Didcot TRAIN Youth Project

Weekly Update 16.03.20

It was really positive to have a busy, energised week of provision last week. Highlights included:

  • Outreach at Aureus: Harry and Lisa enjoyed visiting on Tuesday to engage with young people during their lunchbreak - a really positive opportunity for young people to get to know the team better and, as a result, the additional support they can access from TRAIN outside of school hours.
  • Young Women’s Group: great discussions were held around the topic of passive, assertive and aggressive behaviour, exploring how to handle difficult situations in a positive way.
  • Young Men’s Group: stereotypes was the subject of this week’s session, addressed through many a team building game.
  • Dinner and Debate: Tuesday’s hour saw young people given hard hitting questions to discuss, covering a number of areas from drugs to terrorism. Resulting in a heated debating battle, it was great to see them exercising their skills in persuasion and assertion, whilst also being open to alternative viewpoints, some coming to switch opinions throughout. Many interesting views were also shared in Thursday’s session focused on disability awareness. It was clear certain young people left the room with completely different attitudes towards the topic and inspired to look out for others witnessed being stigmatised.
  • Head Start: young people engaged very well in sessions focused on how to recognise different feelings, manage negative emotions in a healthy way and passive, assertive and aggressive behaviour.

Considering the strange circumstances we are currently experiencing and the health and safety of our TRAIN community being very important to us, the coming week will see us taking steps to prevent the further spread of cold, flu and the COVID-19 virus.

For the time being our group mentoring, outreach and detached sessions will be continuing to go ahead as usual, but staff will be working from home during time in between. For the upcoming week’s provision please see the timetable below. We will be updating and posting the schedule each week through staff Facebook accounts, as well as any updates on cancellations.


Further guidance on TRAIN’s response from the Trustees:
Didcot TRAIN is following government advice on how to proceed with coronavirus.

Symptoms of coronavirus include:

- A new and persistent cough

- A fever

If you are exhibiting these symptoms, please self-isolate by staying at home for 7 days

- Use NHS online for updated advice

- Phone NHS 111 if symptoms deteriorate or persist

People exhibiting symptoms will be required to leave Didcot TRAIN premises and encouraged to self-isolate


- We are ensuring our staff are informed about the latest government advice at every team meeting

- Our staff, volunteers, and young people are encouraged to regularly wash their hands using warm water and soap or hand sanitiser (with at least 60% alcohol content)

- Our staff, volunteers, and young people are encouraged to use tissues to trap bodily fluids during sneezing/coughing

Young people experiencing symptoms are also being welcomed to video call youth workers during sessions to get involved from the sofa instead!


If you have any questions on any of the above (or anything completly un-coronavirus related!), please do not hesistate to get in touch by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., through our @DidcotTRAIN Facebook page or calling 07305042427.

Take care and stay positive 🌞

Kind regards,

The TRAIN Team

Timetable 16.03.20