How we’re responding to the coronavirus
This web page was first published on 18 March 2020 and was last updated on 5 November 2020. We will continue to update the page whenever we have new information.
We are monitoring the coronavirus situation, and the second national lockdown, closely, and are ensuring that our policies and plans are in line with the best available evidence and the government’s advice.
Our primary concern is everyone’s health and wellbeing. We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty at the moment, and that this can be unsettling. We will provide as much information about our plans as we can, as soon as we can. Below is our latest advice for people who are, or would like to be, involved in our programme. (If you have more general concerns about your mental health or wellbeing, we recommend looking at the Mental Health Foundation’s advice page.)
Advice for people who want to join the Think Ahead programme
Applications to join the Think Ahead programme in 2021 are open. If you’re interested in applying, you can read our news story to understand more about the programme and how to apply.
Our application process – including our assessment centres – all takes place online, so your ability to apply to the programme will not be affected by the second national lockdown.
Advice for people who are already taking part in the programme
For participants already on the Think Ahead programme, please rest assured that we are working closely with our academic partner, Middlesex University, and with our host organisations to support you through this period.
Please see the placement guidance on the Programme Portal, follow guidance from your organisation and speak to your Consultant Social Worker or Practice Specialists if you have any questions on concerns. Also look out for messages from us on SLACK – including on what sources of support are available to you.
If you’re a member of our 2018 Cohort, please look out for the alumni newsletter we’ll be sending you soon.
Advice for host organisations
If you are an Operational Lead at one of our host organisations, please see our guidance on supporting Think Ahead participants through the pandemic – and contact your Practice Specialist if you have any questions.
If you’re a Consultant Social Worker managing some of our participants, please refer to your organisation’s guidance on how to respond to the coronavirus, and to our guidance on supporting participants. If you have any further questions or concerns, please get in touch with your Practice Specialist.
Advice for members of Think Ahead’s Service User and Carer Reference Group
Working collaboratively with people with lived experience of mental health problems remains very important to us – and we are very grateful to members of our Service User and Carer Reference group for continuing to give valuable input remotely.
Advice for anyone else
Our Head Office staff are working from home, and you can get in touch with us in the normal ways. Please see the contact us page of our website.