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Think Ahead – the new fast-track programme for exceptional graduates to become mental health social workers – has picked MEETinLEEDS’ Devonshire Hall to host its inaugural Summer Institute.

Devonshire Hall, a traditional ‘Oxbridge’ style grade II listed building located just a mile outside Leeds city centre, will welcome between 80-100 Think Ahead participants for six weeks in summer 2016, as they begin their exciting journey towards social work qualification.

Harriet Boatwright, MEETinLEEDS’ sales and marketing manager, said: “We’re delighted that Think Ahead has chosen Devonshire Hall for its first Summer Institute. It’s a fabulous venue thanks to its picturesque surroundings including beautiful lawns, courtyards and striking archways.”

“We’re delighted that Think Ahead has chosen Devonshire Hall for its first Summer Institute. It’s a fabulous venue with picturesque surroundings.”

Devonshire Hall provides a state-of-the-art learning environment and also benefits from a choice of smaller rooms perfect for breakout sessions, meaning it is perfectly suited to host Think Ahead’s first cohort, and its team of academic tutors. For down time Devonshire Hall also has an impressive choice of additional facilities including tennis, snooker and a fully-stocked lounge bar.

The Summer Institute will consist of 30 days’ intense learning, which will prepare participants for frontline work by giving a grounding in approaches to mental health social work.

Think-Ahead-Logo“The curriculum will include teaching, exercises and participatory sessions, and will be delivered in part by people with lived experience of mental ill-health. The residential will also introduce how strong leadership skills are intrinsic to great social work.

During the six weeks participants have a unique opportunity to build networks, exchange ideas with fellow cohort members, and learn from leading experts in the field. The Summer Institute prepares participants for on-the-job learning in local authorities and NHS Mental Health Trusts around England.

Learn more about Think Ahead’s Summer Institute.


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Over the past few months we’ve been working hard on a new project that has added an extra dimension to the event facilities we can offer: weddings!  Whilst the University has hosted these special days in the past this is the first time that MEETinLEEDS will have hosted a wedding fayre.

Wedding-Fayre-FlyerDevonshire Hall offers brides and grooms a beautiful and unique location to create their fairy-tale wedding and will be the scene for our first Wedding Fayre this Sunday September 1st.
The event is free to enter and takes place between 11am and 4pm and we think it’s the perfect opportunity to see the venue in all its splendour, as well as offering the opportunity for couples to find inspiration as they meet a number of our hand-picked wedding suppliers.

A champagne reception will be the start of the experience where brides and grooms-to-be can view wedding cars in the courtyard, listen to the live band playing throughout the day and speak to the exhibitors including cake designers, florists, a photographer and wedding venue dresser as well as stands with wedding gowns and a photo booth.
Should you choose to book an exhibitor for your wedding day, for your convenience all of the suppliers are located in Yorkshire.

During the wedding fayre people can picture themselves on their special day as they ascend the winding stone staircase, stand by the open fireplace and take a stroll through the picture-perfect courtyard and lawns.

Couples can also see Devonshire Hall dressed for an evening reception as well as meet our wedding team who will be on hand to help you plan your special day.

I’ve been working with Natalie Ruecroft, Sales Executive in our very own office, on this project and she’s really looking forward to showcasing the picturesque location. She said: “Devonshire Hall really is a hidden gem in Leeds and the fayre will showcase exactly what can be achieved here for that special day – in fact a one-stop wedding shop”.

The wedding fayre will be held at Devonshire Hall, Cumberland Road, Leeds, LS6 2EQ on Sunday September 1 between 11am and 4pm.

For more details visit the website herevisit the Facebook page at or follow on Twitter @meetinleeds and use the hashtag #wedinleeds.

The University of Leeds is taking bookings now for 2014 onwards for June to September and the Christmas period. University term-time dates are unavailable.