The Phoenix Project is a Welsh Government sponsored intervention that is aimed at young people aged between 11-25, who have either offended, are on the cusp of offending, or vulnerable.
It challenges existing attitudes and promotes independent thinking in young people by using fire service activities to develop personal attributes such as working as a team, exploring physical and mental limits, and promoting and educating young people about the role of the fire and rescue service.
Over 5 days, young people will engage in Fire and Rescue service activities such as hose running, using ladders and search and rescue. There are many opportunities for self exploration such as coping under pressure, working as part of a team and dealing with demanding tasks. Throughout the week young people are supported in every way to draw out the best in themselves all the time supported by a dedicated team. By the end of the week young people will have gained a valuable insight into the role of the firefighter and the activities within the fire service. The week will culminate in a demonstration of skills and presentation of certificates. The young people will leave the project with a new found sense of confidence, pride and self worth.
The Phoenix Project is accredited by Agored Cymru (opens in a new window/tab). Three QALL (Quality Assured Lifelong Learning) units are completed throughout the week and recorded in the Phoenix Project workbook. The units are currently available at level two and level one.
The course is aimed at young people with fire-related issues such as hoax calls and arson, or for those with anti-social or offending behaviour. Young people who are on the cusp of offending can also benefit from attending the Phoenix Project.
Issues that these young people may have include:
- Lack of confidence, low self-esteem;
- Struggle to perform academically;
- Problems with communicating;
- Difficult to engage with;
- In need of vocational direction;
- At the risk of getting into trouble;
- Vulnerable to peer pressure.