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National Youth Ministry Weekend

Emily Croucher | 19th November 2021

Last weekend I went to the National Youth Ministy Conference, which is an event Youthscape run for those who work with young people. It was a great opportunity to gather as people who love Jesus and love young people, to be challenged and inspired. The theme of the week was first love, and was a constant reminder that everything we do has to come f

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Youth Chaplain for the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire

Kieran Murphy | 3rd November 2021

This year I have been given the honour of being the Youth Chaplain to the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, not only is the first time this has happened in Herts, but it is the first time in the history of the Shrievalty, which is over 1000 years old. You can read a recent article in Hitchin Nub News about it.With being the first person to take on thi

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Ready, steady... plan for secondary school

Elizabeth Feltoe | 8th October 2021

I’ve been on the road with the Phase team in recent weeks supporting Emily to deliver the first round of our Year 6 programme On Your Marks. If you’re a regular reader of our newsletter or this blog, it might be a familiar name. It’s the workshops we take into Year 6 classes to help them start to think about moving to secondary school. For most of

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Step back to move forward

Elizabeth Feltoe | 17th September 2021

Earlier this week the Phase team went on retreat. We took two days out to spend time learning together, reflecting and thinking, and hanging out together as a group of friends and colleagues. It’s different from your standard team away day in that we didn’t once talk about KPIs, our vision for work, improvements we could make to our services, or wh

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Flip Connect supporting Phase

Kieran Murphy | 30th July 2021

The Flip Connect teamFlip Connect employees were invited to nominate a charity close to their hearts and chose PhaseMany of Flip employees are parents and know all too well the pressures that young people are under in society today. Ben from Flip Connect said 'We all think that Phase does a phenomenal job with the young people of Hitchin. They are

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Let's Talk Anxiety Support Group Reflections...

Hannah Dengate | 2nd July 2021

Over the past term we have had the privilege of running 5 'Let’s Talk Anxiety Support Groups' across the Hitchin Secondary Schools. We are seeing more and more young people struggle with anxiety, especially as we start to emerge from lockdown and are processing all that has happened over the past 18 months. A recent survey by the Mental Health Foun

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Porn-pandemic

Kieran Murphy | 18th June 2021

In a recent Ofsted survey it was highlighted that teenage girls were asked for nudes by up to 11 boys a night. The impact of pornography on young people is a silent pandemic that has been spreading for years.The rise of social media channels where images can be shared for a limited time, the increased amount of free to access pornography straight f

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One Step at a Time...

Amanda Maylin | 8th June 2021

This month (June 2021) Phase are challenging everyone to join us in carrying our virtual Olympic torch from Hitchin (where we work) to Tokyo! It's all part of getting ready for our Hitchin Home Olympics taking place 2nd-16th July... We are asking people to log any steps / distance they walk, run, cycle or swim as we slowly go on this journey togeth

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Time Trek Adventure

Kieran Murphy | 30th May 2021

Time Trekkers!Here is all the information and links you will need to enjoy your virtual Time Trek adventure.The first thing you will need to help you make the most of your Time Trek adventure is the Mission Brief If you plan to print the Mission brief, here is a version that is ink friendly!Printer friendly version Hello from the ProfessorWhere am

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What is normal now...

Elizabeth Feltoe | 30th April 2021

Hello Phase friendsSending Spring good wishes to everyone. As I’m writing this it’s sunny and I’m in the warmest room in my house even though I know in real life it’s only 10 degrees outside!This week’s blog is a ponder on the unlocking. How are you all feeling about it? I sway between feeling supremely excited that we can see people again, feeling

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Let's Talk Anxiety Support Groups

Hannah Dengate | 23rd April 2021

At Phase we are passionate about helping young people live life in all of its fullness, to reach their full potential and thrive. However, due to the pandemic, we have seen a rise in mental health issues and a high level of anxiety. A survey carried out by Young Minds in January 2021 found that: 67% of young people believed that the pandemic will h

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Having time off… The importance of rest!

Amanda Maylin | 11th April 2021

This is one those subjects that is much easier to talk about than to do – well it is for me!I am a keen runner and triathlete – though I can’t do triathlons at the moment due to lockdown. However, in the past I have run Edinburgh Marathon and done a half Ironman. For both of these I needed:complex training plansa diet regime to follow (enough carbs

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Avoiding burnout

Kieran Murphy | 2nd April 2021

Over stretched, beyond capacity, burnout – these may be terms that were not part of you vocabulary before COVID19 and the beginning of the pandemic, however they may well be part of your everyday speech or thought now.As we approach the year anniversary of the first lockdown many people are feeling completely different now as they were to those ear

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Why I love reading

Elizabeth Feltoe | 13th March 2021

It was World Book Day on the 3rd March and I have a secret to tell you. Probably one of the only good things about schools being closed is that I didn’t have to scratch around at 10pm on the 2nd March to make two dressing up outfits for my primary school aged children. I know, I’m such a party pooper.However, I love the idea of World Book Day – a f

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Looking ahead and moving forward...

Kieran Murphy | 5th March 2021

Our Director, Kieran, takes stock of what we have ahead of us as a nation (and town of Hitchin) and offers practical advice for this last stretch of lockdowns and restrictions...It was exciting news from PM Boris Johnson as he announced the roadmap for the way out of lockdown and hopefully the dawn of a new era of life alongside covid. Despite feel

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