Looking back to look forwards

NEXT is an intensive, 10 week course that develops self-esteem and self-awareness through teaching psychological theory. The majority of individuals who go on NEXT are nearing or have reached the end of their treatment for drug or alcohol misuse and are abstinent although we also work with individuals on low doses of prescribed medication.

We have developed an open-minded, forward-thinking approach to working with people that have often been seen as unemployable, excluded and written off from society.

The package comprises:

  • 10 weeks intensive training with two full training days each week
  • A one-hour tutorial each fortnight with a dedicated personal tutor
  • All travel expenses reimbursed*
  • An option of a six-month voluntary placement – within the social care field and outside of it

Whilst on the course, trainees are helped to reflect on their lives and identify behavioral patterns using the psychological theory covered in training. This process helps them to to rebuild their lives and establish solid foundations for their futures.

Many people graduating from NEXT go on to volunteer and work in the health and social care sector but we have also supported many to return to previous careers or embark on new ones. Many gain an appetite for study as a result of realizing that learning can be enjoyable and lots of graduates move on to further education.

The next intake of the NEXT Project will be in early January 2018. Applications can be sent in before this date. 

NEXT Project Schedule
Application Form
Person Specification
Equal Ops Form

Please contact Liz Naylor if you have any questions: liz.n@foundationforchange.org.uk or call 020 3490 1818.

* Entry onto the course is dependent on funding which may come from a variety of sources, depending on your borough of residence. Many people are getting their places funded from their Care Managers – it is becoming more common for care managers to fund NEXT as an individual’s aftercare.

Move from being a client to a person
Increase self-esteem
Reduce shame about the past