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  • 22 Apr / 16

    BASW Chief Executive welcomes Think Ahead participants

    Last Saturday, 16 April, represented a landmark moment for Think Ahead, with our 2016 participants gathering together for the first time at our Cohort Launch Event. In addition to meeting their fellow participants and our experienced Consultant Social Workers, the cohort heard from Ruth Allen – a Think Ahead board member and the newly appointed […]

  • 14 Apr / 16

    Applications open for Internships and Recruitment Ambassador roles

    We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for our Summer Internships and Recruitment Ambassador roles. Visit our Opportunities section for more information and to apply. These new opportunities offer a chance to join the Think Ahead team and make a real difference to people with mental illness. They are also a great opportunity […]

  • 26 Mar / 16
    In the media

    BBC features Think Ahead’s future plans

    Think Ahead has been featured across the BBC today, with our Joint Chief Executive Natalie Acton appearing on BBC Breakfast television, BBC Radio 5 Live, and BBC West Midlands. BBC Breakfast also included interviews with Jack Buckler, who is set to join the Think Ahead programme this summer, and Lee Brookes, who has used his lived […]

  • 16 Mar / 16
    In the media

    Think Ahead featured in the Guardian

    To mark World Social Work Day 2016, the Guardian have published a supplement to their main paper titled ‘Social work at the frontline’ including a number of stories about the crucial role social workers play around the world. It includes a double-page spread on Think Ahead’s work to strengthen mental health social work. The piece includes […]

  • 15 Feb / 16
    In the media

    Think Ahead participant’s diary featured in the Guardian

    A Think Ahead participant, who is due to start the programme this summer, has shared a week-long diary with the Guardian detailing their volunteering with young carers. The piece, which is part of the Guardian’s series of “secret diaries” from people working in health, shares the author’s work as a mentor to young people who […]

  • 29 Jan / 16

    Partner sought to help evaluate Think Ahead’s impact

    We want the Think Ahead movement to have a transformational effect on mental health, improving the lives of individuals, families, and communities. So it’s crucial that we measure our impact, to understand whether we’re achieving our goals. Our impact will come in a variety of different ways. We aim to bring exceptional people into mental […]

  • 27 Jan / 16

    New opportunities for students and graduates announced! Gain experience with Think Ahead

    We can today reveal two exciting new opportunities for students and graduates to work with Think Ahead during 2016. Applications for these roles will open in the spring.  In the coming weeks we’ll be recruiting undergraduates to work during term-time as Recruitment Ambassadors – a unique opportunity for you to promote Think Ahead, and mental […]

  • 25 Jan / 16
    In the media

    The Times: Think Ahead is “one of the most competitive graduate training schemes”

    Think Ahead is featured in an article in today’s Times newspaper. The piece reveals that 2,338 students and graduates applied last autumn for the 80 to 100 places on Think Ahead’s first cohort, starting this July. At more than 23 applicants per place, that makes Think Ahead one of the most competitive graduate programmes in the country. […]

  • 18 Dec / 15

    ‘How one mental health social worker helped me through my psychosis’

    A member of Think Ahead’s Service User and Carer Reference Group speaks out about his experience of mental health problems. My name is Ziaul. I’m 32 years old, from the West Midlands, and have a range of interests including the gym, eating out, pool and snooker, travelling, hanging out with good close friends, and spending […]

  • 2 Dec / 15

    Think Ahead application deadline announced

    We can today announce the closing date for applications to join our 2016 cohort. The deadline to submit your application is 23:59 on Wednesday 16 December 2015. Think Ahead’s Recruitment Director Ivan Wise said: “We’ve been delighted by the number of applications we’ve received. I’d like to thank all of the students, graduates, and career-changers […]

  • 19 Nov / 15

    The intellectual rigour of mental health social work

    Frances Turner, a Cambridge graduate and qualified social worker who is supporting Think Ahead’s programme development, explains how top graduates can use their skills to support people living with mental health problems. After completing an undergraduate degree in French at the University of Cambridge in 2007, I found myself in an unusual position. While many peers […]

  • 10 Oct / 15

    World Mental Health Day: Stephen Fry encourages graduates to apply to Think Ahead

    In our first ever film, released today, Stephen Fry urges people who want “a job that’s both rewarding and challenging” to “do something remarkable” by applying to Think Ahead. We were thrilled when Stephen agreed to be involved, and earlier today he tweeted that he was happy to help. I was delighted to be a part […]