Today marks a sad day as we say goodbye to Alice! Having been with TRAIN for the past 4 years, it really won’t be the same without her.
Coming into the charity as the only Youth Worker, she has gone above and beyond to build it up to the team of 6 we are today, to whom she has been a wonderful leader as Director of Youth Work Services. Whilst doing so, she has never failed to always put the young people first. From designing numerous holiday programmes to the mammoth planning involved in the France residentials, alongside expanding our regular programme of mentoring and detached work, she has created countless opportunities to inspire and empower Didcot’s young people. We can’t thank her enough for her dedication.
You will be greatly missed not only by us, but by Didcot as a whole! Although we are very sad to lose her, we wish her the all best in her new role at Ark T where we know she is going to inspire many many more 🌟
We hope you are keeping well considering things at the moment. With the increasingly stringent government guidelines, TRAIN’s Trustees came to the decision last week to pause all face to face aspects of our delivery for the time being, abiding by their duty of care to staff and the young people TRAIN supports.
In order to ensure staff can continue to reach out to young people and vice versa, for now we have made the switch to running all provision virtually - please see our current programme below. It is obviously a learning process adjusting to this online format, but we were really pleased by the engagement we came to have across the week.
Staff largely focused on checking in with young people, considering the huge change in lifestyle each are facing. Over the week many conversations were held with young people and a range of tools experimented with, from games to group chats, to explore what engagement methods and activities are of most interest to them. Live social media videos proved to be particularly great for running a number of activities including:
Digital platforms also have their benefit in enabling Justina to continue one to one mentoring sessions with a number of the young people she has been working with at UTC. We hope to take up a number more for sessions over the coming few weeks also.
We look forward to the coming week to plan more bits and pieces for the young people to look forward to.
If you have any questions about what we will be offering online for the week ahead, please do get in touch. Otherwise, thank you as ever for your support. It has been so brilliant to see the sense of community that has grown throughout this period so far, from all working to bring out the positive in the negative!
The TRAIN Team
It was really positive to have a busy, energised week of provision last week. Highlights included:
Considering the strange circumstances we are currently experiencing and the health and safety of our TRAIN community being very important to us, the coming week will see us taking steps to prevent the further spread of cold, flu and the COVID-19 virus.
For the time being our group mentoring, outreach and detached sessions will be continuing to go ahead as usual, but staff will be working from home during time in between. For the upcoming week’s provision please see the timetable below. We will be updating and posting the schedule each week through staff Facebook accounts, as well as any updates on cancellations.
Further guidance on TRAIN’s response from the Trustees:
Didcot TRAIN is following government advice on how to proceed with coronavirus.
Symptoms of coronavirus include:
- A new and persistent cough
- A fever
If you are exhibiting these symptoms, please self-isolate by staying at home for 7 days
- Use NHS online for updated advice
- Phone NHS 111 if symptoms deteriorate or persist
People exhibiting symptoms will be required to leave Didcot TRAIN premises and encouraged to self-isolate
- We are ensuring our staff are informed about the latest government advice at every team meeting
- Our staff, volunteers, and young people are encouraged to regularly wash their hands using warm water and soap or hand sanitiser (with at least 60% alcohol content)
- Our staff, volunteers, and young people are encouraged to use tissues to trap bodily fluids during sneezing/coughing
Young people experiencing symptoms are also being welcomed to video call youth workers during sessions to get involved from the sofa instead!
Take care and stay positive 🌞
The TRAIN Team
We hope you have all had great weekends. To offer an update on last week here at TRAIN, sessions across the past few days have included:
We hope the coming week is a positive one for you all. Please get in touch if you have any questions for us over the coming days or if you would like to be added to our mailing list for reminders of the weekly update and/or monthly newsletter.
The TRAIN Team
After a big half-term week of positive activities, last week saw us reset for the upcoming term, continuing with our regular provision timetable. This included:
This week will see us continuing with our usual schedule which you are all, as always, very welcome to get in touch with us regarding if you have any questions.
We hope you all have enjoyable weeks!
The TRAIN Team
Where to start! The half-term holiday was packed to the brim here at TRAIN. We offered a number of different activities for young people to get involved in across the week, to support the development of invaluable life-skills, offer positive alternatives to more anti-social behaviour many may otherwise be inclined to partake in and simply as opportunities to have a bit of fun!
Alongside our regular sessions, added trips and positive activities included:
We are hugely pleased with how the week went and seeing the young people making the most of the opportunities and enjoying themselves so much was really very rewarding to see.
This week will see us continuing with our regular detached, outreach and mentoring sessions. This will include meeting a number of new young people for 1:1 mentoring and beginning our Head Start programme with two new groups of young people at Aureus and Stephen Freeman Primary Schools!
Please get in touch if you have any questions for us over the coming days or if you would like to be added to our mailing list for reminders of the weekly update and/or monthly newsletter. We hope you all have great weeks.
The TRAIN Team
Half-term = a big week here at TRAIN! We have always been very passionate about offering many positive activities for young people during holiday periods, as they can be so important in acting as:
This final point is especially important considering many of the young people engaging with us are often going through very difficult times. Having something positive to look forward to can therefore be so valuable in supporting the mental health of these young people. We also ensure that our activities are at a very low cost or often completely free to maximise their accessibility to all.
See our timetable below for a flavour of the exciting things we have on offer for young people this week. If you know of a young person who may be keen to get involved, please do get in touch with us for a chat!
It was a great first week of February here at TRAIN. Alongside our one to one mentoring and detached work, we had a number of fun and insightful sessions across the week including:
Considering the week ahead, we’re very much looking forward to heading to Cornerstone tonight 6-8pm for a ‘meet the artists’ evening - marking Day 1 of the gallery the young people’s paintings from Saturday’s graffiti session are being displayed in! You will be able to view their creations in the Centre up till 23rd February, but tonight will be a really nice opportunity to meet the young people and celebrate with them in having their work displayed in a public gallery! As Tommy will also be present, it will also be a great opportunity to chat to him about his work and really quite impressive background. So we do hope to see many of you there!
Alongside sessions, the team will also be busy planning for half-term, throughout which we will be holding a number of positive activities for young people to get involved in. You may also see a few young people at Tesco over the week doing some fundraising to raise money for an ice-skating trip they are keen to go on!
So we hope to meet many of you across the coming days and, if not, hope you all have good weeks. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions at all or if you would like to be added to our mailing list for reminders of the weekly update and/or monthly newsletter.
The TRAIN Team
It was really great to see signs of young people engaging in our sessions growing in their confidence and self-esteem over the past week, as well as new young people coming to access our provision. This week’s highlights included:
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, queries or ideas for us over the coming week, including if you may be interested in signing up to receive email reminders for the Weekly Update and/or our monthly newsletter.
Another notice to highlight is that VOXY (Voice of Oxfordshire's Youth) and The Children’s Trust are looking for feedback from all children and young people in Oxfordshire about how supported they feel by the services they use. First shared in January 2019, this follow up survey will be important for observing any change in how supported children and young people feel one year on, so there’s great worth in spreading the word. Head here for more information and the survey link.
Other than that, we hope the first week of February treats you all well and thank you as ever for your support.
The TRAIN Team
VOXY (Voice of Oxfordshire's Youth) and The Children’s Trust are looking for feedback from all children and young people in Oxfordshire (aged 8-18 and up to 25 with additional needs) about how supported they feel by the services they use e.g. schools/colleges, youth clubs, social workers, job clubs, health services, TRAIN!
First shared in January 2019, this follow up survey will be important for observing any change in how supported children and young people feel one year on, so there’s great worth in spreading the word to any young people you may know.
The online questionnaire closes on Sunday 9th February: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/BeSupported.
You can read more about the results from the 2019 questionnaire (and download the reports) here: https://oxme.info/cms/news/feedback-be-supported-questionnaire