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Phoenix Rising: Fostering Wellbeing, Creativity, and Community Connection

Written by Michelle Brace & The Pass It On Collective

The Phoenix Project works to promote wellbeing through a programme of social, therapeutic and creative activities. This includes the Phoenix Club which meets every Friday at the Friends Meeting House in Fonnereau Road to give community members a chance to catch up with each other and share lunch and True Thoughts (funded by the People's Health Trust) which meets there on Friday afternoons between 1 - 4pm for art making, project updates, planning trips and events together and mindful and creative activities.

The group visiting Mercury Theatre in Colchester.

The Phoenix Project has a long established partnership with ICM including a great history of making radio as the True Thoughts group. Thanks to recent Equity in Mind funding, the group has been meeting at South Street on Thursday afternoons for focussed training in use of the media lab to refresh and learn new media and digital skills and gain confidence in producing their own work.

So far this has included creation of short films, voice recordings and event production. This new strand of the Phoenix Project, known as the Pass It On Collective, is building a solid base of group members capable of heading up projects, sharing skills with others and volunteering in the wider ICM connected community.

The latest event 'Phoenix Rising' will be taking place at the Smokehouse on World Mental Health Day (10th October).

It's been put together by the group to enable them to connect socially, promote wellbeing and showcase the talent within the community and will include spoken word, DJing, music and singing performances.

The group also has an exhibition - 'Take a Walk on the Wild Side' - opening on 10th October at the Hive on Norwich Road.

The artworks on show have all been created by Phoenix Project members and have all been inspired by nature in some way. See poster for details of opening days / times.

Join the Phoenix Project - where creative activities become a lifeline. Whether you or someone you know is navigating mental health challenges, our safe and supportive space offers a chance to connect, learn new skills, and boost confidence through the transformative power of creativity. Contact for more info.

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