"This isn’t fun - Its enjoyable!"

Ask a student and they will tell you it is 'enjoyable!' Why not fun, I hear you ask? Fun is a word we ban, as it does not give you any information. Enjoyable opens up a conversation and the young person will gladly tell you how he or she learnt to turn the Fire Appliance engine on to supply water, how he or she ran out a hose and make it up. How they rescued a 15 stone casualty from the BA Chamber, how they connected a hose to the Fire hydrant, or how they blasted Keith and me at paint balling!

What does the Helston Phoenix Mentoring Project do?

We are a voluntary project under the remit of Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service.  We follow the aims and objectives of our partner the ‘Phoenix Project’ to raise aspirations, motivate the young people and enhance their employment prospects.

The Model

Helston Project is a unique project under the remit of Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. Our public liability and Insurance are covered by Cornwall Fire and Rescue service.

The team have been running activities for the young people of Helston Community College and the wider community for over 15 years.

We are a self- funded project run by a small committee. Our staff are fire-fighters, work in education and Ex-Army Veterans. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds, they offer a wide range of experiences. We are all DRB checked. Some of our young participants are also trained to provide a peer a mentoring service.

We work in partnership with Active Plus- Veterans Inspiring People. Active Plus and Helston Phoenix run the extra- curricular projects after school. Active Plus also coordinate and run our very successful Life Craft courses, held at a local farm.

Helston Phoenix Project is a disciplined project. Each participant will sign a behaviour contract. Helston Phoenix Project has expectations in behaviour and discipline and work ethos.

The Helston Phoenix Project activities include practical and problem-solving activities that build confidence, motivation, resilience and enhance communication skills.

Participants will learn about Fire Safety in the home and important life skills.

Heartstart -CPR and First Aid.

Fire Service Drills and Marching- encourages team work and inclusion

Practice a fire drill and rescue a casualty- using hoses, breathing apparatus and fire appliance -encourages, discipline, good behaviour and a work ethos.

Each participant will be responsible for their own kit, which they must wear on the drill ground. No inappropriate clothing allowed.

The Project aims:

  • Increase self-esteem
  • Promote Confidence
  • Promote teamwork
  • Increase communication skills
  • Tackle poor behaviour
  • Increase attendance in school

We have discussions about online safety, drug and alcohol awareness, anti-social behaviour ( in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police) and road safety.

Helston Phoenix Project works closely with Devon and Cornwall Police (Helston).

Helston Phoenix Project reserves the right to dismiss a young person if they are seen or heard to take part in gang culture and bring the project into disrepute.



Helston Phoenix Mentoring Project is a not for profit voluntary project that fundraises for activities for our young people.

All monies raised are spent on providing activities for our young people.

Our young people take great pride in their community projects.  They have worked with the National Trust to clear pathways and resurface them at our local amenities park.

We pride ourselves on our success with our grants to date.  Donations and grants keep this project functioning to help Helston’s Youth.

Out of hours activities for young people is a costly extra for parents.  Our project provides ‘Free’ activities during term time and the school holidays.  (The only holiday we don’t work is Christmas!)

If you would like to make a donation to our funds you can contact our Team Lead – Helston Fire Station Manager at Helston Community Fire Station.


Thank you.



Aims and objectives

Aims and objectives of the Helston Phoenix Mentoring Project:

• Improve motivation through physical and mental challenges. Help vulnerable young people to enjoy and achieve personal and social recreation. Improve social skills through team work.

• Promote community spirit within young people. Set up working partnerships with local councils.

• Achieve competency. Provide a full and varied course, engaging fully with outside agencies.

• Stay safe from crime and antisocial behaviour. Help young people develop their social skills and realise that how they choose to behave is their choice.

• Help to promote community spirit. The team liaise with school, police. Most importantly use a systemic approach to involve parents and families; including the wider family network fully at all times.

• Choose not to use illegal drugs. Support young people with social and emotional problems.

• Promote equal opportunities within employment and enhance employment prospects.

• Work with young people who are gifted, but not reaching their full potential.

• Support young people at risk of exclusion.

• Improve low self-esteem.

• Increase self confidence.