HeadsUp News and Resources

Created on 7 October 2020

Talking about resilience...

All our lives have been massively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions that have been placed upon us all. At the beginning everything that was happening was totally unbelievable and...

Created on 7 October 2020

Peer Support Workers also need to find the ‘new normal’...

This last fortnight has been a struggle for me. It’s all change – again. Since March, my children have been safe at home – needing home-schooling whilst I juggle working from home, being their teacher...

Created on 7 October 2020

Making meetings matter...

You may recall from an earlier blog that some of our participants have been helped to access funding to buy digital equipment. This is of course a fantastic thing, but if you’ve never used a tablet or...

Created on 16 September 2020

Support for those retraining or finding themselves redundant...

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Created on 14 September 2020

The comfort of seeing a face…...

Working from home has had its advantages, not having to worry about getting to the bus stop on time, or what clothes to put on in the morning, but I have really missed the face to face interactions, p...

Created on 8 September 2020

Barriers are there to overcome...

When a particularly anxious participant came onto the project wanting employability support, turning up for the first appointment with [me] his Peer Support Worker was a real challenge. He didn’t feel...

Created on 8 September 2020

Curve ball moments ….....

Each participant is different, bringing their own unique experience and it’s really important that this is at the base of our support, what works well for some does not with others. And what works for...

Created on 8 September 2020

The harsh truth about job hunting right now!...

Being unemployed right now is difficult with such a competitive job market due to fewer jobs and a high number of applicants – it’s often difficult to keep motivated. Working with participants to bu...

Created on 11 August 2020

Lockdown also forces positive change!...

I doubt that anyone would say that they’ve enjoyed the last few months, and much of that has been down to enforced changes we have all had to make to our lives. Covid has impacted our personal, social...

Created on 10 August 2020

Face to Face Meetings begin again at Basildon Advice Store...

HeadsUp in Basildon are seeing participants face-to-face again this month for the first time since lockdown as our base of operations in the Advice Store is reopening to the public. The size of our...

Created on 10 August 2020

Applying for Jobs Begins from the Ground Up...

There’s no denying that, in the current climate, it can be difficult to find a job. Whether you’re looking to work for the first time or have recently become unemployed, prospects now may seem fairly...

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...