The Phoenix Project – helping older people overcome mental health problems

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For older people with mental health issues, The Phoenix Project in Middlesbrough helps to achieve something positive from a difficult period in their lives.

Originally a pilot study into the value of social rehabilitation, the project has developed into an established programme, providing an opportunity for people to spend time with others in a welcoming social environment.

Those attending can do as much or as little as they wish, whilst establishing new friendships and maintaining old ones.

Activities include:

  • Carpet bowls, including beginners classes
  • Craft group
  • Friendship Friday – including lunch, bingo, quiz and chat
  • Lunch & Social – including board games such as chess, Scrabble, cards, dominoes, Nintendo, Nu-Age Kurling and ping pong.
  • Chair based exercise
  • Dance exercise

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The priorities are to promote emotional wellbeing, good health and social inclusion.

The evidence is that these activities can contribute to extended remission periods for those with mental health issues, and that when admission to hospital is needed the stay is shortened.

The name Phoenix is a reference to the symbol on the badge worn by occupational therapists, whose involvement played an important part in the development of the project.

The Phoenix Project is part funded by Middlesbrough Council.

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Phoenix 2016 activities


Carpet Bowls
Fun, Social, Group (Bring a packed lunch)
10.30am – 2.00pm, Dorothy Rose House


Lunch n Social

Make new friends in a stimulating and social environment where you can play, dominoes, scrabble, musical bingo, and chess or tackle a jigsaw! Or for the more competitive – Ten Pin Bowling, Golf or table tennis!
Light lunch plus refreshments provided.
£3.00 per session (catering)
11.30am – 2.30pm, Dorothy Rose House
Booking essential contact Tina for details.

Podiatry Service   

Contact Tina for details and appointments.

Dancercise for 50+

Get fit and have fun with the new Phoenix Dancercise group!
The Phoenix Project and Nouveau Wellbeing present Dancercise - which combines dance and fitness to give you both cardio and toning benefits, all with the enjoyment of dancing to a great song!

Wednesday's from 11am -12pm at
Age UK Teesside, 190 Borough Road, Middlesbrough, TS12EH

To Download a leaflet click the link at the bottom of the page

Chair Exercise!

The Phoenix Project and Nouveau Wellbeing invite you to take part in a fun, seated workout for people living with dementia, including a range of gentle exercises.
Join us and reap the physical benefits.

Wednesday's 12pm -1pm
Age UK Teesside, 190 Borough Road, Middlesbrough, TS12EH

To Download a leaflet click the link at the bottom of the page


Craft sessions

Knitting embroidery card making crochet – or bring along your own craft/idea?
10am – 12noon, Dorothy Rose House
Contact Tina


Community Allotment   

Age UK Teesside Phoenix Project social event

Trinity Centre North Ormesby, 9.30am – 11.30am
Interested in Gardening? Love to grow your own Veg?  Contact Tina for further details.

Friendship Friday

Fish & Chips £4.30 or bring a packed lunch.
Bingo books & Raffle tickets available to purchase (bring along a raffle prize)
10.30am – 2.30pm, Dorothy Rose House
Booking essential - contact Tina


Zumba Gold with Glynn

A less intense class for those who are looking to be more active, can also be modified for those with mobility problems.
Age UK Teesside participants can claim six free classes and further discounts.
11.30 – 12.30, Beechwood, Easterside & Distric Social Club
Contact Tina

For more information and to make a booking, contact Tina Bonner on 01642 803328 or reception on 01642 805500.

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