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  • 24 Jan / 20
    News

    “We’ve been given the best start into the best career” – 2017 participants celebrate successful completion of the Think Ahead programme

    Our 2017 Cohort celebrated completing the Think Ahead programme and joining our alumni network at an event in York yesterday. The participants joined the Think Ahead programme in the summer of 2017 and have since spent two years training and working as mental health social workers, while achieving a postgraduate diploma, and subsequently a master’s […]

  • 5 Dec / 19
    News

    Think Ahead alum wins Mental Health Social Worker of the Year award

    One of Think Ahead’s alumni, Thea Radburn, has been honoured as “Mental Health Social Worker of the Year” at the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2019. Thea (pictured above, right, alongside Ingrid Richardson who won the Silver award in the same category) was a member of Think Ahead’s first cohort and completed the programme […]

  • 26 Nov / 19
    Features

    “It’s reminded her that she is valuable and able to give back to society” – The impact of Zoe’s work with Rafsa

    Zoe (pictured above) is a Think Ahead participant who has been training and working with the London Borough of Wandsworth since 2018. For around a year, she was working with Rafsa*, who has lived experience of mental health problems. Here we’re sharing Rafsa’s story and the impact that working with Zoe has had on her […]

  • 24 Apr / 19
    In the media

    “He’s optimistic about his future and so am I. It’s moments like this that make it all worthwhile.” – Participant shares a week in his life with the Guardian

    Think Ahead participant Benji has shared the details of a week in his job, for the Guardian’s “My working week” series. In the article Benji, who is a qualified social worker currently in his second year on the Think Ahead programme, talks about how he supports adults with mental health problems to work towards recovery. […]

  • 9 Apr / 19
    In the media

    “It’s very varied, no two days are the same. You’ve got to be prepared for that challenge.” – Think Ahead participant shares her experience with BBC Radio Somerset

    Think Ahead participant Anna-Clare (pictured above) has been interviewed by BBC Radio Somerset about what made her choose to work in mental health, and what her role as a mental health social worker is like. Anna-Clare joined the Think Ahead programme in 2017, and is now a newly qualified social worker working in Somerset. Before […]

  • 13 Feb / 19
    Features

    “There’s nothing like seeing the participants change lives under your guidance”

    A Think Ahead Consultant Social Worker (an experienced social worker supervising four of our participants) has shared a week’s diary with Community Care, the leading social care news website. The Consultant Social Worker – who chose to remain anonymous in order to protect the identity of service users – describes her working week supervising four […]

  • 7 Feb / 19
    Features

    “Sometimes you have to do a bit of paperwork to give someone freedom” – Think Ahead participant writes for Community Care

    A Think Ahead participant has written a piece for Community Care, the leading social care news website, explaining why his attitude to paperwork changed drastically after seeing the difference it can make to a person’s life. The participant – who chose not to be identified to protect service users’ anonymity – is in his first […]

  • 9 Oct / 18
    In the media

    “I wanted to change career to a role working with vulnerable people” – Think Ahead featured in the Evening Standard

    Think Ahead participant Levi (pictured above) has been interviewed in the Evening Standard newspaper about why she chose to train to be a mental health social worker. 24-year-old Levi joined the Think Ahead programme in 2016, and is now one of our alumni. Before joining the programme she worked in recruitment for a pharmaceutical company. […]

  • 3 Oct / 18
    In the media

    “I’m not sure if I would have ended up doing social work if it wasn’t for Think Ahead” – participants speak to Community Care

    Think Ahead participants Sonya and Alex, and our Co-Chief Executive Natalie, have spoken to Community Care, a leading social work news website, about the Think Ahead programme. Community Care carried out the interviews to mark our first cohort completing the two-year programme. Sonya Chee (pictured above), who works in an Early Intervention in Psychosis team […]

  • 28 Sep / 18
    In the media

    “It’s a real privilege to be allowed into people’s lives […] It lets us work in a holistic way and actually make a difference.” – participants interviewed in the Guardian

    Think Ahead participants Maisie, Levi and Alec have spoken to the Guardian about their experiences working as mental health social workers. All three were members of our first cohort – who completed the two-year Think Ahead programme at the end of September. Maisie Satchwell-Hirst (pictured above) is a 23-year-old Cambridge graduate, who works with service […]

  • 9 Jul / 18
    In the media

    “Mental health is at the crux of people’s quality of life and how happy they can be” – Think Ahead participant speaks to The Guardian

    Think Ahead participant Alex has spoken to The Guardian newspaper about how he came to train as a social worker with Think Ahead and how he’s finding the role. Originally Alex thought that after his degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford he would end up working in policy. “I […]

  • 6 Jun / 18
    Features

    “Think Ahead participants bring innovative research to our meetings and have so much energy and enthusiasm – it’s inspiring!”

    Kirsty Shires is a Consultant Social Worker on the Think Ahead programme. In her role, she supervises a unit of four Think Ahead participants who are placed within a community mental health team. She and the unit members manage a shared caseload together. Here, Kirsty explains how being a Consultant Social Worker has reignited her […]