Didcot TRAIN Youth Project


During the October half-term holiday TRAIN enabled two of our young people to take part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme. This is a fantastic opportunity for 15 to 17 year-olds to embark on exhilarating challenges, make their mark and build skills for work and life. They joined together with six other young people to form a group. The group completed a residential at Avon Tyrrell including high ropes challenges and other activities. They also engaged in a week of workshops at Oxford Brookes university, including the topics of FGM, LGBT, disabilities in sport and presentation skills. As a group they decided what they would like to do to give back to the community - coinciding with Youth Work Week they produced a video celebrating youth work and its importance which could be shown to councillors etc. TRAIN also gave these two young people the opportunity to meet with young people from different backgrounds at North Leigh youth club and their contribution to Youth Work Week was retweeted by the National Youth Agency ad NCS.

Over the past couple of months several of our young people took part in the Generation Heartbeats programme facilitated by Oxfordshire Youth. The aim of this programme was to break down gender barriers, pressures, stereotypes and expectations that play a key role in young people’s relationship to sport, health and wellbeing.
The sessions included opportunities for the young women to try new sports, such as boxing – see photograph.

As part of this programme, two young women completed ILM Level 2 Award in Leadership and Team skills.

One of our young leaders, Lydia, said “boxing was fun. It was good to have a go at a sport that is perceived to be male. It reminded me it’s good to keep fit and healthy and it also helped me to relieve some stress.”

On Tuesday 20th September we held our Annual General Meeting at our office in 118 Broadway. As well as staff, trustees and volunteers the meeting was attended by a variety of members of the local community, including members of local churches, partners from the business and charity sectors and Didcot's mayor, Steve Connel - pictured with TRAIN's Lead Youth Worker, Alice Dore.

After refreshments we heard reports of the work of TRAIN so far this year from Brian McNamee (Chair), Alice Dore (Lead Youth Worker), Carolyn Fishwick (Treasurer), Joanna Schüder (Team Administrator) and Ian Pickering (Secretary). The minutes of last year's AGM  and some minor amendments to the constitution were accepted. The two trustees who were standing down this time, Ben Drabble and Jenny Simm, were thanked for their valuable contribution to the charity over many years. We learnt that there were two new people intersted in joining the trustees and that there would be a Special General Meeting for the purpose of electing them.  It was a great to once again feel the support of our local community for the important work of TRAIN and to celebrate our achievements.

TRAIN was featured in the Didcot Herald for our work in partnership with Thames Valley Police helping to tackle anti-social behaviour. Read the article here -


There is a trip to Oxford Ice Rink on Sunday 18th December 2016, for young people aged 11-18.


There is a £5 cost for the ticket and travel! Please complete and return the Consent Form and Information from Parents/Guardians form at the bottom of the letter by Friday 11th November 2016. We expect a high demand for tickets and we only have 28. This trip will therefore be first come first serve. Young people will only be guaranteed a place once forms and money are returned.


Date:    Sunday 18th December
Venue:               Oxford Ice Rink
Travel:                Young people to make their own way to TRAIN Office. Minibus will pick us up and drop back to the office. 
Time:    10:30pm return for 1:30am (we strongly recommend that young people are dropped off and picked up but untimely this is not our responsibility)

£5.00 per person



If you require any further details or assistance with finance for the trip please do contact us on 01235 519315.

Introducing the new faces of TRAIN -

Alice Dore, Lead Youth Worker

and Joanna Schüder, Team Administrator

TRAIN young people were challenged to design, bake and decorate a show-stopping two layered, firework themed cake with the help of Christine Wallace, semi-finalist of the Great British Bake-Off 2013.

In true bake-off style, we had three hours to complete this challenge. Initially we thought this sounded like an easy task, but when the competition got going, we soon felt the pressure the contestants on the show must feel when ensuring timings were kept to, and attempting to stop the icing from melting in the heat of the kitchen!
Christine gave us all some great techniques for keeping our cakes moist and fluffy, for creating the best designs and for displaying our cakes when finished.

The young people had a fantastic time quizzing Christine about baking techniques, and the experiences she went through on television. The girls are all keen to expand their baking skills in future events, and have already started planning their bakes! We are very grateful to Christine for the time she gave to do this, and look forward to working with her again in the near future.

Every year the young people that TRAIN works with gets the opportunity to go on a residential weekend. But in order to go on this residential experience they have to get involved in their community and complete 3-4 hours of social action.

Joe, Mirren and Jordan approached Didcot TRAIN with an idea of a fun trip to Thorpe Park and to go, go karting. This lead to them finding ways to fund and organise the trips.

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