PHOENIX RISING:MK Creative & Social Opportunities for adults with support needs

We are a day service providing a range of creative and community based activities for

adults with disabilities and support needs.

Based at two excellent venues; York House in Stony Stratford and The Chrysalis Theatre at Camphill,

we offer a wide range of creative & social activities to suit everyone's needs and interests.

Our focus is on people's Abilities rather than their Disabilities.

Now Serving Milton Keynes, Bucks, Beds & Northants

Our programme includes: Art, Crafts, Photography, Performing Arts, Music & Out & About activities in the community, including swimming. We also run regular social opportunities including the popular monthly ‘Open Mic’ evenings at The Cock Hotel in Stony Stratford.

PHOENIX RISING:MK was established in 2015 by Directors Adrian Pinckard & Sarah Bament, both of whom have over 30 years' experience in teaching and educational management in both the mainstream and learning disability sectors. The staff team are also highly experienced and passionate about working with adults with support needs.

We are a Community Interest Company (CIC) therefore all profits are re-invested back into our service.

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7.00 'til 10.00



Open to all.

Entry £10. (Carers free.)


Please note, this is an unsupported event.

HUGE THANKS to THE BOSHIER- HINTON FOUNDATION for their very generous grant to enable us to buy new laptops and other equipment for our expanding Media session.

Thank you so much!

We're now full up!

As from June 1st 2022, all our sessions are now full.

Therefore, unless you have already applied prior to June 1st and been offered a place with us, or have taster / trial sessions set up, we cannot now accept any new group members.

However, we can add your name to our reserve list and can then let you know should a place become available in the future.

We are also happy to recommend other local service providers who may be able to help you.

BUT ... Our Open Mic Nights are open to all. The Cock Hotel in Stony Stratford, the last Wednesday evening of each month.

See below ...


Our proposal to hold a five day festival of Arts in Middleton Hall, thecentre:mk in the summer of 2023 has been given the green light and it will be taking place during the first week of July next year. The five days would include one weekend. Middleton Hall is the large open area adjacent to John Lewis store in Milton Keynes which has a floor size of 1,800 square metres. (See pictures below)

As many people will already know, our key strengths are the creative & performing arts and our ethos is on promoting people's Abilities rather than their Disabilities, creating an environment where they can flourish and realise their full potential. So our festival will reflect this and be a festival of abilities.


As per our ethos, we want to showcase, promote and celebrate the amazing creative talents of our clients with support needs who we call ‘group members’ and indeed all people with learning difficulties, neuro diversities and support needs, to the maximum number of people as possible in a prominent public and accessible space.


Inspired by success and achievements in 2019 and 2021, where we hosted a Fashion show at The Chrysalis Theatre, an ambitious Art exhibition at the new Gallery space at MK Museum, and more recently a Pantomime held at The Chrysalis Theatre, we now want to embrace an outlet that can reach out to more of the general public in a larger forum.

The great attraction of Middleton Hall is that in such a venue we will have vastly more exposure and not be ‘preaching to the converted’ as we would be if we were to hold the event in traditional gallery, exhibition or performance spaces. The footfall through Middleton Hall is in the many thousands per week and the vast majority of people see events held there in passing, ‘stumbling on’ them whist out shopping or just passing through. Middleton Hall is clearly therefore by far and away the best venue for such an event, aimed at reaching as many people as possible to get our message of positivity of people with disabilities across.


We plan to allocate a large section of the Hall to a major exhibition of creative art produced by our group members. The work will include painting, prints, photography, crafts, fashion work and sculpture.

To tie in with this, we will have some interactive creative activities which members of the visiting public can be involved in including art & craft workshops for both adults and children.

Alongside this fixed feature, we will have a series of changing activities including performances of dance, singing and music by our performing arts group members led by our session lead for performing arts, Karina Streeton. Again, there will be opportunities for public engagement.

During lockdown of 2020 we established our own TV channel called ‘HI VIZ TV’ which our Media group members produce and we plan to do a broadcast from the event. Members of the visiting public and local retailers will have the opportunity to contribute to this. We also plan to hold a live broadcast from the event on our radio show on Stony Radio.


This Is Me’ is all about standing up for yourself and being proud of who you are, accepting yourself and others with all our differences, challenges and insecurities. The value of the individual and individuality and the enriching qualities that diversity of all kinds can bring to our communities. Whilst the key thrust of our festival will be to promote and champion the positive contribution that people with learning difficulties, disabilities and neurodiversity can make to our community/society, we also want to draw attention to the value of ALL people no matter what their background, ethnicity, colour, creed or abilities.


We are looking for local business sponsors to work in partnership with us in a mutually beneficial way on this fabulous event and help make it a reality. Such a partnership can fulfil a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) mission and generate valuable publicity, or simply provide the satisfaction of giving something back to the local community.

We really hope that there are some sponsors out there who will want to get on board with us towards promoting this important message and take advantage of the huge public exposure opportunity and positive 'feelgood factor' of this uplifting event offers.

So we're not just asking for handouts here. We're inviting you to get involved and help yourselves too!

So, tell us how WE can help YOU when YOU help US ?!

Need more information? Please contact Adrian on 01908 318140 /

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We're now full up!

As from June 1st 2022, all our sessions are now full.

Therefore, unless you have already been offered a place with us we cannot now accept any new group members.

However, we can add your name to our reserve list and can then let you know should a place become available in the future.

We are also happy to recommend other service providers for you.


Funding for your attendance with us may be available from your own local authority.

Please note that we now only accept clients who are in receipt of direct funding rather than Council-managed budgets. For Milton Keynes, you can find out more about this here .

Our location means that we can also accept people from all neighbouring local authorities including Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.

Our standard daily rate is £50.00 per day. Where individuals require additional support (such as personal care, assistance with meals, etc. the rate will then be from £65.00 and up to £115.00 per day where 1:1 support is needed.

"Every young person with any needs should spend at least one session with Phoenix Rising: it makes you realise that there are groups that actually care for and nurture our precious young people xxxx"


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Thank you!

The Phoenix Team.

Phoenix Rising:MK acknowledges financial support from MK Community Foundation

01908 318140 / 07858560394
Phoenix Rising: MKYork House, London Road,Stony Stratford. MK11 1JQ