We have the pleasure of having Léonor with us at TRAIN for this week only whilst she is on work experience. Léonor has written a short paragraph to introduce herself to everyone!
'My name is Léonor and I am 16 years old. I attend the European School in Culham and have been living in England for 4 years now, having spent the other 12 years in Switzerland. I have just finished my school year and I am now doing my work experience here at TRAIN. I decided to do my work placement here in order to understand what happens inside the walls of a youth charity, what it's like to work alongside colleagues and to understand what being part of the organisation of events involving the youth's wellbeing is like. This will be a great opportunity for me to see the wide range of different career opportunities that I will have to choose from later on in the near future'
From everyone at TRAIN we welcome Léonor and hope she has a fantastic week with us!
TRAIN are here to make the summer fun for everyone. We have a wide variety of sessions every week-day of the summer holidays offering a diverse range of posiive activities for young people to engage in. In addition, we have many exciting trips planned throughout the summer holidays offering many opportunities for young people to try new activities and gain memorable expereinces. Please follow the link below for a trips letter.
Anya has been volunteering with TRAIN for a few weeks now. Today she received her V10 award for volunteering 10 hours to TRAIN. Her next target is to get her V30 award.
“Volunteering at TRAIN has helped me become more confident. I sometimes struggle with my mental health, but since working with TRAIN it has given me a purpose.”
Well done Anya and thank you for all your hard work.
On Friday 3rd February TRAIN held its annual Celebration Event at Didcot Civic Hall. Local MP and TRAIN Patron Ed Vaisey came to speak and show his support, as did our Mayor, Steve Connel, who presented the certificates and trophies.
The annual event is TRAIN’s way of celebrating the fantastic achievements of the town’s young people, and particularly those who give so much back to the charity that helps them, as well as to the local community. Teenagers don’t always get a great press. But Ed, Steve and a great many of the charity’s supporters came to stand alongside TRAIN’s staff and trustees and show how much the town values the contribution of its young people. For TRAIN, it’s about giving our young people the opportunities they need to flourish, and doing all they can to support our young people through whatever challenges they may be facing.
Many of TRAIN’s young people attended, with family and friends, to receive awards for achievements including Young Ambassador and Young Leader qualifications. TRAIN’s highly committed volunteer team was also celebrated. Without their selfless dedication, the charity would be unable to reach the number of young people it now manages to work with, and to give them the kind of lasting, flexible support many of our young people need.
The final award of the evening, announced by Brian McNamee, Chair of TRAIN, was our Award of Excellence. This was awarded to the one girl and one boy who we felt had achieved the most over the past year. These young people were presented with specially made engraved trophies. We are very proud of them both!
The Celebration Event was about recognising all of our young people as well as a selection of our volunteers who epitomise what being a volunteer in a youth charity is all about.
The contribution of these volunteers - Noora, Naomi, Alice and Georg - makes TRAIN and ensures that all the amazing things that we heard about this evening can happen. Their unique dedication and hard work can sometimes go unseen, so we wanted to highlight them in this way. A huge thank you to you all!
Noora gave up her career and high paid job to give back to the community and she chose TRAIN. The work she has done has been essential and includes: policy work, business planning, legal research, being home contact for trips, coming on detached, helping young people with their CVs, collaboration with other agencies and putting the young person forward for Rotary Youth Leadership course, which we know changed his life. Noora has given us over 778 hours voluntary work and even though she now has a career in the voluntary sector she still gives us 7 hours a week voluntary time.
Naomi has been working incredibly hard studying for her youth work degree. She has given over 110 hours of volunteer work to TRAIN, helping with detached sesssions and community events and ensuring we were able to go on trips.
"The Other Alice" has given over 100 hours volunteering to TRAIN. She has been a life line to detached sessions and additional programmes like generation heart beats and the music project and straight after the Celebration Event gave up her whole weekend to accomany two young people on a young leaders residential.
Georg has given 40 hours of his time as a volunteer and with his expert skateboarding skills he has enabled us to start working with a new group of young people at the skate park, including introducing one of the girls to skateboarding. He was a key worker for the boys fundraising and will be going on the Corby trip next week.
We have worked with hundreds of young people over the last year. However some young people have actively engaged in positive activities with TRAIN to better themselves.
The positive activities they have got involved with include trampolining, ice skating, planning trips, music workshops, board games sessions and our mentoring programme.
So at our Celebration Event we recognised all these young people for their achievements too.
We have a core group of young people that are achieving great things. The Young Ambassadors Programme is starting to be developed to equip young people with the skills and experience to lead their peers and to become a voice within their community and TRAIN.
So at our Celebration Event we introduced six brilliant young people as official Young Ambassadors and also thanked them for everything they have achieved over the past year.
The next award was given to 3 young people who have given back to TRAIN through fundraising. The boys wanted to organise a trip to Corby, an indoor skate park. They met often in the office to plan the trip and also how they were going to generate the money needed for them to go.
The 3 young people decided to sell cakes at the Didcot Street Fair. Together with their families they baked so many cakes and made it possible for the boys to raise over £210. Well done!
We are all looking forward to the Corby trip which is happening on the 19th February.
The next award was for two young people who completed the National Citizens Award.
The National Citizens Service (NCS) helps young people to build skills for work and life, giving them the opportunity to take on new challenges and meet new friends. NCS brings young people together from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication. Participants develop a social action project to deal with a local issue they are passionate about, and spend 30 hours putting the project into action in their community.
These two girls had a short time away from home and took part in a team project that raised awareness of the importance of youth work. A massive well done to both of them for completing the programme.
The next award was for a young person who has worked with TRAIN for many years. He told us more about his experience on the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) programme, which TRAIN enabled him to access. This had been something of a turning point in his life. One of the main things he had learnt was to be less judgemental about people from backgrounds different to his own.