Edith And Rachel

Help us move!

Want to help us move now and read the blog later? 

Gail says "Text MOVE46 £10 to 70070"

Gail says “Text MOVE46 £10 to 70070”

Text MOVE46 £10 to 70070 to donate £10. If you want to donate a different amount then just change the £10 to whatever you want to give

So We’re Moving in about 8 weeks!

You may already know this but Phoenix Health and Wellbeing are having to move at the end of September. Oxford Chambers has been our home for the last 5 years but it is now being turned in to a hotel. All of the building, including the old church, are being repurposed to create a Methodist hotel!

We have been searching for new premises and have now found somewhere just a hop skip and a jump away. 

The Up Side of Moving

The space we have found will be fantastic for us.  It is currently a large open plan rectangle which we are going to subdivide into purpose built rooms.  This means that, unlike our current space where some rooms are huge and some tiny, we will have more purpose built treatment rooms. This means we will be able to support more people. 

The lease is almost ready to be signed so when we get this done we’ll be able to give you a tour!!!!!!

The Down Side of Moving

The real issue that we have is cost.  We have had some quotes from builders and it looks as though it is going to cost in the region of £29,000 to partition the space and move! One reason why this is so high is that we need the partitions to be sound proof so that our clients can talk in confidence or relax in peace!

Here are some of the costs that we are facing:

  • Soundproof partitioning = £13,200
  • Putting ventilation in the rooms = £2,500
  • Putting lights around the place = £7,000
  • Sorting out the floor covering = £2,000
  • Sorting out the electrics = £2,000

And the list goes on…………

On a positive note……

Faced with this enormous bill we have all been pulling together and doing things to raise funds. Our counsellor Laura took part in Total Warrior, Gail has walked up Inglebrough, Rachel ran the Leeds Half Marathon, Gill swam 3kms in a lake in Wales and Ali is going to cycle 50 miles! As well as these sponsored events we have had a charity Ball and been given £3,000 by Wades Charity to help us on our way. 

All of this has added up to the grand total of £18,600! We are well on our way to reaching our target!

How you can help!

  • Take part in our text giving campaign. All you have to do is send a text to MOVE46 with the amount you want to donate. So if you want to give £10 you text MOVE46 £10 to 70070
  • Make a donate via our Virgin Giving page. Here’s a link https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1008434&stop_mobi=yes
  • Come along for a massage treatment
  • Rent one of our meeting rooms for your work meeting
  • Organise a work place massage session
  • Buy a gift voucher for a great present for someone click here

And here’s why we’re worth it…….

We offer support in the form of counselling and complementary therapies to people who have chronic health issues and low incomes. Last year alone we delivered a total of 1,871 bodywork treatments (such as massage or acupuncture) and 2,231 counselling appointments. That is a lot of people working with us to improve their wellbeing! Take a look at what some of our clients have to say:

“I have been visiting my GP less. Feeling much more positive and happy, looking forward to the future. Extremely supportive and professional, excellent service, thank you so much, keep up the excellent work”– Counselling client, female

Sports massage at Phoenix Health & Wellbeing has really helped my injuries. I have had a couple of sessions and while I wouldn’t describe them as enjoyable I can now move more freely and am in much less pain” – Sports massage, male

“Great venue and charity. It is wonderful to relax knowing that my massage will not only benefit me but someone else too. I can’t wait to go back” – Aromatherapy – female

The acupuncture is really relaxing and helping me with my anxiety and other medical issues. It is helping me to do my day to day activities” – Acupuncture – male

Phoenix Health and Wellbeing is a registered charity (1154273) offering support to people with chronic health issues and low incomes.  We do not receive any funding from central or local government or the NHS but fund our work by social enterprise.  People come along and have massage treatments, we visit work places to massage employees and give talks about stress management among other things.