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Finding your strengths

Elizabeth Feltoe | 29th June 2020

In the first of a mini-series from guest contributor Sarah Crittenden, we will explore what strengths are, ways to work out yours , and how to make the most of them, applying them in your daily life.Sarah is a strengths coach and knows her mustard! She helps people and teams work out what they are good at. It sounds simple but often it's helpful to

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In case of a global pandemic, break glass

Elizabeth Feltoe | 12th June 2020

Sam Hankin, Head of Computing at The Priory School in Hitchin, tells Phase how the school has adapted to home learning for studentsTwo weeks before Boris Johnson announced UK schools were to close indefinitely The Priory School had already begun to prepare for the worst-case scenario, along with pretty much every school across the country. We had p

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Switching off in lockdown

Elizabeth Feltoe | 17th May 2020

It's amazing to think how much life has changed in the last seven weeks. Regardless of whether you're at school, work, volunteering, furloughed, at home with young children, some of all of the above, where we spend our time is changed for everyone.I've been finding the lines between different areas of life have blurred. You might have found the sam

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Adapting, surviving and then... thriving!!

Elizabeth Feltoe | 15th May 2020

Unprecedented times, the new normal, lockdown, social distancing, self-isolation  – change is on every horizon and in every aspect of life as we knew it. So what are Phase up to and what are we doing as we all tread carefully into the future? As Director I wanted to share a few key things that we are focusing on and some of the things that we are e

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Staying active in lockdown

Elizabeth Feltoe | 10th April 2020

Wow, so how are you coping with lockdown? It's hard isn't it? I have settled into a new routine of sorts, but I'm still finding it a bit unsettling.Phase has been giving you some tips in the last few weeks about how to keep on top of your feelings and make this period of life as positive as possible.One of the things I've been missing is movement a

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Time Trek holiday club

Elizabeth Feltoe | 6th March 2020

Guest blog by Carys Faulkner, young leader at Time TrekTime Trek holiday clubs are early anticipated in Hitchin!! They are run by local churches in the school holidays and Phase gets involved providing leaders, resources and ideas. In the recent Feburary half term a half day holiday club was on a rainy Tuesday afternoon at Christchurch. The focus t

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The tricky art of elephant eating

Elizabeth Feltoe | 1st February 2020

Did you notice this new year that lots of people were talking about their ‘goals’ rather than their ‘new year’s resolutions’? It might just be the circle of friends I have or the people that I see on Instagram, but it felt like a shift to me. I think it’s good – a new year’s resolution is something that could sound like (not always) “I will stop do

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"The news and the truth are not the same thing..."

Elizabeth Feltoe | 24th January 2020

Said a wise man once, Walter Lippmann in fact, the American journalist credited with coining the term 'Cold War' and writing extensively on media and democracy. I try to follow world news but I’m rather selective on what I read and what I ignore. When newspapers and the nightly TV news were the source of our world information, we were presented wit

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Reflection and planning

Elizabeth Feltoe | 20th December 2019

Photo by Nikola Jelenkovic / Unsplash We’re coming close to the end of the year now. Christmas anticipation is looming, parties are in full swing, schools are focused on getting to the end of Friday 20th and presents are being bought and wrapped. How are you feeling about Christmas? We were just talking in the office the other day about how it’s e

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So, here it is, Merry Chr...

Elizabeth Feltoe | 29th November 2019

Too early?! Never! Despite having young children I am usually the first in my house to want to put the tree up, the lights round the front door and the mulled wine opened. I have also opened day one of my advent calendar, despite it only being the 29th November. I just couldn’t resist. Don’t tell Ben and Iris otherwise I’ll have to say yes to them

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Volunteering and why it's super cool

Elizabeth Feltoe | 25th October 2019

Amanda gives us her wisdom about volunteering. Looking after other people (being a friend, a good member of the community or taking on a cause) are all ways to help other people One of the best ways to help look after other people is by volunteering! If you volunteer in an area that you are passionate about you are likely to be more committed and s

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Say cheese!!

Elizabeth Feltoe | 4th October 2019

It’s World Smile Day today, Friday 4th October. That Friday feeling usually makes me break out in a grin, I have to say. Friday is my favourite day of the week because you have all of the anticipation of the weekend ahead plus I get to have pizza on a Friday night, happy days. World Smile Day was developed by the designer of the original smiley fac

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Get going!...

Elizabeth Feltoe | 20th September 2019

I have my lovely Dad to thank for my love of being active. Sunday afternoons were designated as Family Activity (known as FA!) time when we would tramp round the chilly Derbyshire countryside, visit a National Trust property or be forced to mow the lawn or cut hedges. At the time, as a reluctant teenager, I didn’t always relish the prospect and was

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How do you do!

Elizabeth Feltoe | 23rd July 2019

I am a couple of months into my Phase job and the time has flown by. I am working in the office supporting with admin and comms stuff and generally helping things tick along. Things I have learned since arriving: Phase is super organised and focused on its reason for being here. I have worked in a few small charities and none of them have been qui

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