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  • 18 Jul / 16

    Think Ahead Summer Institute begins

    Today marks the beginning of our first ever Summer Institute – a major milestone for Think Ahead. The 96 talented graduates and career-changers that make up our first cohort are now together in Leeds, ready to begin six weeks of intensive learning in mental health social work. The teaching is being delivered in partnership with […]

  • 24 Jun / 16
    In the media

    “I feel I am being listened to and helping to make a real impact within mental health”

    Ziaul, a member of our Service User and Carer Reference Group, has written a blog post about his involvement in shaping the Think Ahead programme. Here’s the piece in full, which first appeared on the Social Care Institute for Excellence’s co-production blog.   For about a year I’ve been involved with Think Ahead, the charity running a […]

  • 19 May / 16
    In the media

    Chief Social Worker highlights Think Ahead’s impact

    Chief Social Worker for Adults, Lyn Romeo, has written about the important role of social work in mental health services, and how Think Ahead can benefit the profession. Think Ahead generated huge interest and media coverage during its first call for applications, and its promotional film encouraged people to consider careers in mental health social work. Lyn […]

  • 16 May / 16

    Think Ahead’s host organisations announced

    We can today announce the innovative community mental health services that will partner with us to pioneer our new approach to improving support for people with mental illness. The organisations are spread across England, with six in London, four in the South East, four in the Midlands, one in Yorkshire, and one in the North […]

  • 27 Apr / 16
    In the media

    “Think Ahead is an opportunity to influence the future of mental health social work”

    Martin Webber, Professor of Social Work at the University of York and academic lead for the Think Ahead programme, has written a piece for Community Care about why he’s excited to be part of Think Ahead. Here’s the article in full, which first appeared on Community Care.   Last year I led a team from […]

  • 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 […]