Didcot TRAIN Youth Project

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We have a great programme of activities for May Half term including detached and outreach, creative writing and a trip to Thorpe Park! 

Do you have experience working with Young People?

Are you a skilled communicator with the ability to work across a variety of contexts?

If yes then you might be the person we are looking for!!

TRAIN are on the hunt for a full time Youth Worker to join our dynamic team and support on all things youth related!

 

For more information please download the attachment below or alternatively for specific questions on the role please call Alice on 01235 519315

 

 

We are looking for a Volunteer Youth Support Worker for our Explore More Programme. This is an international residential opportunity and provides a valuable experience for young people that work with TRAIN. The camp is based in South France and is organised on a fixed daily routine of light farm in the mornings, challenging sports in the afternoons and many communal activities in between. 

 

For more information on the role please click Here or alternatively please call Carolina or Alice on 01235 519315. 

 

How Youth Work is a Vital Part of the Solution to ASB in Didcot- written by Aimie Molyneux, TRAIN's Youth Work Placement Volunteer

London has witnessed a complex epidemic in the form of rising rates of knife crimes propagated by young people. Numerous influences can be found behind why it is young people that are committing these crimes. Several varying factors behind this are: poverty, lack of opportunities and motivation, the overcapacity and underfunding of the educational system, reduction in police on the streets and drugs. One of the most startling issues, and one of the most consistent explanations that arises when discussing why young people turn to violence, is poverty and absentee parents.

Poverty within community’s means there is less direction and opportunities for young people, whilst having no parental supervision means they are able to engage in antisocial behaviour with minimal observation. The educational system struggles to deal with antisocial issues due to overcapacity and underfunding. 

One part of the possible solution to this continued issue is youth workers and social action through charities. Youth workers are able to build long- lasting supportive relationships with young people, in a way that schools and the police cannot. Charities like Didcot Train are created with the idea of providing opportunities for young people whilst mentoring and counselling them, so as to make sure they feel supported and listened to. Didcot Train uses activities like Detached, mentoring and positive activities to build confidence and instil important life lessons. Informal education on essential topics is given by Didcot Train in order to teach young people how to support one another and what other organisations they can contact in a crisis.  The education also extends to sessions on alcohol and drugs to make sure they understand the issues surrounding them. Giving young people this knowledge means they understand the danger surrounding them, and this may influence their decisions later.

Youth workers creating a safe space means young people who are vulnerable and susceptible to peer pressure and violence can have people to turn to, and learn the valuable emotional tools needed to deal with tough situations. The detached youth work that Didcot Train are involved with is also important in maintaining antisocial behaviour and violence as it targets hard to reach youths that may not think to reach out and reminds them they have options available to them. Whilst there are no quick and easy answers in stopping these spates of violence, youth workers, the relationships they build and the education they provide to young people can be utilised in a positive way to move forward.

Didcot Train will continue to deliver positive experiences and informal education for young people, whilst utilising detached to reach out to young people that may not be reaching out themselves. At the same time, they are making sure young people are involved in constructive experiences and opportunities that can motivate them for the future

How Youth Work is a Vital Part of the Solution to ASB in Didcot- written by Aimie Molyneux, TRAIN's Youth Work Placement Volunteer

London has witnessed a complex epidemic in the form of rising rates of knife crimes propagated by young people. Numerous influences can be found behind why it is young people that are committing these crimes. Several varying factors behind this are: poverty, lack of opportunities and motivation, the overcapacity and underfunding of the educational system, reduction in police on the streets and drugs. One of the most startling issues, and one of the most consistent explanations that arises when discussing why young people turn to violence, is poverty and absentee parents.

Poverty within community’s means there is less direction and opportunities for young people, whilst having no parental supervision means they are able to engage in antisocial behaviour with minimal observation. The educational system struggles to deal with antisocial issues due to overcapacity and underfunding. 

One part of the possible solution to this continued issue is youth workers and social action through charities. Youth workers are able to build long- lasting supportive relationships with young people, in a way that schools and the police cannot. Charities like Didcot Train are created with the idea of providing opportunities for young people whilst mentoring and counselling them, so as to make sure they feel supported and listened to. Didcot Train uses activities like Detached, mentoring and positive activities to build confidence and instil important life lessons. Informal education on essential topics is given by Didcot Train in order to teach young people how to support one another and what other organisations they can contact in a crisis.  The education also extends to sessions on alcohol and drugs to make sure they understand the issues surrounding them. Giving young people this knowledge means they understand the danger surrounding them, and this may influence their decisions later.

Youth workers creating a safe space means young people who are vulnerable and susceptible to peer pressure and violence can have people to turn to, and learn the valuable emotional tools needed to deal with tough situations. The detached youth work that Didcot Train are involved with is also important in maintaining antisocial behaviour and violence as it targets hard to reach youths that may not think to reach out and reminds them they have options available to them. Whilst there are no quick and easy answers in stopping these spates of violence, youth workers, the relationships they build and the education they provide to young people can be utilised in a positive way to move forward.

Didcot Train will continue to deliver positive experiences and informal education for young people, whilst utilising detached to reach out to young people that may not be reaching out themselves. At the same time, they are making sure young people are involved in constructive experiences and opportunities that can motivate them for the future

Easter is around the corner and so TRAIN has launched our Easter holiday programme! Designed to give young people aged 11 - 18 the chance to experience new exciting opportunities and the chance to develop important life skills such as to attend Swimming Confidence Workshops at Didcot Wave. It will combine swimming lessons, confidence building, and water safety. A massive thank you to South Oxfordshire District Council and Didcot Wave Leisure Pool & Gym.

Did you know that around 400 people drown in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, through near-drowning experiences?

Putting this into context, one person dies every 20 hours in the UK. Drowning is also the third highest cause of accidental death of children in the UK. So with this mind sign up to our free Swimming Confidence classes!

We are also offering a vast range of other workshops and sessions including problem solving, drugs and alcohol, wellbeing afternoon, arts including tie-dye and dance, sports sessions, dodgeball, and basketball. Not only this, but we be continuing with our Detached and outreach sessions check out our social media streams to find out where we are.

 Letters are printed and outside the office or alternatively download the forms below.

** Trips are on a first come first served basis and young people will only be granted a place once payment is received**

 

We have re-vamped and updated our volunteer page which now includes brand new positions! If you, or anyone you know is looking to volunteer in a rewarding and friendly environment where young people are at the heart of everything we do then look no further! 

For more information please go to our Volunteer page Here where you can find details on the specific roles available and much more on volunteering at TRAIN!

 

 

 

Friday 2nd February TRAIN held the annual Celebration Event in which we recognise, award and praise all the young people that have gone that extra mile with or for TRAIN and as a result made huge developments in their social, emotional and mental well being. The night was presented by our Young Ambassador's Lydia Halsey and Jaide Andrews and parents, trustees, staff and supports were all present on the night. 

Special mention goes to Willem Voorvaart, MP Ed Vaizey Mayor Jackie Bilington and Steve Connel for attending and presenting awards.

It is such a priviledge to work alongside all our young people and how they continue to inspire us here at TRAIN- can't wait to see what this year has in store for us!

 

TRAIN

 

 

After our #2reachout campaign (see previous post here) we had a fantastic response with the Hashtag's and online engagement from the students at DGS!

Train's aim for the week was to let young people know of all the places and people (online and offline) they could turn to when they needed a bit of support or someone to talk to. We addressed this by starting the #2reachout campaign and also spreading a bit of awareness of the importance of being there for others and what TRAIN does to support young people especially during the holidays with lots of activities, workshops and trips!

Thanks again to EVERYONE who took part, all the students at DGS, DGS and keep up campaigning!

TRAIN X

On Saturday 20th January TRAIN hosted an International Meal to raise funds for TRAIN in which our Young Volunteers, Young Leaders and Young Ambassador's all took part in organising, cooking and setting up!

As we are quite an international team here at TRAIN we wanted to host an evening full of new delicious food from different corners of the globe all hand made and cooked using freshly bought ingredients! 

 

Many thanks to all who attended and a special mention of thanks to the Young Volunteers, Young Leaders and Young Ambassadors who helped in every aspect!

 

Train

Hello everyone! 

For this week only we are going into Didcot Girls' School assemblies to introduce students to TRAIN and explain a little bit about what we do here. Additionally, we will be talking about the importance of reaching out to a number of different support networks when you need some advice or someone to talk to with a TRAIN campagin to see which school year gets the most online action! 

 

We want to get as many of these hands (see picture) to show that no matter what the situation or who you are there are always people or organisations you can reach out to! So to highlight this we would like you to:

 

  • Take a selfie alone or with your mates showing your reach out hand and write- @DIDCOTtrain #2reachout

 

and never forget- A problem shared is a problem halved! 

Last week TRAIN saw the count down to Christmas kick off in full swing with a lot of season themed activities going on!  

On Thursday 30 November TRAIN set up a stall for Didcot X'Mas Street Fair where our Young Leaders helped sell baked goods which were all home made and arts and craft which were also handmade by our youth worker Karo. The young people worked incredibly hard- from setting up the stall, placing the products, lifting the gazebo outside and decorating TRAIN office! It was an extremely cold night and the Young Leaders did a fantastic job standing outside, raising money for TRAIN and helping manage the sales, very well done to all!

 

Finally, on Sunday 3rd December Medlock Grove House had their official Lights Up event. There were a lot of people there and the effort the family went to to decorate their house so beautifully all for TRAIN this year made it even more amazing!

 

We will be reporting on all of TRAIN's X'mas festivities this year- our next event for all young people will be the Midnight Iceskating trip on 16th December- there are limited spaces so sign up ASAP! Volunteers welcome :)

 

 

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