Employer profile

Think Ahead

Updated: May, 2018

About Think Ahead

Most people know someone who’s had mental health problems.

But not everyone knows someone who can make a difference.

Could you?

Think Ahead is a charity building a movement of leaders committed to transforming mental health through the power of social approaches.

A quarter of adults have a mental health problem. Those amongst us facing mental illness urgently need better support, and enabling everyone to flourish will transform individuals’ wellbeing, improve our society, and boost our economy.
We created the Think Ahead programme to bring exceptional people into mental health social work, pioneer better training, and create a community of advocates in mental health services and across society.

The Think Ahead programme

The Think Ahead programme is a new route into social work, for graduates and career-changers remarkable enough to make a real difference to people with mental health problems.

Understanding and supporting adults with mental illness is as rewarding as it is challenging. It takes individuals with a rare blend of resilience, empathy, and intelligence to create a positive impact.

On our two-year programme you’ll be paid to work in an expert team alongside clinical professionals, study for a master’s degree in social work, and develop your leadership skills.

You will finish the programme with advanced social work qualifications, deep knowledge of mental health, and unique experience gained in a varied and challenging role. After Think Ahead, you can become a leading frontline practitioner, move into service leadership, or use your leadership experience in an alternative career.

Opportunities for undergraduates

We also offer opportunities from time to time for dynamic and highly-motivated undergraduates. Our internships and Recruitment Ambassador roles offer you the chance to learn more about Think Ahead, gain valuable experience, and enhance your CV. All roles pay the living wage.

Work sectors

public sector, social care, healthcare


London, North East England, South East England, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber

Contact details

0207 470 6162
14 Buckingham Street
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