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!
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!