Putting Support in Pandemic Recovery

There are times in everyone’s life when you feel that a change is due. Sometimes that need to change can be a personal one, sometimes it can be work focused and sometimes it can be health focused be that looking to recover from or cope with a physical or mental health problem. We may want to change job or if we are younger, we may find we are struggling to engage at school. Through no fault of our own, there are times that we do not feel we have the resources needed and may just get stuck in a rut. That may also be accompanied by loneliness or isolation giving rise to further issues such as anxiety and depression. Even if we have not tipped into these states, many of us will feel a certain level of angst or worry about stepping out into the unknown. This takes confidence, courage, and oodles of self-esteem which we may feel are outside our comfort zone and as such this all confronts our ability to make the changes we want or need to make.

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Covid, a Year in Reflection

The 17th of March 2021 saw me (along with hundreds of others) receive my first Covid vaccination, coincidentally, on the same day as my very new rescue dog got her canine vaccinations.  I also had a meeting with our legal team reviewing the contracts for our newly re-launched online Workplace Choices programmes and I joined our online young adult programme – now one of four programmes running, for the session on examining and improving their personal core beliefs.

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Supporting young people who are bearing the brunt of the jobs crisis

As news breaks today that the UK job market remains subdued and job losses remain higher than the first quarter of 2020 with young people continuing to bear the brunt of the crisis, here at SAFE NEW FUTURES, we are offering free support to any 16-25 year-olds who are looking for employment and who could benefit with some extra employability support. 

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CBT for the workplace

As I think we all suspect, mental health issues will be the new pandemic once all the Covid inoculations have rolled out, with its related physical ailments, increasing suicide rates, resultant pressure on primary and secondary health care provision and of course loss of productivity in the workplace.

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Pandemic and mental health support in the workplace

Just like physical health, our mental health can change on a day-to-day basis. The future seems to be more uncertain than ever and our well-being may suffer from it. For the last year, a lot of us feel more stressed and anxious than ever before.

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National Lottery Community Funding

We are delighted to announce that the National Lottery Community Fund has awarded Safe New Futures a grant to continue running our youth programme.

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New starter joins Safe New Futures

We are thrilled to welcome Nick Marlow as an internal coach for our staff team.  Nick, an experienced and professional coach, will support our staff team during these turbulent times.

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Funding secured for additional courses

With unemployment set to soar to 7.5% over the coming months, we are deeply grateful to the European Social Fund and Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Community Foundation for their funding to enable us to run FIVE programmes in Eastleigh, Gosport, Havant, The New Forest and the Isle of Wight.

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Progress and a New Future

Southampton Voluntary Services closed its doors on 17th March, leaving participants disappointed and vulnerable after the initial support the charity had provided.

We were determined not to leave them stranded.

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Choices and Solent Jobs Programme

Safe New Futures were thrilled to present the difference that our bespoke 3-day Choices programme made.

Local resident's employment success stories were showcased at conference.

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What is CBT?

Cognitive behavioural therapy is one of the forms of talking therapies available in the UK which can be used to treat people with a wide range of mental health problems. CBT is based on the idea that how we think (cognition), how we feel (emotion) and how we act (behaviour) all interact together.

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