Winning projects, 2020

Phoenix Community Housing's Community Chest gives out £100,000 each year to projects that will benefit and bring new opportunities to our residents and the community.

Small grants were awarded to:

Jelly Babies - Infant massage, yoga and mindfulness 5-weekly sessions for families with babies from newborn and their older siblings.

Parent Partnerships - Workshops in primary schools for parents/guardians to improve their confidence to support their children with homework for maths, English and reading and to develop their own understanding of key vocabulary in the National Curriculum.

Phoenix Senior Super Singers - 12 weekly singing workshops for over 60s Phoenix residents. They will explore song structures, lyrical content and developing performance skills.

Sedgehill American Football Programme - After school and Saturday morning American football sessions. Sessions include warm-up, speed and agility, skills development, offense, defence, small sided games.

Thrive in the Allotment - Pupils from Athelney school will attend the Firhill North Allotment during term time. In addition, family sessions will take place during school holidays. Sessions will include growing fruit and vegetables, physical exercise, educational activities and connecting with nature.

Wuntanara: Community African Drumming - African drumming community workshops for school children and families. 15 after school clubs and 15 family orientated evening events where participants will learn African drum rhythms.

Projects could also apply for a large grant, worth up to £20,000 and the winners were decided through a vote of all tenants. Nine projects were shortlisted for large grants, and the winners are:


Brent Knoll and Watergate Holiday Activity - £20,000

Lockdown during COVID19 has given everyone an insight into the isolation faced by children with SEND and their families. With strangers ready to condemn behaviour seen as “abnormal”, public playgrounds have always been tricky to negotiate. Poor communication skills mean our children aren’t able to maintain those on-line friendships on which we are all increasingly dependent. Operational throughout the pandemic, with your help we can safely deliver 10 days of holiday activities for around 50 children between both school sites, improving communication and social skills through sensory activities, cooking, music, creativity and sport (former pupils volunteering as football coaches).


Career Progression - £18,120

The Career Progression Programme supports an average 140 residents per year to overcome financial hardship and low pay. The aim of the project is to upskill and empower residents to reach their full potential and progress their careers. Residents can access FREE training, CV support, application writing and apply for well paid jobs/traineeships and Apprenticeships to increase their income. Due to COVID -19 residents face reduction in pay and unemployment affecting their mental health and wellbeing. We will tackle when working closely with families on a 1:1 securing better paid roles suitable to their needs.


Sports Fun 4 All - £14,353

Free football coaching for young people every Wednesday at Downham Leisure Centre delivered by FA qualified and DBS checked coaches.

The project will:

- create a positive learning environment for children and young people in a safe space that will help residents to live healthier lives, improve their mental and physical wellbeing and reduce social isolation

- remove barriers to accessing a high-quality facility that will empower residents to use sport as vehicle for change in their community through volunteering opportunities

- develop residents’ soft skills and provide opportunities to access accredited qualifications and training that will increase employment opportunities


Young Carers - £20,000

The Young Carers Holiday Club provides activities for those aged 5-16 who are providing care to a family member.

With activities 4 days per week for 9 weeks of half term (excluding Christmas) our young carers can meet others in the same circumstances, receive respite from their home life and experience new things.

Some activities on offer are ice skating, laser quasar, beach trips, bowling, day trips, arts & crafts and a huge end of summer party.

We also have a residential to Macaroni Woods, in the Cotswolds, to spend time within nature for a break from their caring responsibilities. 


Youth First - £20,000

We would love to be able to offer fun packed school holidays. With additional funding we will be able to offer full weeks of provision during the holidays. We will be able to get specialist artists on-sites, offer a family trip to the seaside, BBQ’s at the site. Have a fun day with big inflatables and offer daily arts and craft sessions.

We will also provide onsite activities, pool, table tennis, computer console games. Outdoor sports, football, climbing, rope swings.

We offer a safe place to go with trained staff on-site at all times looking after the young people.