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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 7 Oct / 15

    Think Ahead involved in 50 university events this autumn

    The Think Ahead recruitment team is gearing up for a full season of university visits over the autumn term. We’ll be visiting 28 different institutions and attending over 50 events in the next eight weeks, offering students and graduates the opportunity to learn more about our programme. We are holding a number of different events around the country, ranging […]

  • 1 Sep / 15

    Applications for Think Ahead now open!

    As reported by the Independent on Sunday this weekend, applications to join our first cohort in 2016 have now opened. Today, Think Ahead is asking you to consider if you’re remarkable enough to take a fast-track route into one of the country’s most rewarding and challenging professions. Over the coming months we’ll be recruiting exceptional […]

  • 30 Aug / 15

    Think Ahead announces regional locations for participants

    We have today announced the regions in which our first cohort will train and work. Participants will join Local Authorities and NHS Trusts across England, with most joining host organisations in the Midlands, South East, and London, and further places set to be available in Yorkshire and the North East. As part of our selection […]

  • 30 Aug / 15

    University of York announced as Think Ahead’s academic partner

    The University of York will co-design and deliver the academic elements of Think Ahead’s programme, it was announced today. Working collaboratively with experts in mental health and social work, and with input from experts at the University of Central Lancashire, the leading Russell Group university will team up with Think Ahead to develop an innovative […]

  • 20 Aug / 15

    Devonshire Hall to host Think Ahead’s first Summer Institute

    We can today reveal that Devonshire Hall, in Leeds, will host Think Ahead’s inaugural Summer Institute. The venue will welcome between 80 and 100 Think Ahead participants for six weeks in summer 2016 as they begin their exciting journey towards social work qualification. Devonshire Hall provides a state-of-the-art learning environment. This means the venue is […]

  • 11 Aug / 15

    Think Ahead website goes live

    Today (11 August) we’ve published Think Ahead’s full website, offering much more information on our programme ahead of our first recruitment season. If you’re thinking about applying to the Think Ahead programme, the About the programme pages include in-depth information on mental health social work, the programme structure, and how to apply. About us provides some background […]

  • 19 Mar / 15

    Think Ahead launched by Care and Support Minister

    The Think Ahead programme was officially launched this week by Norman Lamb, the Minister for Care and Support. Speaking at our launch event on 16 March, to over 150 guests including leading figures in health and social care, he announced a government grant of £1.6m to fund Think Ahead. The launch was covered by the […]

  • 3 Mar / 15

    Applications open for hosting Think Ahead participants

    Think Ahead has issued an invitation to Local Authorities and NHS Mental Health Trusts to become host organisations for its participants. In a joint letter to councils and trusts, Think Ahead’s Chair, Prof Dame Carol Black, and Chief Executive, Ella Joseph, say: “We want to partner with people who share our passion for transforming the […]