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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Renew

Kieran Murphy | 3rd February 2021

As we all come out of lockdown and begin to rebuild a sense of normality, routine and restore our lives, it is important to remember that each one of us will have been impacted by COVID-19 in many different ways. Our wellbeing, our mental, emotional and physical health will have been impacted.Renew is a series of short development sessions that you

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Working with the local community

Kieran Murphy | 25th January 2021

Since 2002 Phase has been a key part of the Hitchin community with our focus being building the wellbeing and resilience of children and young people – our vision is to see them thrive! We may be the ones doing the face-to-face work however there are many others across Hitchin who support Phase to keep making a difference. They range from individua

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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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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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Virtual Mentoring

Kieran Murphy | 2nd April 2020

As we all go through this incredibly difficult season of isolation where routines, rhythms and everyday normality has been removed, it can make us feel lost, fearful and uncertain about what the future holds.At Phase we are passionate about equipping children and young people to journeying through adolescence, whereby they don't just survive but th

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