HeadsUp News and Resources

Created on 7 July 2020

Peer Support continues throughout the Pandemic...

Usually HeadsUp Peer Support Workers (PSW’s) meet with Participants in cafes, libraries and other informal spaces, but because of the social distancing guidelines during Covid 19 we can’t meet face to...

Created on 30 June 2020

Not alone ….....

As well as offering employment or training advice and support, as Peer Support Workers (PSW's) we also offer a broader moral support to our participants. There can be many factors involved in individu...

Created on 29 June 2020

When a thank you note says it all...

Sometimes you don't need to write an awful lot to relay the message you are trying to get across. This note was sent from one of our participants to their Peer Support Worker (PSW), the person who had...

Created on 29 June 2020

Deciding your direction...

It's difficult sometimes to decide what course to do or which career path to take when you've had a period of time out of work, we know how hard this can be which is why our Development and Skills Off...

Created on 29 June 2020

Accessing Technology Funding...

As  project we pride ourselves of providing practical and wellbeing support for our participants, all of whom have had mental health challenges during their lifetime, but still really want to job sear...

Created on 19 May 2020

Home working – it’s great (isn’t it?)...

We have adapted and found ways to keep delivering our project and we are proud of that, but that’s a discussion for a different blog. The focus here is on our Peer Support Workers (PSW’s), the people...

Created on 18 May 2020

Skill Pods continue across Essex...

Delighted that we are still able to offer a full portfolio of support for our HeadsUp participants, including our Skill Pods which help people to develop their practical job seeking skills....

Created on 18 May 2020

Teamwork = ‘Mock Interviews’ still an option for our parti...

One of the most important skills an employer looks for is the ability to work in a team, and here at HeadsUp we are proud of our track record of pulling together for the benefit of our participants....

Created on 18 May 2020

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week!...

This week is MHAW a national event which this year concentrates on Kindness. We have worked with Mid and North Essex Mind and North Essex IAPT to create a programme of creative and supportive films th...

Created on 31 March 2020

Looking after you...

With weeks and months of the coronavirus pandemic ahead, it is important for us all to look after ourselves and if possible those around us. There is a lot of information out there about wellbeing tip...

Created on 31 March 2020

Strength in [participant] numbers !...

Early in 2020 we held HeadsUp workshops here at the Advice Store in Basildon and the group got on so well that they have kept in touch with each other since, providing support and encouragement. Many...

Created on 31 March 2020

Its Ok Not To Be Ok...

This blog was actually written by one of the HeadsUp partners before the recent changes that the Corona Virus has brought to all our lives, but never has it been more relevant … There is importance...

Created on 30 March 2020

New roles make a great impact in first month...

Our Development and Skills Officers (DSO’s) completed Skill Pods (skills sessions that focus on a specific part of seeking work or training) all over Essex during February with the most popular one by...

Created on 30 March 2020

We Are Still Open For Business!...

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Created on 12 February 2020

Space allows reflection (and fun!)...

One of our HeadsUp participants took their Peer Support Worker on a walk through Colchester Castle Park as part of a 1 to 1 meeting. They wanted to show the beauty within the grounds but also share a...

Created on 12 February 2020

New Skill Pods offer accessible employability skills training...

One of the great things about HeadsUp is the way in which we’ve been able to adapt to meet the needs of those we work with over the life of the project. As we move into the next phase of grant funding...

Created on 12 February 2020

The Impact of Peer Support – One Participants Amazing Journey...

One of the best parts of being a Peer Support Worker on this project is seeing how everything we put into practice helps participants whose social anxiety, self-esteem and confidence is often at an al...

Created on 12 February 2020

Our Colchester HeadsUp Participant knows best !...

Monica joined HeadsUp in October 2017, and was with us for just over a year. During this time the support from our Peer Support Worker helped boost her confidence and overcome a lot of her personal ba...

Created on 6 January 2020

Small steps with great outcomes...

One of our Peer Support Workers is supporting a participant whose mental health had deteriorated significantly and she followed our process to ensure her participant had the support they require in su...

Created on 6 January 2020

Learning to progress...

Some great news for one of our participants who has been on the programme since September 2018. She was approaching 30, had worked as a volunteer, but had not worked in paid employment since leaving s...

Created on 6 January 2020

Basildon At Christmas...

The Basildon At Christmas event on 16th November had an ice rink, Santa’s grotto and fairground rides, so the doors of the Advice Store where the local branch of Signpost are based were propped open t...

Created on 6 January 2020

Understanding your anxiety...

One of the reasons HeadsUp exists is to help people who are anxious about moving into employment, education or training. According to the NHS, “Anxiety is something everyone experiences at times, and...

Created on 5 November 2019

Working together and winning...

Last month saw the celebration of World Mental Health Day and HeadsUp worked with IAPT, MIND and Samaritans to bring information about services available in the local area. We were stationed at Broomf...

Created on 5 November 2019

Small steps can achieve great results!...

Our Peer Support Worker in Jaywick is happy to share that one of her participants has just had the fantastic news that he has secured a Temporary Christmas job with the Royal Mail. All our fingers ar...

Created on 5 November 2019

Navigation – thoughts from the hills...

Around twenty years ago I went camping in Scotland, planning to pitch my tent at the top of Stob Coire Easain. At 1115 metres high it’s taller than Snowdon, so you’d think it would be easy to spot; bu...

Created on 7 October 2019

September Success at Greenstead!...

HeadsUp participants at Signpost Greenstead have made some great progress during the month of September. Our Peer Support Worker has been supporting a participant by suggesting some changes to his...

Created on 7 October 2019

Art Club helps participants to explore their skills and creativity...

Whilst our participants are keen to find a job and boost experience, some also volunteer in our offices. One enthusiastic participant in Jaywick has been doing just this along with regular sessions wi...

Created on 25 September 2019

Active links made with Sailship and Moat...

During July our EPUT delivery partners were happy to sign up 11 new participants to receive support from the HeadsUp programme. Operating across central and eastern parts of Essex the team have been o...

Created on 25 September 2019

Brushing up on those IT skills ……...

One of the most common things we hear from participants is that they worry their computer skills are not up to scratch. It’s a fact of life now that very often we will need at least a basic ability wi...

Created on 25 September 2019

‘The Truth’ and a journey back to work …...

All too often, we allow ourselves to feel trapped by something that happened in the past- either recently or a long time ago. From exam grades to criminal records, too little work-experience to too mu...