HeadsUp News and Resources

Created on 13 January 2021

Take 1 new PSW and 1 lockdown ……...

....and you can still get some really positive outcomes! Although our Peer Support Worker only started to work with HeadsUp about six weeks before the lockdown came into force, they managed to dea...

Created on 13 January 2021

New Year New Goals...

Christmas and the new year were hard for many, Covid meant that our festive season looked very different and to some felt lonely. But now that 2021 is here it's time if you can, to look onwards and up...

Created on 13 January 2021

Support continues throughout new lockdown...

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Created on 13 January 2021

Success despite lockdown!...

We’ve abided by the Christmas restrictions, cancelled the New Year’s Eve parties, waved at friends or relatives from a safe distance (if we’ve been lucky enough to see them at all) and eaten our body...

Created on 15 December 2020

Facing the Interview Fear Head On!...

Interviews are often a big fear factor when jobhunting, and even more so for people who might have been out of work for some time or for whom it’s been a while since they have interviewed. The experie...

Created on 10 December 2020

Revisiting a creative side …...

One of our participants is a great example of how the right support given at the right pace can really help someone to revisit previous periods of life, remember and even rekindle passions, skills and...

Created on 10 December 2020

It’s not all gloom/There are still employers hiring!...

Essential retailers are striving to meet considerable demand and need new staff for this. For those who are willing and able this can be a good time for people with limited employment history or relev...

Created on 16 November 2020

Strength in connecting with others...

Our Peer Support Workers offer amazing support to HeadsUp participants, but it's also important that the project supports them too as being an ear for others is a tricky and often intense role to have...

Created on 16 November 2020

Tackling a dip in our sense of wellbeing...

Over the last few weeks we have noticed that some of our participants are struggling with their wellbeing. The continued uncertainty caused by local and national lockdowns has left some participants f...

Created on 16 November 2020

Keeping positive in a tricky job market...

With unemployment figures set to rise further in the coming months, it is understandable that some of our participants are feeling apprehensive about entering the competitive job market. Some have st...

Created on 16 November 2020

Make the best of the winter months...

We recognise that as the days get shorter, the weather colder and as it’s getting closer and closer to the end of the year, it is getting harder to keep your motivation and spirits up. It is hard to b...

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....