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Happy New Year Hitchin

Elizabeth Feltoe | 9th January 2021

Where do we start then, friends?! There’s so much to say but we’ll keep this brief.Phase knows that the start of 2021 has been difficult and upsetting, to put it mildly. You may be experiencing anxiety, stress and worry for many people in Hitchin (and of course further afield wherever you are). Schools are closed to most pupils, exams have been can

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Covid Christmas

Kieran Murphy | 20th December 2020

I had planned a very different blog post, however following Saturday's announcement of Hertfordshire and much of the east and south east of England moving into a new fourth tier and the huge implications this has on the Christmas many of us planned, I thought I would share some thoughts on how we can make the best of the situation we find ourselves

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Christmas giving

Kieran Murphy | 1st December 2020

As we begin December, we have had Black Friday, Cyber Monday, but now we get to the most exciting day - Giving Tuesday! As we approach Christmas and you and I prepare to give presents, I wanted to encourage you to think about other ways you could give this year that would mean we could make a difference to children and young people in Hitchin and b

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Quarantine Musings...

Guest Contributor | 27th November 2020

This week the Phase Vice-Chair John Maguire tells us about how he has been coping with lockdown, quarantine and all things WFH... My eldest son John lives in Malta and fourth time lucky we were able to visit him at the beginning of November and then had to quarantine for fourteen days on our return.  Now the reflections below on this period include

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Mentoring

Hannah Dengate | 20th November 2020

Why and How Mentoring works...At Phase we are passionate about equipping children and young people so that they don't just survive but thrive as they journey through life. We love to help children and young people build good wellbeing and resilience. At Phase we have the opportunity to do this in a number of ways, but one particular way in which we

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TV review - The Social Dilemma

Elizabeth Feltoe | 16th November 2020

I watched this Netflix documentary last week.I’ve changed the way I consume social media as a result.It’s a docu-drama (half documentary and half fictionalised scenes of a ‘normal’ family interacting with each other and their phones) that discusses how social media companies monetise our attention, what we read and consume, and how this changes the

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Our Amazing Fundraisers!

Amanda Maylin | 9th November 2020

Three of our wonderful fundraisers tell us a little bit about themselves and why they decided to do some fund raising for Phase…Ellie Scott - going the distance…Can you tell me a little about yourself?I am currently a secondary school music teacher, working in Hitchin. I spent more than 10 years as a youngster singing as a chorister in my church ch

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A little anxious?

Emily Croucher | 23rd October 2020

Last week, we visited a local primary school and delivered a workshop all about anxiety, and specifically how to manage it. One of the key things about anxiety is that it affects us physiologically AND psychologically. It affects our body and it affects our thoughts. And so we have to manage it in both those ways.When we feel anxious, we experience

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The Value of Reflecting...

Hannah Dengate | 16th October 2020

At Phase we are passionate about helping children and young people build good wellbeing and resilience, in order to help them to thrive and be all that they were created to be. We aim do this through a number of different means, whether that is through our early interventions work and the primary programmes, or our work in secondary schools. For ou

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World Mental Health Day

Elizabeth Feltoe | 9th October 2020

Tomorrow (10th October) it’s World Mental Health Day.This is the day that the World Health Organisation uses to highlight mental health issues, and this year’s theme is ‘mental health for all’.Now, perhaps more than ever, we are talking more about how we feel inside our heads. We are all aware that for some people the consequence of lockdown was in

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Food support in Covid-19

Emily Croucher | 29th September 2020

Do you know what food provision projects are running in Hitchin & Letchworth? I didn’t – but after a Forum prayer meeting where we were looking at Food Poverty earlier this month, I decided to do some investigating…Numerous people have been impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic, with resultant job uncertainty or redundancies, which has meant that m

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International Youth Day!

Hannah Dengate | 12th August 2020

At Phase we love young people, we are passionate about seeing them thrive and reaching their full potential to be all that they were created to be. I am always so thankful to the people who believed in me when I was a young person and gave me opportunities to learn and grow. At Phase we love to journey alongside young people in a number of differen

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The Value of Connecting

Hannah Dengate | 30th July 2020

As human beings we need connection with others. We value being close to others and knowing that we are valued.  Social connection is one of the 5 ways to wellbeing and is important for our physical, emotional, social and mental wellbeing. Evidence has shown that having other people in our lives matters to the quality of psychological wellbeing no m

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It’s the end of the…… term?

Kieran Murphy | 28th July 2020

To say that this has been the strangest academic year would be an understatement. As we come in to another six-weeks at home, it is a summer break that is not filled with the joy, anticipation, relieve and excitement that every other year has. It has been a challenge; however, children, young people, parents and schools has risen to the challenge.A

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The joy of giving.

Emily Croucher | 24th July 2020

I often wish I had mastered the art of gift buying. You know those people who somehow always know EXACTLY what to buy. Who have the amazing ability to hold on to a detail, mentioned briefly in a conversation 6 months ago, a find a perfect gift for everyone, every time.Giving is one of the 5 ways to wellbeing, and has been shown to have incredible p

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