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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 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


Thursday 2Interview with County Gazette6th June 2014 saw a very important change to 2 of the Oakwood Court student’s college time table. Rhys George and Hannah Best travelled to Barnstaple to meet with Elliot Anderton a journalist from The North Devon Gazette to report on their recent trip to London to take part in the Right not a Fight Campaign.

Rhys and Hannah arrived at head office with their tutor Giselle King who also supported them to travel to and attend the event organised by Natspec in London. Elliot soon had everyone feeling at ease and asked lots of questions about the event and why the students felt so strongly about taking part. Rhys took time to tell Elliot all about his own experiences of accessing appropriate education to meet his needs and how happy he is to be at Oakwood Court College ‘where teachers listen to me which has really made my self confidence grow.’

Hannah told Elliot all about their time in London and how they had been able to visit 10 Downing Street which she really enjoyed.

After lots of questions and a photo session Elliot left with lots of information for his article and the promise that the story will be run in the next week or so. Watch this space for a link to the paper where you can read for yourself the adventures of Rhys and Hannah in London and see why we are so proud of all our Oakwood Court students and the amazing personal goals they achieve.’

Student Campaign ‘A Right not a Fight’ Launch Event,

17th June 2014 Old Palace Yard, Houses of Parliament

 A Right not a Fight is a student campaign raising awareness of the barriers and challenges faced by the students with the most complex needs and disabilities. The event on June 17th will be calm and symbolic, supported by staff, students and parents.

We have a number of staff and students from Oakwood Court College that will be supporting and attending this event and we will keep you updated live from London.