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.