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  • 12 Apr / 19
    In the media

    “You learn a lot about yourself and your own strengths” – Think Ahead participant tells Radio Essex about her journey

    Think Ahead participant Georgie has spoken about her experience on the programme, and the career options open to mental health social workers, on Radio Essex. In the interview Georgie explained how she initially came to train as a mental health social worker. “I definitely knew that I wanted to work in mental health, but I […]

  • 11 Apr / 19
    News

    “It has strengthened social work’s role in community mental health team transformation” – Impact Update 2019 published

    Our first cohort of participants, who joined Think Ahead in 2016, completed the programme in September 2018. [Partnering with Think Ahead has] made the Board more aware of social work, heightened the profile of social work, and strengthened social work’s role in community mental health team transformation. Service manager from 2018 partner organisation Six months […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 5 Dec / 18
    News

    Think Ahead announces new chair for its Service User and Carer Reference Group

    We are delighted to announce the appointment of Oliver Wood as the new independent chair of our Service User and Carer Reference Group. Our Service User and Carer Reference Group is a key part of the Think Ahead programme – it was established in 2014, and its aim is to ensure that the needs of […]

  • 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 Richard’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 […]