All funds raised from this calendar will be used to fund the vital family support services offered by both charities.

New stretch target

What will overfunding be used for: 

All over funding will be used to change even more lives of those who the two charities support. The money on Hearts and Minds Challenge will be used to help fund the new support center based in the North West. Also the Manchester Phoenix Community Sports Foundation will use the money to support the Manchester phoenix community schemes including their Sledge hockey and women's teams. 

Your Requests Honoured – The Phoenix Nude Calendar is Back

After feedback from the community of the North West the Phoenix Nude Calendar Crowdfunder is back. We are back with new pledge options available, including a £2 and a £5 pledge. Our partners have also allowed new goodies to be released including unseen photos from the day. Every donation counts and every donation will allow for more families to be supported by our charities.

Hearts and Minds Challenge and the Manchester Phoenix Community Sports Foundation, formed a partnership in September in the hope that together they can help more families with their work. Together we are raising funds by creating and selling the #nudephoenix calendar featuring members from the Manchester Phoenix, the English Premier League Ice Hockey Championship winning team, with their kit off. The players kindly agreed to support both charities by stripping off for the camera.

Phoenix players bear all for Charity partnership

All funds raised from the selling and fundraising of the calendar will be used to fund the vital family support services offered by both charities, whose work in the North West region is highly recognised.By pledging to our cause today you are helping to ensure a better future for families across the North West affected by physical, emotional and economical difficulties, to ensure we can help provide them with a better future. 

Hearts and Minds Challenge

Hearts And Minds Challenge are planning to open a Family Support Centre in Manchester to support children with Autism and their families. This centre will provide a friendly and safe environment for families to come and will provide a number of support services aimed at securing a better start for their children who are growing up facing unnecessary challenges and potential disadvantage later in life.

Hearts and Minds Challenge

Autistic families face many hurdles that they have to overcome to ensure their children are given the chance to reach their full potential and this can put a great strain on the families’ day to day life with many parents left feeling isolated, frustrated and angry. From this centre we will offer a wide range of support programmes for the whole family which will include the following:

Advice surgery: This will take place twice a week in the Centre, offering face to face legally based SEN advice and support.

Online support information service: Information will be readily available to parents, at the point of need. Additionally, an online form for families to complete will be available, should they require further personalised information. Email responses will be detailed with clear, next steps advice given. This service aims to provide a quick response clarifying the family’s legal position and giving support to enable the family to progress their case to the next stage. A confidential database will be developed and allow scrutiny / monitoring of advice given.

Casework support: In more complex cases, we will provide a bespoke casework approach. This provides a family with ongoing, personalised, legally based advice and support throughout their case, including tribunal preparation and possible representation at a Hearing. This service is limited and we recognise the importance of empowering parents to move their situations forward with a ‘lighter touch’ approach available through our comprehensive listed services.

Social skills workshops: These workshops provide parents and children with the tools and strategies to support and develop communication skills at home. Improvements in social skills will enable parents to take children into social situations with fewer incidents and less anxiety and stress.

Sibling Groups: Siblings may pick up from an early age that their brother or sister is different, even if they don't understand what is actually wrong. They may also notice other people's reactions, especially their parents' and grandparents', to their sibling. Having a brother or sister with autism may make them feel many different ways including being angry, sad, jealous, frustrated and confused. This may be because they feel that their brother or sister does not seem to get told off when they are being naughty and receives more attention from their parents than they get.

These sibling groups help them to understand that their brother or sister is not doing these things on purpose to try and hurt them and that their parents may act differently towards them because their brother or sister may need more help with the things that they can do without any help. For example, they may not be able to get up, get dressed and get ready for school in the morning without a lot of help and persuasion from mum or dad and this does not mean that their parents love them any less or that they are not as important to them. Understanding their brother or sisters condition can reduce the negative feelings experienced by siblings and help them to feel secure in the family unit. It also helps to build a closer relationship with their brother or sister. These groups also allow them to meet and talk to other children their own age who understand how they feel.

Manchester Phoenix Community Sports Foundation:

The Manchester Phoenix Community Sports Foundation (MPCSF) was created to bring sport to the whole community especially those affected by physical, emotional or economical difficulties. This season the Manchester Phoenix Community Sports Foundation aims to inspire 10,000 disadvantaged members of the community into creating their own better future by providing opportunities for role models to emerge. They wish to promote inclusion for disadvantaged members of the community through our outreach programme. MPCSF proudly partners other local charities and carers by hosting them and their families at live sports games.

Manchester Phoenix Community Sports Foundation

The Manchester Phoenix Community Sports Foundation's Sledge Hockey Team

As a charity we help to fund the Manchester Phoenix Sledge Hockey Team who play in the Planet Ice British Sledge Hockey League. We aim to provide equipment and kit to new and returning players to help with the high costs associated with the sport. Sledge Hockey is the only true fully inclusive sport which allows able and disable bodied players to compete on a level playing field.

Manchester Phoenix 2014 Sledge Hockey team.

The Manchester Phoenix Community Sports Foundation's Women’s Team

The Manchester Phoenix Community Sports Foundation believes that sport can help women to overcome social barriers and stereotypes in the community. Our organisation helps to provide equipment and kit to The Manchester Phoenix Women’s team who play in the English Premier Women's League. The team welcomes women of all playing experiences to get involved with club, who also run social events alongside their competitions and training on the Ice.

Manchester Phoenix Women's 2014 team

Pledge your support and get your hands on the first steamy Manchester Phoenix nude calendar - a great reward for supporting a great cause!

Hearts And Minds Challenge 

Registered Charity Number: 1143636

http://www.heartsandmindschallenge.org/

Manchester Phoenix Community Sports Foundation

Registered Charity Number: 1136744

http://www.mpcsfoundation.org/