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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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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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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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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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My year with Phase

Bethany Murray | 2nd August 2016

This year I have been working with Phase as the 'Self-harm Support Intern' and what an exciting year it has been. I've seen Phase achieve so much and am excited about the future of the charity which I will continue to support and be involved with, just perhaps from more of a distance as my next three years will be spent up north at Newcastle Univer

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Friendly Places

Kieran Murphy | 12th July 2016

"There's no health without mental health" Phase HQ recently received our Friendly Places certificate from Faith Action confirming that we are a faith organisation that is committed to caring for people's mental health. By signing up to the Friendly Places Pledge, a faith group makes a commitment to be a place which welcomes and supports

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Talking to someone who struggles with self-harm

Bethany Murray | 22nd June 2016

Earlier this year, Phase was asked to write something about what are some helpful things to say to a young person struggling with self-harm. I’ve spent some time putting together a list of some common things people may say, why they might not be so helpful and what people could say instead. "Promise me you won't do it again" Self-harm is

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Hitchin Youth Trust

Kieran Murphy | 15th March 2016

We are very pleased to announce that Phase has recently received a grant for over £2000 from the Hitchin Youth Trust in relation to our Creative Space project. The support from Hitchin Youth Trust will enable Phase to provide all the equipment, resources and materials needed to deliver Creative Space project for this year. Creative Space is provid

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The Parent Participation Toolkit

Kieran Murphy | 8th March 2016

The Parent Participation Toolkit ‘’When parents and carers are fully engaged in the treatment process, we see improved outcomes for the child and family.’’ This quote comes from a new toolkit that has been produced to help improve mental health services for children and young people by valuing the role of parents. Young Minds and NHS England have w

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Alice Mills | 7th March 2016

A couple of weeks ago, on Monday 17th February 2016, the week after Children’s Mental Health week 2016, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Huffington Post as guest editor for the day. She posted this article, highlighting the importance of discussing the mental health of children across the UK. Physical health and mental health

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Self-harm Awareness Day: A personal reflection

Bethany Murray | 1st March 2016

To me, self harm awareness day is an incredibly important day. A 13 year battle with self harm that I'm yet to feel I have truly left behind means I have more than my fair share of experiences that show why more awareness of this issue is so incredibly necessary. Out of the 13 years of this struggle it's only been for 4 of them that anyone apart fr

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Getting creative

Bethany Murray | 25th February 2016

Phase's newest project 'Creative Space' has been launched and is under way. We've had 7 students attend the sessions so far with some great cretaive work produced, good conversations had and a relaxed, chatty, fun, supportive atmosphere created. In Tuesday's session we spoke about March 1st next week being Self-harm Awareness day. Some of our creat

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Impact for Phase Raffle

Kieran Murphy | 1st February 2016

We have an amazing raffle happening, where you can win some fantastic prizes!! 2 x 5 Personal training sessions worth over £400* Signed Saracens Rugby team Shirt - priceless! 2 Physio sessions with top sports therapist Liam George worth over £80 Hotel Chocolat Tasting Table worth £65 3 course meal for two at Strada Hitchin £50 Love to Shop vouchers

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November campaign update

Kieran Murphy | 29th January 2016

November may seem like a long time ago, however, it has taken us a little while to count up everything that came in through our November Campaign. We are extremely pleased to announce that the grand total of the campaign was....... £11,000 This is made up of people dropping £4 pounds into the Phase buckets, church collections, some large donations

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The Bloodhound Project

Kieran Murphy | 28th January 2016

Phase hits over 1,000mph with BLOODHOUND Project Hitchin’s youth support charity Phase will hit new speeds when the unique BLOODHOUND Project - a global engineering adventure, using a 1000mph world land speed record attempt car launches later this year. The team behind the land speed effort are keen to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore

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