My Phoenix - Maxine Hart
Maxine has lived in south Lewisham since she was a child. She regularly attends Phoenix Techy Tea Parties and community events.
How long have you been a Phoenix resident?
I’ve been in my flat for over 20 years. I was originally with Lewisham but moved across to Phoenix from the beginning in 2007. My mum is also a Phoenix resident – in fact she lives next door!
What changes have you seen?
I’ve seen a change in myself, in my confidence thanks to the digital training offered by Phoenix.
Before coming to the Techy Tea Parties technology was like this other world that I just didn’t have a window into. These sessions have given me a doorway into that other world and I’m not going to look back.
What’s the best thing about living in the Phoenix area?
The opportunities for residents. Mum isn’t too well and I spend a lot of time looking after her. The community events give me a reason to get out of the house and do something “for me”. The community that Phoenix provides is a life-line and I don’t know where I would be without it.
What would you change?
I would like to see even more activities in the community – ones that involve everyone, including the older residents. I love the Phoenix Festival for that reason, it’s a day for the whole community.
What are your hopes for the future?
People say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks and I used to think that was true. But I really believe that by coming to the digital training sessions, I have learnt more than I have in the past 20 years. I would like to look at getting more involved in the other groups at Phoenix and perhaps explore other training opportunities.