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  • 25 Sep / 18
    News

    Applications to join the Think Ahead programme in 2019 now open

    Update: Applications to join the Think Ahead programme in 2019 are now closed. Applications to join Think Ahead in 2020 will open in autumn 2019. We are delighted to announce that applications to join Think Ahead in 2019 are now open. We’re looking for talented graduates and career-changers who would like to enter a profession […]

  • 19 Sep / 18
    News

    Think Ahead climbs 20 places in Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list

    We are pleased to announce that Think Ahead has been placed at number 42 in this year’s Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list, up from number 62 in 2017. We are also the only dedicated mental health employer among the top 100 for the second year running. The list is based on interviews with over […]

  • 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 […]

  • 4 Sep / 18
    In the media

    “Social work is the missing piece of the mental health puzzle” – Co-Chief Executive interviewed by Professional Social Work magazine

    Think Ahead’s Co-Chief Executive Natalie Acton has been interviewed by Professional Social Work, a magazine published by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). Natalie highlighted the importance of achieving greater recognition of the value social work can bring to mental health. She said that while attempts to tackle the UK’s mental health challenge have primarily […]

  • 20 Jul / 18
    News

    “Lift your head up and see how you can make wider changes” – New participants embark on their journey

    This week marked the beginning of an exciting time for Think Ahead and the 103 participants in our third intake as they embarked on their two-year journey to become mental health social workers. Participants are today completing the first week of the Summer Institute, a six-week residential learning experience which gives them a grounding in […]

  • 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 Jun / 18
    News

    Think Ahead announces Middlesex University as new academic partner

    Following our recent call for applications from academic institutions, we are pleased to announce that we are working with Middlesex University on a plan for them to deliver the academic elements of the Think Ahead programme for our intakes in 2019 and 2020. We received very strong proposals from a range of institutions, demonstrating the […]

  • 13 Jun / 18
    News

    New opportunities to work with Think Ahead as a Recruitment Ambassador or Intern

    We are delighted to announce two exciting new opportunities to work with us to help us raise awareness of the Think Ahead programme, and of mental health social work. These paid roles are ideal for students or other highly-motivated individuals with a passion for mental health, who are looking to build their CV, gain experience and […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 10 Apr / 18
    News

    New places available to join the Think Ahead programme in 2018

    Update: Applications for these new places have now closed. Applications to join Think Ahead in 2019 will open in autumn 2018. We are delighted to announce that, due to an increase in the number of places available at some of our NHS and Local Authority partners, we are today opening applications for new places on […]

  • 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. […]