Archive for August, 2014

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Phoenix Learning and Care are working in partnership with the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to develop new and improved services at their Specialist Independent College; Oakwood Court in Dawlish.

The building is right next door to college and had previously been an older person’s service which had fallen into disrepair. Work has now started to completely renovate the service and will be completed in time for the September term. Currently a hive of activity the building team are working flat out to ensure that once again this grand old building has a deserved place within the community.

 The project will see additional and much improved residential accommodation at Oakwood Court as well as specially developed learning spaces in which students can access their tailored programs of education.

 There will be a grand launch of the service later in September welcoming students, families, and professionals to spend time exploring the new provision and meeting the team from Oakwood Court

On the 20th July 2014 and group of Phoenix staff and a young person, joined Keith Burley’s family and friends to help celebrate his survival from prostate cancer, by cycling 56 miles through the Somerset countryside.

The ride included an ascent of Burrington Combe a very long steep climb from the levels to the Mendips.

Many had not ridden more than a few miles previously but all but two finished the ride.

Some completed the ride in 3½ hours and others took a full 9 hours, but the commitment shown was extremely impressive.

Keith was extremely humbled by the number of staff and even a young person riding to show their support of his recovery.


The who cares? Trust is focused on pushing forward in ensuring each child in care gets all the opportunities and support they need to help them progress and succeed in life.  The trust organises national and regional events which are run by children in care so they can be on the forefront of change. These children meet MP’s, politicians and professionals to put forward their ideas on how they think the care system needs to change – they directly talk to the people who have the power to make change happen!

These children are working hard and fighting for a chance to get the best possible future, let’s help them! By signing on to The who cares? Trust website and filling out their short survey we can lend our voices to children in care and the staff that support them.  Please follow the link bellow where you will find a short survey for the children in care and a separate survey for those that work with them.



This year for the first time ever the Phoenix Learning & Care Group as a whole have achieved ‘Investors in People’ status. Phoenix Childcare have had the accolade for a number of years but this year we opened the award assessment to the whole group and are very proud of the result.

Investors in people is a way for the executive management team to show its commitment to the staff throughout the group, to ensure that communication is clear and that everyone understands the ethos and vision of the company, and the part they play in its success.

During the assessment our assessor had access to all our staff and was able to offer valuable insight for the EMT, pointing the way to improvements from an independent and objective perspective. This is not where the story ends because we have feedback which will help us improve further.