October saw the first half term of this academic year (23-27) and TRAIN offered a variety of workshops and sessions to meet all needs and interests. Our half term programme started with our Gender Group on Monday's to Intro to Handball to Board Games Cafe, Music workshop, Bracelet Making session during detached and more!
Here are a few pictures of the week!
Towards the end of September TRAIN took 6 young people to France for a week long residential; the purpose of the trip was to offer vulnerable young people an opportunity to challenge themselves mentally, physically and socially in a completely new environment. During their stay on the olive farm surrounded by mountains and acres of farmland the young people woke up at 7am every day to do stone picking followed by different activities in the afternoon such as canyoning, zip wire, swimming, scuba diving, hiking and more! They also tried new foods such as snails, wild bore, French cheeses and venison which was shot within the grounds! It was an amazing experience and we are very proud with what the young people were able to achieve in just a week.
After our successful AGM evening on Tuesday 12th September where we discussed TRAIN'S governance, youth work and finances for the financial year 16/17 our report is now open to the public for reading. You can find the most recent report here.
Many thanks once again for your continung support!
Here at TRAIN we cannot believe it's that time already for our young people to go on their life changing trip to France!
As some of you may remember, Alice our lead youth worker discussed the opportunity back in early May on TV which can be seen here and now they have jetted off and will be having an action packed week at Querubi Camp in France!
We wish them the very best of luck and watch this space for a detailed account of their trip when they return!
TRAIN is currently looking to recruit volunteers who are able to spare a few hours a week supporting our youth workers out on detached and on our activities! If you have a free evening or two and would love to be more involved with TRAIN and be on the front line of our youth work then please don't hesitate to apply here and leave the rest to us!
In return TRAIN offers excellent professional and personal development opportunties along with support from our staff and free training workshops!
It's a fun, open and welcoming space in which we all have a passion for making a difference, in what ever way possible to young people's lives.
Well, it has been an action packed summer to say the least!
We ended our summer programme on a high with a trip to CORBY- Europe's largest urban sports venue. A lot of young people have engaged with TRAIN this summer, gone on outings, trips, taken part in a variety of workshops, activites and even yoga sessions!
On behalf of everyone at TRAIN, we want to thank our young people, volunteers, staff and supporters for collectively making it another great summer at TRAIN.
Stay tuned for our term time programme out soon!
TRAIN team x
Happy Friday everyone!
We have some great news to share with you all, starting with the Paris to Rome bike ride that Jack and Dom began 2.5 weeks ago.
After blood, sweat and tears they have both made it to Rome!
Here's some stats on their incredible achievement:
Averaged 20.1kph over the whole trip
Consumed 3.5kg of peanut m & m's.
They really want to get to £2000 so please click on the link below to sponsor this amazing accomplishment!
In other news, one of our volunteers- Georg Wanek is also doing a spot of fundraising for TRAIN!
Georg is a skateboard enthusiast and volunteers his time weekly to support our youth workers when out at the skateparks. For this reason he will dedicate one of six skateboard tricks in return for a donation and create a short youtube video. He will then announce the dedication and then do the trick on camera.
To donate, find out more and to see what kind of tricks Georg has to offer please follow the link below:
Have a great Bank Holiday weekend wherever you are!
Our 2nd to last week of the summer programme starts 21-25 August! We have trip to Poole, a nature walk, health day and more!
We are now officially in our 2nd week of TRAIN's summer program! Our first week started with Play Station tournament, cinema trip to watch Monster Island, challenges in the park, Up-Cycling furniture and Bubble football! Our weekly calendar is posted on our social media page and also can be found on our window at TRAIN office.
Here is what is in store this week!
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!