Where to start! The half-term holiday was packed to the brim here at TRAIN. We offered a number of different activities for young people to get involved in across the week, to support the development of invaluable life-skills, offer positive alternatives to more anti-social behaviour many may otherwise be inclined to partake in and simply as opportunities to have a bit of fun!
Alongside our regular sessions, added trips and positive activities included:
- Youlbury Scouts Adventure Centre – young people who have taken part in our Head Start programme at Willowcroft and All Saints Primary Schools since the new year joined us for a morning of crate stacking! The activity clearly exemplified the progressions each have made over the weeks in their journeys of self-confidence – it was fantastic to see all having a go and working as a team throughout.
- Retreat Afternoon – a number of the young people who had taken part in the morning’s crate stacking stayed on for a more relaxed afternoon focused around mindfulness. All loved trying out various techniques to cultivate mental spaciousness and calmness, from arts and crafts to meditation.
- Revolution Revolt Trampolining – those who have been coming along to What’s Up sessions run since January were treated to a trip to Bicester’s trampolining centre. All thoroughly enjoyed it and stayed on afterwards for their last session of what proved to be a very successful, really well received programme. A big thank you to Lisa and her fellow Ruskin students Zane and Will for running the programme as part of their course!
- Ice-skating – Young Men’s group were very excited to get the train into Oxford on the Thursday for an afternoon of ice-skating. Having raised the funds for the trip themselves from an afternoon of fundraising at Didcot’s Tesco store on Saturday, it was so great to see their hard work pay off and the sense of achievement all gained from it. A huge thank you to Darren as well for your amazing support on the day, and also to all who donated whilst doing their weekend shopping!
- Mosaic Workshop – thank you to Soha Housing, Creating ARTand Cornerstone for kindly putting on a workshop for young people engaging at TRAIN Friday morning. It was a great way of demonstrating the enjoyment and reward that can be gained from getting creative, young people creating colourful tiled leaves to be merged into a giant mosaic tree.
- Social Action for Mind – Charlotte and Harry were joined by a number of a young people Saturday afternoon to raise awareness of charity Mind and the valuable support it can offer for those struggling with their mental health. Well done to all who got involved!
We are hugely pleased with how the week went and seeing the young people making the most of the opportunities and enjoying themselves so much was really very rewarding to see.
This week will see us continuing with our regular detached, outreach and mentoring sessions. This will include meeting a number of new young people for 1:1 mentoring and beginning our Head Start programme with two new groups of young people at Aureus and Stephen Freeman Primary Schools!
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. We hope you all have great weeks.
The TRAIN Team