Thanking our new Recovery through Nature funder

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26 July 2016

Phoenix are delighted to welcome the support of the Masonic Charitable Foundation to deliver our Recovery through Nature project.

Recovery through Nature is a highly effective therapeutic programme that engages teams of service-users in treatment for substance addiction in a range of practical conservation projects and uses that experience to aid their rehabilitation and recovery. The programme was neatly summed up by one of our service-users who said:

“The idea of Recovery through Nature is simple, through old fashioned hard graft in the countryside recovering addicts can build self-worth, bond through team work and make a real contribution to conserving this green and pleasant land.”

Current statistics show that participants who take part in the Recovery through Nature programme are far more likely to complete their treatment than those who don't (77%  completing, compared to just 46% for those who don't participate).

Karen Biggs Chief Exec of Phoenix Futures said:

“Once a week, come rain or shine, groups of service-users undertake professional standard conservation work at 15 conservation sites around the country, conserving areas of natural beauty for all of us to enjoy. It’s often the activity that people remember most about their time in treatment and an experience they take with them on their recovery journey. We couldn’t do this without the support of organisations like the Masonic Charitable Foundation. I’d like to thank them for joining us to sustain and develop this innovative project.”

David Innes, Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, said:

“We are delighted to support the Recovery through Nature programme with a £50,000 grant to Phoenix Futures. We hope that the grant will enable the charity to continue its fantastic and innovative work with people affected by substance addiction.”

Click here if you’d like to know more about Recovery through Nature

About the Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the Foundation awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people. The Foundation also helps to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contributes to worldwide appeals for disaster relief.  In total, the Foundation’s support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally.

As well as providing grants to charities, the Foundation supports Masonic families with a financial, health or family need.

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Phoenix Futures is a registered charity in England and Wales (No 284880) and in Scotland (No SCO39008); Company Limited by Guarantee Number 1626869; Registered Provider of Social Housing with Homes England (H3795).