What we've achieved

November 2016 - SIFA Fireside

A team from Customer volunteered their time at SIFA Fireside in Birmingham city centre, helping to prepare and serve lunches to their clients.  Approximately 70 lunches were served on the day to those in need.

 

SIFA Fireside exists to support homeless or vulnerably-housed people, many of whom are affected by alcohol and substance misuse as well as mental health problems.

Read more on their website.

September 2016 - SIFA Fireside

A team from Engagement and Development volunteered their time at SIFA Fireside in Birmingham city centre, helping to prepare and serve lunches to their clients.  Approximately 67 lunches were served on the day to those in need.

 

SIFA Fireside exists to support homeless or vulnerably-housed people, many of whom are affected by alcohol and substance misuse as well as mental health problems.

September 2016 - Arrow Valley Country Park

Staff from our Group Risk and Customer teams volunteered their time at Arrow Valley Country Park in Redditch, assisting Redditch Borough Council’s park rangers with outdoor park maintenance.

 

This was the largest volunteering event we have arranged this year and was well received by the Council.  They commented “Phoenix volunteers were very enthusiastic.  They assisted with litter picking, pathway clearance and contributed to a large scale project of tree reduction in Millennium Wood.”

 

The works in the woodland area has multiple benefits:

The remaining trees will now have the opportunity to grow stronger and create a more sustainable and valuable woodland.

The trees removed will form the foundation for hibernacula habitats for resident reptiles and amphibians.  Our volunteers helped arrange the pile of the cuttings, which will be topped with cut grass.  The grass effectively works like a traditional thatched roof, helping to keep warmth within the structure.

 

Once the grass is removed from the meadow fields, the soil fertility will improve and the volume of wildflowers in that area will improve.

  

‘We feel extremely privileged to be able to work with Redditch Borough Council and help Arrow Valley Country Park. After spending the day with the Council representatives and seeing the number of local residents who use the park, we feel grateful to have been able to help our community and ensure the longevity of the Millennium Wood.’ Laura Broomfield, Group Risk

 

Read more in the press release that was issued from the event.

July 2016 - St Mary's Elderly Care Group

Our Site Services and Engagement and Development teams hosted a 'Holiday at Home' event onsite at Wythall.  The event was run in conjunction with St Mary's Elderly Care Group.  Lunch was served to 55 members of our local community.

Nigel Biggs, Catering Team Manager said “It was an absolute honour to be able to help put a smile on the faces of these wonderful people.  I could have listened to them telling their stories all day. I’m proud to have been part of this special day.”

 

July 2016 - Mind

The HR Resourcing and Operations team visited one of Mind’s homes in Erdington for a mini garden make-over. The team got involved in a spot of gardening, but also painted the exterior fencing. They also kindly donated a bird feeder for their garden area.

June 2016 - Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Our Group Tax team volunteered at Slimbridge Wetland Centre, taking part in planting, clearing and repairing duck decoys.

This event also co-incided with our 200th volunteer of the year from our Wythall site.

 

 

June 2016 - Wythall and Hollywood Road Race

Phoenix Group was the premier sponsor of the Wythall and Hollywood Road Race, which included a 10km, 5km and 1.5km fun run in the Wythall community. Phoenix staff volunteered on the day to assist with marshalling of the road race.

Find out more about the race on the 'Wythall and Hollywood Fun Run' website.

June 2016 - Community Litter Pick

A team from Phoenix Life Finance - Actuarial Reporting, who are no strangers to volunteering took to the streets, or rather the park and spent an afternoon litter picking at Wythall Community Association Park.  The day they were out volunteering the community centre was being used as a polling station, so they did their bit to keep the vicinity clean, whilst also promoting the ‘Phoenix’ brand.

“Our ‘Litter Pick’ at nearby Wythall Park was a huge success. Numerous bags of rubbish were collected from the various areas of the park especially near the playground.”  Phoenix Group volunteer

June 2016 - Dickens Heath Community Primary School

A team of ten visited Dickens Heath Community Primary School, helping to tidy the school’s outdoor garden and farm area.

 

“The team achieved lots!!  A big thank you for organising the day and to the team, who worked diligently throughout the day.” Sam Pritchard, Site Safeguarding & Outdoor Development Coordinator

May 2016 - Give and Gain Day 2016

Phoenix Group participated in Business in the Community's Give & Gain Day 2016. This is the UK’s only national day of employee volunteering. Now in its 8th year, thousands of people from hundreds of companies were out in force on Friday 20 May celebrating the incredible power of employee volunteering.

Two teams from our Wythall site participated in different exercises. The first was an event at Cheswick Green Primary School, which involved a spot of garden maintenance in the morning, following by cooking with the pupils in the afternoon.  They made Jamie Oliver’s Squash it Sandwiches.

The second event was attended by Life Finance’s Business Planning Team and Engagement and Development team members.  The Finance team participated in this national event the year before, so were keen to offer their assistance again.  The volunteers helped develop an outdoor area at the Minerva Centre in Birmingham.  The Centre works with pupils from reception age through to Year 6, as well as providing the City of Birmingham School outreach support.

 

To read more about Give & Gain day, see their website

May 2016 - Trident Reach the People Charity

A second team of volunteers went out to Trident Reach the People Charity’s care home in Northfield, to continue work on the garden make-over, which Internal Communications kick-started in April. The team certainly added a splash of colour to the garden.

“The Phoenix Group volunteers have made such a difference to our garden. Thank you to all the volunteers for all their hard work and kindness whilst they were here”. Trident Reach's Care home Manager

May 2016 - Numbers Partners - financial literacy in schools

Fifteen members of staff have been trained to deliver 'Numbers Partners' in a local school.

Numbers Partners is a scheme designed to support young people in schools with their numeracy skills.  Volunteers play board games with young people, generating a discussion about numbers, giving them vital practice in arithmetic and boosting their confidence in basic maths. 

Volunteers work in small groups playing the games and helping children with their mental arithmetic.

It is understood that over 25% of eleven year olds in the West Midlands region fail to achieve the required Government standard for their age group in Numeracy.  That means one in every four pupils needs extra help. 

Read more about Numbers Partners on their website.

 

May 2016 - Woodrush Community Hub

Nigel Biggs, Catering Team Manager and team supported the launch of Woodrush High School’s Community Hub, following a 6 month volunteering exercise. The Change team also assisted during the planning stage. The facility is now open to members of the Wythall and Hollywood community, and houses an onsite gym, library and café.  Read more on their website.

“Phoenix has been an integral part of the Woodrush Hub Café project. Without the support of Nigel and other key individuals we would not have been able to achieve the level of success we have to date. In particular Nigel’s support and professional guidance has provided us with the ability to move the project from an idea into a reality. Nigel has played a key role in developing the project, from kitchen design through to staff recruitment. As a School we are privileged and blessed to have such a supportive business as Phoenix on board.” Faye Parker, Director of Youth and Community Provision

 

 

May 2016 - Birmingham St Mary's Hospice

Members of Group Risk volunteered their time at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, helping to clear the garden area and clean the Hospice’s vehicles.

 

Launched in 1979, the Hospice cares for people with life limiting illnesses from Birmingham and Sandwell. They are a hospice providing palliative care and emotional support to patients and relatives. Their mission is to help people with a terminal illness enjoy the best quality of life possible to ensure their loved ones are supported for as long as they need. Visit their website for further information

 

“Many thanks to the volunteers. The vans are so clean, and the garden is looking ready for Summer. They worked so hard and we appreciate the time spent with us. Birmingham St Mary's Hospice Corporate Partnerships Manager

 

April 2016 - SIFA Fireside

A team from Operations – Outsource Management volunteered their time at SIFA Fireside in Birmingham city centre, helping to prepare and serve lunches to their clients.  Approximately 130 lunches were served on the day to those in need. In addition, the team helped sort the clothing donations and prepared food parcels.

 

SIFA Fireside exists to support homeless or vulnerably-housed people, many of whom are affected by alcohol and substance misuse as well as mental health problems.

April 2016 - Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and London's Air Ambulance

Three members of staff, including one member of the Executive Management Team completed the London Marathon in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and London's Air Ambulance, raising £11,136.22 (including Company matching and Gift Aid).

A distance of 26.2 miles was achieved with around 40,000 participants involved in the event.

Read more about Midlands Air Ambulance Charity on their website.

Read more about London's Air Ambulance on their website.

April 2016 - Trident Reach the People Charity

Our Internal Communications team kick-started a garden make-over at Trident Reach the People Charity’s care home in Northfield.  They helped create a pond area, built a bird table and cleaned the site in readiness for a different team of volunteers going out in May.

 

The care home manager was very appreciative: “Could you please say a massive ‘thank you’ to all the team for all their hard work. Our guys were really excited and so much got done.”

 

April 2016 - Trident Reach the People Charity

A small team redecorated Trident Reach the People Charity’s office in Kings Norton, helping to make the area more welcoming to their clients.

“It was a great experience overall and by speaking to the guys at Trident Reach, we gained quite an insight into what the charity does.”  Phoenix volunteer

March 2016 - Birmingham St Mary's Hospice

The Customer Operations team visited Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice to help tidy their garden area and washed some of the vehicles onsite. The Hospice’s Facilities team were very impressed with the work the team did!!  A donation of £5,500 was also presented to the Hospice.

 

Launched in 1979, the Hospice cares for people with life limiting illnesses from Birmingham and Sandwell. They are a hospice providing palliative care and emotional support to patients and relatives. Their mission is to help people with a terminal illness enjoy the best quality of life possible to ensure their loved ones are supported for as long as they need. Visit their website for further information.

March 2016 - Radio Wythall Club

Car parking facilities at the Wythall site were donated to Radio Wythall Club, to assist them with additional visitor parking for their popular Hamfest event, which was taking place in the Wythall area.

Read more about the event on their website.

March 2016 - Community Litter Pick

A team from Actuarial Reporting ‘Cleaned for the Queen’ - by participating in a litter-pick around Earlswood Lakes, near to the Wythall site. They removed 15-20 bags of rubbish from the area.  The team enjoyed the experience, and have expressed an interest in going out again later in the year.

 

Read more about 'Clean for the Queen' on their website.

March 2016 - Mad March Hare Sportive

Car parking facilities at the Wythall site were donated to participants of the Mad March Hare Sportive cycle race. An estimated 800 cyclists participated in the gruelling 115km road race, which take riders through Worcestershire and Warwickshire villages and hamlets.

Read more about the Mad March Hare Sportive on their website.

February 2016 - Birmingham St Mary's Hospice - Fashion Show

A member of staff kindly volunteered her time to be a model at Birmingham St Mary's Hospice charity shop fashion show in Dorridge.  Her efforts helped to raise nearly £500 through sales on the night and raffle.

February 2016 - SIFA Fireside

Staff volunteers visited SIFA Fireside in Birmingham city centre to assist with their lunchtime preparations.

SIFA Fireside exists to support homeless or vulnerably-housed people, many of whom are affected by alcohol and substance misuse as well as mental health problems.

The charity provides a drop-in centre every week day, where clients can access clothes and laundry services, food, a hot shower and plenty of conversation. The volunteers helped clean the tables, made the coffee 'n tea, served the lunches and kept the dishwasher stocked and running.

Staff at the Wythall site further support SIFA Fireside by collecting unwanted miniature toiletries each month, for use in the centre's onsite shower service.

Read more about SIFA Fireside on their website.

February 2016 - Woodrush High School - Social Enterprise Day

Resourcing Consultants from the HR team at Wythall volunteered their time to assist with Woodrush High School's Social Enterprise Event.  The volunteers provided Year 10 students with feedback on their ideas.

One of the volunteers commented "I saw some really energised students who really wanted to understand the products they had chosen and their target audiences."

Read more about Woodrush High School on their website.

February 2016 - Birmingham St Mary's Hospice Charity Shop Challenge

Phoenix Life CEO and his management team participated in Birmingham St Mary's Hospice Charity Shop Challenge, raising valuable funds for the Hospice.

Staff across the Group got involved in this challenge, by donating household items for onward shop sales and supporting the various onsite raffles, auctions and prize draws.  The onsite promotions alone helped raise £4,598.38 for the Hospice. 

The true winners of this challenge were the Hospice themselves, who will benefit not only from the cash donations, but also from the increased footfall into their stores, and the newly refitted shop in Weoley Castle which the Group arranged ahead of the event.

 

Read more in the press release from the event.

 

Read more about Birmingham St Mary's Hospice on their website.

 

 

January 2016 - Upcycled Garden for Trident Reach the People Charity

Staff volunteers from our Customer team visited one of Trident Reach the People's Charity's care homes in Birmingham to create an upcycled garden.

Trish Astley, Community Support Worker at the site commented, "We are so pleased to be getting the garden area done as so many clients use it throughout the year for BBQs and social time. This support means that we will be able to provide wellbeing classes and keep fit that residents have been asking for so long!"

Read more about the new garden in the press release from the event.

Read more about Trident Reach the People Charity on their website.

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