Didcot TRAIN Youth Project

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We are delighted to announce that TRAIN has just been awarded the 2018 Business & Community Award for Community Engagement! Congratulations to our fabulous team, and many thanks to those who nominated us and chose us as winners!

We are off to Adrenaline Alley Corby in October half term. Make sure you return the form below and return with the money to grad your place. 

 The role of a TRAIN trustee is to ensure that we fulfil our duty to our beneficiaries and deliver on our charitable objectives. TRAIN exist to improve the life opportunities of children and young people aged 11 to 18 and living in and around Didcot. Our small but dedicated team deliver a range of activities including detached youth work, mentoring, residential trips and youth produced social action projects. TRAIN actively empower young people who may be disadvantaged or facing adversity, enabling them to develop their skills and access opportunity.  

 

Please see attached Here for more information regarding the role.

We have created a summer programme full of workshops, group mentoring and trips to make sure that the summer is fun for everyone. 

Some highlights from the programme include,

  • ·Driving ready course for 15 year olds + workshops that are designed to get young people ready for theory tests and road conscious.

 

  • ·Heads up programme an open-access mentoring group focusing on Build resilience in Young Persons as part of development of emotional Well Being, Raise awareness of Mental Health. Including Coping Strategies, Making it a safe space for peer support, Managing Stress, Food Mood, Dealing with Anger, Reaching Out ,Supporting Friends, Looking After Yourself, NLP techniques

 

  • ·Leadership course involving a variety of team-building and problem-solving activities where each participant will have an opportunity to lead on an activity and develop skills in leadership and communication in an interactive and fun way.

 

  • ·Trips to Thorpe Park, Aqua Park, the beach, Zorb football, Paddleboarding and Canoeing, and Out and About in nature.

Please feel free to pass this on to any young people you work with and other agencies that may want to signpost it to young people.

Below is a copy of the full programme and consent forms, all you need to do is fill one in and return to the office adding any money required in a named envelope. We will have per printed forms in the porchway to the office for young people to pick up. 

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

 

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!

 

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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!

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