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Think Ahead

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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.

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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
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Work sectors

public sector, social care

Location

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

Contact details

Email
hello@thinkahead.org
Telephone
020 3146 7181
Address
344-354 Grays Inn Road
London
WC1X 8BP
  • Times Top 100 Graduate Employer
  • Institute of Student Employers

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