can concentrate on the fun part, spending the money on great and fun activities for our young people'. Our project is currently funded from various sources for this next year. These include the grants from The Henry Smith Charity and BBC Children in Need along with funding from Copeland Community Fund (£20,000), NMP Fund through Cumbria Community Foundation (£15,000), FNP funded by Copeland Community Fund (£11,040), FCSCT (£10,000), Home Group (£10,000), Cleator Moor Town Council (£6,000), Frizington Parish Council (£3,000), Hadfield Charitable Trust (£3,000), Nuvia (£2,000) and Egremont Town Council (£1,000). Several of these funds come to end in twelve months' time and we now begin the process of funding for the future.