Didcot TRAIN Youth Project

Weekly Update 09.03.20

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:

  • Detached: this week’s detached proved particularly important for keeping us aware of local ASB, both witnessed by staff and communicated to us by local services in the Orchard Centre. Meetings have been arranged with impacted agencies to enable us to support one another in addressing matters. As always, young people were discouraged from engaging in negative behaviour and encouraged along to our sessions.
  • 1:1 Mentoring: young people undergoing mentoring programmes at UTC and Aureus engaged very well in their weekly session, areas explored including wellbeing, food and mood and anxiety.
  • Young Women’s Group: this week’s session revolved around food and sleep, with a quiz and lots of interesting discussions.
  • Head Start: another positive week of sessions with Aureus and Stephen Freeman primary schools, focused on the topics of reputations and the affect of stress on the body. 
  • Dinner and Debate: a couple of extremely energised sessions with lots of young people coming along! Lots of good ideas were shared on peer pressure, looking into different scenarios. A number of opinions voiced by young people have also brought about ideas for topics there would be benefit covering in future sessions.
  • Young Men’s: another positive session, including participation centered discussions around community activities the young people may be interested in getting involved in over the coming weeks.
  • Friday Fitness and Chill: it was brilliant to have a number of young people come along again, as usual enjoying having a positive space to socialise in, whilst taking it in turns to do one on one pad work with Lisa.

Other news:

  • Last week also came with some sad news with Alice, Director of Youth Work Services, sharing that this will be her last month with us at TRAIN! Having been with TRAIN for the past 4 years, it really won’t be the same without her. Inspiring does not even begin to cover the dedication she has shown to TRAIN, building it up from being just 1 Youth Worker strong to the team of 6 we are today. She has truly gone above and beyond to support all the young people who have engaged with her over the years. We wish her the best of luck at her new opportunity with Ark T. 
  • It has also been very exciting to begin planning for this year’s Explore More intensive personal development programmes in France, set to take place this Summer!
  • It was a lovely surprise to be donated £80 from the Ridgeway Division of Trefoil Guild, part of Girl Guiding UK! Rather than organising a typical Secret Santa, the group had the very kind idea of each generously contributing a donation this Christmas. We are incredibly grateful to all at the group so a very big thank you.

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.  

Kind regards,

The TRAIN Team