Archive for June, 2015

This is the first blog from Keith Burley (Founder and CEO) for some time, but it is the first of a regular short blog that I hope to write every Monday.

 It will contain my musings on many things related to the children, young people and young adults we care for in Phoenix.

I wanted to use this first blog to remind everyone of the People and Organisational Development Strategy 2015/2016 document which we launched recently. This is an important document as it is written as a result of what you as Colleagues said you wanted to see Phoenix do better.

It contains a number of action points that your senior Colleagues take very seriously, and will work hard to achieve during this next year.

Have a read of it and let me know what you think!

The summer edition of ‘Who Cares?’ the magazine for children and young people in care, has comments from several young people living in Phoenix children’s homes. In the section called ‘you speak out’ they talk about who they turn to for support Who Cares Phoenix Article. This came about whilst they visited the offices of The Who Care Trust during a visit to London, organised during the Take Over Day, which saw the young people ‘take over’ head office for the day!

Finally just a quick reminder to get your nominations in for the Phoenix Annual Colleagues awards, the closing date is 24th July 2015.

Thank you


Who Cares? magazin Cover


Phoenix 2015 Photography Competition starts today, this year’s theme is ‘Joy’.

“Dictionary definition: a feeling of great pleasure and happiness; Synonyms: delight, jubilation, triumph, exultation, happiness, glee, bliss”

This Competition is open to Phoenix employees, cared for clients, students and young people. Each photograph must reflect or capture the theme of the year and must somehow be linked to life at Phoenix #PhoenixPhotographyComp

The Rules
  • All entries must be taken by someone either being cared for or working for Phoenix Learning & Care Group.
  • All photographs be in high resolution (taken with the highest possible dpi your camera allows) to allow for publication and high quality printing.
  • All entries must be copyright free and if they contain images of people, the people must have a signed consent form which allows their image to be displayed in public.
  • A maximum of three images may be entered by each competitor.
  • There will be three prizes:  Picture of the year- £50 | Best photograph taken by a young person, student or client- £25 | Best photograph taken by a Colleague- £25
  • The judges will be people from our Local Authority partners, and therefore will be independent of Phoenix.
  • The shortlisted six photographs (3 each from young people and Colleagues) will be professionally printed, and displayed at the Phoenix Colleague Awards, where the final winners will be announced.
  • The winning photos will automatically be entered into a national competition.
 How to enter

Email your entry along with your name and the service you live, learn or work at to:

Alternatively, please pass on your photo files or Twitter upload to #PhoenixPhotographyComp   Closing date is September 1st 2015 at 1pm.  Good Luck!

Student taking photo of another student

With the Phoenix Learning and Care Young Person’s Council now in full swing the members are taking their requests right to the top! With a meeting due this week one of the newest members of the council let Keith Burley (Chief Executive of the group) know exactly what would be needed to make the meeting a real success…. Well done Pops!

Pretty please Keith!!?

 Pretty please Keith,

Can we have pizza?

I think it would be good,

For when we meets-ya.

 Extra-large for us all to share,

Pretty please Keith,

We know you care.

 That greasy yummy, pizza smell,

This tasty treat will go down well.

Everybody loves,

that pizza taste,

with castle there,

there will be no waste.

 My favourite,

is stuffed crust.

pretty please Keith,

it’s a must.





Phoenix Learning and Care employees are taking part in the Love to Ride national cycling challenge. The aim of the challenge is to encourage as many people to ride a bike for at least 10 minutes over the 3 weeks from June 8th-28th. The National Cycle Challenge is a free, fun competition for workplaces to see which can get the highest number of employees to ride a bike, there are prices to be won with the added benefit of participating in a fun and healthy activity; more detail can be found on their website: Phoenix are currently 5th place in the 200-499 employee category and are hoping to make the top 3 with a few more willing candidates signing up and cycling 

Love to Ride Devon Cycle Challenge