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Think Ahead

Updated: February, 2019

About Think Ahead

At Think Ahead, we want to see a society where everyone with mental health problems can flourish. That won’t happen unless people can improve their social circumstances. To drive positive change, we created the Think Ahead programme: a new route into mental health social work for talented graduates and career-changers. It has become one of the country’s most competitive graduate schemes, with high-profile support across the political spectrum, extensive media coverage, and over 20 applications for each place on the programme.


As a charity we aim to:

  • Attract outstanding individuals into mental health social work, by recruiting exceptional people to our programme and raising the status of social work as a career choice
  • Promote excellence in training for mental health social work, by pioneering a new curriculum and with a focus on on-the-job training
  • Create a community of advocates in mental health services and across society, through our participants, alumni, Consultant Social Workers, and partner organisations

We expect all our staff to role-model these attributes:

  • Leadership: the ability to act as a professional role model, demonstrate initiative, and engage others and enable them to achieve their goals
  • Motivation: personal commitment to transforming the lives of people with mental illness, with an understanding of the positive impact of social work and the Think Ahead mission
  • Adaptability: resilience and flexibility in changing circumstances, with the ability to work under pressure and deal with uncertain or unexpected outcomes
  • Relationship-building: empathy and respect for all individuals, with the ability to build relationships and understand people’s motives and perspectives
  • Communication: the ability to collaborate with and influence a wide range of people, in person and through written communication
  • Problem-solving: the ability to objectively analyse situations, using evidence and clear judgement to generate effective solutions
  • Self-awareness: the ability to understand, and reflect critically on, both your own personal development and how your actions affect others

Work sectors

public sector, social care


Birmingham, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Northampton, Salisbury, Taunton

Contact details

020 3146 7181
344-354 Grays Inn Road
  • Times Top 100 Graduate Employer
  • Institute of Student Employers

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