Why use The Phoenix Centre?
Exciting, bright & environmentally friendly spaces at The Phoenix...
In recent years the Trustees, following consultation with user groups and with the assistance of grant givers have been able to make significant changes to The Phoenix Centre. In the last four years we have struggled to secure over £800,000 of funding to turn the Centre in to what is probably the 'greenest' refrubished Community Centre in Kent and possibly one of the best equiped. After years of work by the Trustees and volunteer team The Phoenix Centre is now something that our entire community can have pride in.
As part of the project the whole Centre has now been refurbished, the main public areas have been entirely remodelled with the addition of many green features and environmentally sound technologies, all of this work has been completed to a high standard. You will find that The Centre is bright, clean, warm in the winter, cool in the summer, offering scope for a wide range of activities or functions.
Spaces available for hire in the Community Centre: (NOW OPEN FOLLOWING REFURBISHMENT)
Main Hall: A large well lit hall, decorated in soft yellow with beautiful Altro Chameleon Art wall cladding, it has a bright, airy feel with windows overlooking the grounds. The hall also enjoys direct access to the cafe/meeting area. Heating provided by Air Sourced Heat Pumps.
Stage: The Centre has a large stage with bamboo laminate flooring with pale yellow walls. An excellent space for rehearsals and a host of other performance activity when hired with the Main Hall. The Stage can also be partitioned from the Main Hall by the use of a full size acoustic wall creating a quiet space ideal as a 'breakout room' or as a committee/meeting room. This space also has a built in LCD projector and very large screen, available at an additional fee.
Kitchen: The kitchen is a spacious catering kitchen; this serves into the cafe area. The kitchen is completely new with ample cupboards, seven burner gas hob, double oven and grill, microwave, toaster, kettle, powerful extrator system, large upright freezer, fridge and dish washer/sanitizer, double sink/drainer unit, bright white splash backs as well as a bar/servery style counter. All appliances are either manufactured by Bosch or Belling.
One 2 One Consultation Suite: We have also, as part of the chartiable annexe developed a consultation space, this will enable a wide range fo services to be delivered directly into the community with support of the local PCT and other statutory service providers. The suite is not yet available for hire as we are in the process of furnishing and equipping the space.
The annexe also has a supreb toilet block, comprising of Female, Male, Disabled (alarmed) and Toddler toilets, all equipped to the highest standards and including a wide range of novel recyeld materials, energy efficient lighting, low flush cisterns, toilets flushing with harvested rainwater, baby changer, toddler seat and waterless urinals.
Spaces available for hire in the Youth Wing:
Youth Hall: Great acoustics, with very funky decoration, the hall houses a pool table, pay to play juke box, it enjoys direct access to the grounds via its own designated smoking area and has a relaxed seating area. This hall can be hired for meetings and parties. With access via serving hatch to kitchen area. Air conditioning available.
Youth Cafe: A bright, light airy space decorated in lively citrus colours, furnished with aluminium and wooden cafe cafe chairs and tables, very continental. With access via serving hatch to kitchen area. Air conditioning available.
Youth Kitchen: Well equipped large kitchen, two electric cookers, microwave, coffee filter etc. Can be hired with Youth Hall and/or Youth Cafe.
We also have a wide range of equipment to support presentations, seminars and workshops. Available for hire on site, we have full size presentation display boards, white wipe boards, LCD projectors, TV, DVD, Video, OHP, screens, 35mm slide projector, internet access at broadband speeds and high quality PA system. We can also arrange crockery and tea urn hire for seminars and celebratory events.
Grounds and Car Parking :
The Centre sits in its own tree lined grounds, despite its proximity to the Centre of Sandwich the grounds feel very secluded and we are visited by a wide range of wildlife which adds both colour and interest to the grounds. The privacy offered make this an ideal space for outdoor activity of many types.
We have our own Car Park with in our grounds, free to Centre user groups, the Car Park is open and well lit. As the grounds are gated it is possible to offer greater security than could be enjoyed by on street parking.