Phoenix Youth Centre
The Phoenix Centre provides a new, fully inclusive, eco-friendly youth centre.
With a range of specialist, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, creative and professionally qualified staff, a quality curriculum and an extensive range of partners.
The Phoenix Centre is a combination of youth centre, performance space, Connexions information, advice and guidance centre, young people’s healthy living centre, language and cultural centre and business/social enterprise model. It is a meeting place where young people can relax, feel safe and supported, enjoy new experiences and have fun. Young people are able to participate in a range of activities and services including: Youth Arts activities – drama, band practice, singing, art, sculpture, dance, music making and recording, DJ-ing, MC-ing; Sporting skills, competitions, tournaments – football, basketball, table tennis, trampolining; Open evenings for parents and local community; Provision of information, advice and guidance, including careers education, housing etc.; Healthy eating/healthy lifestyle workshops; Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme; Volunteering activities and lots more!
The Youth Service delivers these activities within a curriculum, which ensures that activities are planned, and follow a consistent model based on three cornerstones – equal opportunities, participation and health promotion. The Curriculum’s focus on health promotion ensures a range of activities that are delivered to encourage young people to adopt a healthier lifestyle. For example, a range of healthy eating projects, a link to the Arena Sports Centre and their staff and facilities, such as the multi-use games areas will promote active pastimes. Key to the Centre’s work on health issues with young people is the successful partnership working with health organisations in the county.
The Phoenix Centre runs a youth service mobile provision for the young people living further away, to enable them to access the building. For disabled users there is a drop off point and disabled parking bays close to the Centre. Young people are encouraged to monitor the carbon footprint of the new Centre and develop strategies for helping to deliver environmentally-friendly projects and programmes.
The centre will provide a range of facilities and social areas, which will be managed by West Sussex County Council Youth Service.
The ground floor comprises of a meeting space and a cafe with internet access. This is connected to the multi-use hall providing space for badminton, arts, dance and drama activities.
Upstairs there are meeting and counselling rooms, a sophisticated sensory room, a music and recording studio and a selection of other facilities.