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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 12 Dec / 18
    News

    FILM: “It’s everything I want to do in my future career” – Participants share their learnings from the Think Ahead Summer Institute

    Each year our new intake of around 100 aspiring mental health social workers start their journey at a six-week residential – the Think Ahead Summer Institute. It’s a great opportunity for them to get to know each other and learn the basics of mental health social work in an exciting and supportive environment, before taking […]

  • 26 Nov / 18
    News

    Minister meets Think Ahead participants

    The Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage MP, today visited Think Ahead participants working as mental health social workers. The Minister was able to hear first-hand about the impact of social work in mental health services, and the difference our participants are making in their work with people with severe and enduring mental health […]

  • 10 Oct / 18
    Features

    “Benji has encouraged me to focus on my future and my goals. He’s re-ignited the fire I had” – Benji and Roderick’s story

    This World Mental Health Day, we want to highlight the vital role that social workers play in supporting people with mental health problems. Social issues such as problems with relationships, living arrangements and employment have profound effects on mental wellbeing, and social workers are uniquely able to help people to address the social factors in […]

  • 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 […]

  • 13 Sep / 18
    News

    “It’s one of the most important and rewarding professions you can do” – Chair of Social Work England congratulates Think Ahead’s first cohort on their achievements

    Think Ahead officially launched its alumni network at an event on Monday night, ahead of the first cohort of participants completing the programme at the end of the month. After two years of rigorous academic training and on-the-job learning, Think Ahead’s first cohort had the opportunity to celebrate their achievements so far and look to […]

  • 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 […]

  • 21 May / 18
    News

    “It’s such a privilege when people open up to you” – participants share their experiences with new Think Ahead recruits

    The launch event for Think Ahead’s third intake took place on Saturday (19 May). New recruits, who will begin the programme in July this year, came together for the first time to learn more about the role of a mental health social worker, and to start preparing for the programme. The day featured a number […]

  • 20 Mar / 18
    In the media

    “Social issues can have a massive impact on a person’s mental health and recovery” – Think Ahead mental health social workers speak to Community Care

    A Think Ahead participant and a Consultant Social Worker have told Community Care, a leading social work news website, why social approaches are so important in mental health care. As a Consultant Social Worker at the London Borough of Bexley, Nicola Shawyer manages a unit of four participants on their first year of the programme. […]