The Springboard Project & York Cares inspire local Employers

The Springboard Project worked in partnership with York Cares to hold a fantastic Employers Evening on Wednesday 2nd July. The event was held in De Grey Court at York St John University and was well attended by local employers keen to learn more about the Springboard Project and what was involved in providing opportunities for Springboard customers. Chris Watts, Director of Marketing & Student Recruitment opened the evening and we were delighted to hear from Network Rail, York Marriott and York Sport about their experiences of having Springboard customers join them for Taster Days or Work Placements. We also welcomed Jon Stonehouse, Director of Children’s Service, Education and Skills at City of York Council who spoke of the difficulties faced by young people leaving care and how employers can help them.  Carolyn Downes, Springboard Project Manager, and the Project Workers spoke about the benefits such opportunities gave to Springboard Customers and how employers can make a real difference to the futures of young people. The event was truly inspiring for all involved and the Springboard Project is looking forward to working with local employers to support our Customers in reaching their goals.

Thank you to York Cares and all who joined us on the night.

Carolyn Downes, Springboard Project Manager speaks to the group.

Carolyn Downes, Springboard Project Manager speaks to the group.

The Springboard Project is a Big Lottery Funded project based in the Phoenix Centre working with Care Leavers aged 16 – 25 years old in York, Selby and Ryedale. If you would like to find out more about Springboard please email us at or telephone 07891 854493.

YSJU hosts regional Graduate Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

BUSINESS ideas from students will be turned into reality this week as York hosts the regional Graduate Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.

More than 30 entrepreneurs from across the county are set to gather at York St John University for the annual event, sponsored by Finance Yorkshire and Blacks Solicitors.

The bootcamp takes the form of a four day residential event, and has awarded places to a number of new businesses including Phoenix tenant ReCONNECT, a venture in the first stage of planning which aims to address the gap in therapeutic approaches for army personnel and veterans that are experiencing mental health issues.

ReCONNECT is the brainchild of York St John University Psychology PhD graduate Elizabeth Freeman.

Miss Freeman said: “Boot Camp will give me the opportunity to seek assistance with pitching to gatekeepers, conduct market research, help with business finances and improve my communication skills when approaching new business opportunities.”

Read more here…

[source: York Press]

Phoenix Tenant Shortlisted for Business Award

David Dewey’s has been shortlisted for the York Press Technology Business of the Year award and the Young Entrepreneur of the Year after highlighting the successes of his avatar-based interviewing software.

Mr Dewey began developing the video interviewing concept in 2011, after several unsatisfactory experiences as a candidate himself.

He aimed not only to improve the candidate experience but also help businesses slash their time and costs per hire.

The software he developed allows employers to set up bulk video interviews, conducted by a virtual interviewer with the interviewee’s footage sent back to the employer to review at their convenience.

Read more here…

(source: York Press)

Phoenixer event plays stage to BBC1

Former Phoenixers Now & Then Events are well-known for their quirky Vintage events across major cities in the UK.  They attract buyers and sellers from all over and provide great opportunities to turn unwanted interesting items in to cash. Just the place for a ‘Delboy’ to try his luck at becoming a millionaire overnight?

‘York Does Vintage’, at Merchants Hall, recently played host to the current hit series of “Delboys and Dealers”.

“Most dealers turn to trading to make ready cash, but not all. In the Yorkshire dales Vicky lives comfortably in a beautifully-refurbished farm house with husband Roy. She’s been a stay-at-home housewife for twenty years. Now, with itchy feet and children flying the nest, she’s desperate for a new life as a proper trader, turning her insatiable appetite for a bargain into a real job. She’s searching for a profitable outlet for the ever-growing mountain of stock that’s taken over her garage.”

Skip to 28:40 to catch the vintage action at the Merchants Hall, York.

Tiny Treasures Premiere at York St John

On Friday 13th June 2014, York St John University will host the Premiere Launch event of Young Carers Revolutions latest project ‘Tiny Treasures’.

The play which is being shown in Primary schools across York and Durham, is a collaboration of all the Young Carer’s stories who have worked on the project.

Working with an award winning theatre company, Theatre Hullabaloo and supported by York Carers Centre and Phoenixer Inspired Youth, Young Carers Revolution have gone on to raise the bar in their pursuit to raise awareness of the existence of Young Carers.

We hope that you can come along and support the play and all the work that has been put into it.

Reserve your ticket here

Phoenixers Collaborate on YO1 Festival Video

The Phoenix has always been a place where like-minded businesses come together on projects – This time sees the York’s annual YO1 Festival get some creative video highlights.

On May 4th 2014, Yorks YO1 Festival made a statement of intent from within the walled cities boundaries. Lets put York on the festival map. The cities residents & students came with the same intention and together on that day smashed through an preconceptions that York was only a place of museums and history.

On a fun filled Sunday the union of organiser, public and musicians joined and made festival magic. Now in Its third year and from the humble beginnings of a group of dedicated local music lovers and promoters the events has gone from 1000 to 6000 revellers in 3 big steps. This year saw the likes of De La Soul celebrate their 25th years of 3 Feet High and Rising, Sub Focus, Danny Howard, Mistajam, Pulled Apart By Horses and Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip all join with the party faithful. Ministry of Sound & Flux came and joined in the action. Along with the other 6 stages the event has a diverse musical policy, which has been carefully crafted to ooze quality but not take itself too seriously.

This official video lovingly and hand crafted by Inspired Youth captures the essence of the YO1 magic,Yorks young & old partying side by side in a stress & carefree environment. The event is firmly rooted in the cities music scene and will continue to provide a platform for its local musicians and artists whilst bringing stella and unimaginable acts to perform at Yorks racecourse. The scene and benchmark is now firmly fixed for 2015.

Check it out below:


Grand Depart Outdoor Cinema Event

Recent Phoenixers Orillo are not only busy producing great video commercials but have found time to present an outdoor cinema right in the heart of York.

The setting is the tranquil Museum Gardens – which will play host to a giant outdoor screen showing live coverage of the Grand Depart – followed by a family themed film. This all happens on Sunday 6th July 2014.

orillo cinema-grand depart

here:now Dementia secures Joseph Rowntree Foundation funding

here:now dementia has this week secured Joseph Rowntree Foundation funding for two new projects, and funding to continue a third:

  • setting up York’s first supported volunteering scheme for people who have dementia, with partners United Response. The volunteers’ debut project will be turning a disused courtyard in the centre of York into a beautiful Secret Garden.
  •  running art and craft classes for people who have dementia, with partners York Learning.
  • continuing the ArtBus project – art workshops for isolated people with dementia, living in the west of York. Free transport provided for participants.

How To Fly single available on iTunes and Spotify

Following on from the success of the Music4Care project launch video – comes the downloadable single. The song comes from the music video, written and performed by young people brought up in state care, and was a joint project developed by Springboard and Inspired Youth. York St John were delighted to assist with it’s creation by offering its music and recording facilities as well as technical and music direction.

Shortlister employs York St John students

Savvy Phoenixers have not only made great use of the space at Phoenix but have also had to move offices to accommodate new staff.

As the business started to grow, director David Dewey saw huge benefits by working working closely with the York St John Careers team to find two undergraduates for work experience projects. The dialogue worked very well and not only did David secure the two work experience students he needed but was so impressed by their skills – he offered them both permanent positions within the growing business.

David said:

Originally I put out an advert for the positions and interviewed 6 people for the roles. The results were disappointing and I quickly realised that the two York St John students, on work experience, were far better options for my business. They demonstrated a good grasp of the business, a willingness to learn, great enthusiasm, energy and drive.

This is a great example of how students can realise their employment potential – even before they graduate, and of how businesses can use work experience as a great employment tool.

We wish both Josh and Lizzy all the best in their new full-time appointments and look forward to reporting on their progress in the near future.