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Kieran Murphy | 16th September 2022

You may well be shocked to realise that Phase has been working with children and young people for 20 years! A truly amazing and fantastic feat, yet it doesn't stop there, we want to do even more to help young lives thrive, and that's where you come in!Over this year we are aiming to raise £20,000 which will enable Phase to expand our team, reach mo

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A guide to your 'tweenager's' brain

Guest Contributor | 19th August 2022

The tweenage years are those between the ages of 9 until about 13. I'll be honest I had never heard the term 'Tweenager' before I attended an inspirational talk on the subject a few years ago, I thought they were big blue CBeebies characters like the Tweenies! But the term does neatly sum up that strange time when your child is between childhood bu

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Work with us

Kieran Murphy | 9th August 2022

We are currently recruiting to expand pur team, see below for more information, how to apply and key dates.Schools WorkerWe are looking for a Schools Worker to help us extend our programmes and support to young lives with a key focus on primary schools. Could this be the right next step for you or someone you know? Could you help us get this new pi

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Building Our Resilience

Hannah Dengate | 8th July 2022

I recently went to hear Patrick Regan (Founder and CEO of Kintsugi Hope) speak on his Tour of the Bouncing Forwards Book. At Phase, we are passionate about building resilience in young people, so I always love to listen to other people who are passionate about the topic and can be inspiring.As part of the evening, they shared a video clip of the re

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National Volunteers Week

Amanda Maylin | 14th June 2022

Each year there is a National Volunteers week from 1st -7th June. If you volunteer with us and you missed one of our thank you posts on social media last week – please take this as an additional thank you for all your amazing support!Shirley & Jean, two of our amazing volunteers at Whitwell Steam FairPhase really could not work so effectively w

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Managing Exam Stress

Hannah Dengate | 20th May 2022

We have now entered exam season which can be a time full of different emotions, so here are 10 top tips to help you navigate this time...1) Self-Care is Important – During exam time, it can feel like there is a lot to do but looking after yourself is essential. Making sure that you keep a good sleep routine, eating a healthy diet, getting fresh air

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Are you feeling lonely?

Elizabeth Feltoe | 10th May 2022

It's mental health awareness week this week (9-15 May). This is a week that the charity The Mental Health Foundation uses to raise awareness of a different mental health experience each year. This year the focus is on loneliness.Along with many other emotional and mental health struggles, it's a subject that people might find difficult to talk abou

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Easter Workshops

Emily Croucher | 8th May 2022

At the beginning of April, after being at Phase nearly 3 years, I finally was able to deliver the Easter workshops for the very first time. Lockdown and covid restrictions have interfered with many things over the past few years, but it felt strange to remember how much of my time at Phase has been affected by it. The previous 2 years, Easter has f

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The rhythms of life...

Elizabeth Feltoe | 5th May 2022

If you’re a regular reader of the Phase blog you will know that at the start of each school term the team takes a two day retreat. This is a break from the regular weekly routine for some reflection, recharging and planning. We spend time thinking, praying, chatting, planning, eating, playing and resting. It’s one of the highlights of the term for

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What Brings You Joy...?

Hannah Dengate | 22nd April 2022

I wonder what refills you. What brings you Joy?A phrase that often resonates with me is: ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup.’ Recently, I have been speaking to a few people and have found there is a real sense of tiredness or exhaustion. As we emerge from the pandemic, many of us will feel tired from all that the past couple of years have held, as

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Recycling for Phase - all change here!!

Amanda Maylin | 23rd March 2022

I feel that as a community we are massively indebted to Deolinda (pictured above) and Michael Eltringham. Deolinda was involved in developing the CTH idea of gifting Hitchin town with the services of a faith schools worker, which led to the creation of Phase in 2002. So, when Michael and Deolinda got their local parish involved in raising funds for

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Coping with Change

Emily Croucher | 11th March 2022

If there's one thing that we've all had to deal with over the past couple of years, it's change. We've all had to cope with some pretty big changes to the way that we work, the way that we socialise, and the way that we live out life. We've also had to deal with constant small changes, and the uncertainty that things might change again at any momen

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Looking forward not looking back

Hannah Dengate | 4th March 2022

As we reach the two-year anniversary mark since we went into lockdown and we start to emerge into a place where restrictions have been lifted, we can feel a mixture of different emotions from relief and happiness to anxiety and apprehension. Perhaps one other emotion that is present is disappointment. The disappointment of things that we had hoped

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The struggle is real

Kieran Murphy | 18th February 2022

A recent BBC News article reported a huge rise in severe mental health difficulties in children and young people in the past year, sadly this is a statistic that is very true and close to home.Over the past year we have seen an increase in the number of children and young people needing support through mentoring. Thankfully for many this has provid

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Learning to be vulnerable

Elizabeth Feltoe | 11th February 2022

In this guest blog friend of Phase, Rebekah Bacon, talks to us about vulnerability - what it is, when we notice it and how we can benefit from being more vulnerable with people.A little while ago, I sat down with Kieran (the director of Phase) to talk about vulnerability. When working with young people to build resilience and promote wellbeing, it’

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