Didcot TRAIN Youth Project

Weekly Update 11.02.20

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:

  • Graffiti Workshop – a few of the young people were treated to a graffiti workshop by New York artist Tommy Watkins on Saturday! http://www.tommywatkins.com/ It was a fantastic afternoon, the young people relishing the opportunity to express themselves on canvas and producing some really quite impressive colourful pieces. We’re very grateful to Tommy for taking the time to deliver the workshop and very excited to see the work displayed at the Cornerstone from 11th-23rd Feb!
  • Head Start – this week’s session with the 16 young people we are mentoring at All Saints and Willowcroft primary schools were focused on relationships. This included expressing what it means to have a healthy, equal relationship, signs of abuse and the impact relationships can have on emotional health and self-esteem. Sessions were again very well received by the young people and it was brilliant to see more gaining the confidence to come along to our Dinner and Debate session on the Thursday.
  • Young Women’s, Young Men’s, What’s Up and Dinner and Debate – topics covered in sessions across the week included body image, identity, drugs and alcohol through discussions, interactive activities and debates. It was brilliant to see a few new faces, alongside young people who regularly attend TRAIN.
  • Friday Fun and Fitness – it was great to see young people really working as a team, helping and encouraging each other in their pad work during this week’s Friday Fitness session. Young people then had the opportunity to stay on to socialise in our open session, offering them a safe, positive space to spend their Friday evenings.

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.  

Thank you.

Kind regards,

The TRAIN Team