Didcot TRAIN Youth Project

Weekly Update 25.11.19

Dear all,

We hope you all had lovely weekends. To update you all on our regular delivery, the past week included:

  • Young Women’s Group – this week focused on body image, educating the young women on the importance of being mindful of advertising, considering the prevalence of airbrushing and other portrayals of perfection commonly applied.   
  • Head Start – two fantastic sessions addressing the differences between passive, assertive and aggressive behaviour and mindsets. Staff were impressed by the rapid improvements in the behaviour and focus of many of the young people from Week 1.
  • Dinner and Debate – it was very positive to see a number of new young people attend the sessions. All were very excitable and energised throughout both but had a great time socialising and engaging in the team building games. Comments received in feedback surveys completed after included having found the session ‘creative’, ‘exciting, ‘fun’ and ‘valuable’.
  • Detached – offered a good opportunity as always for interacting with young people over hot chocolate and keeping us aware of local, particularly anti-social behaviour related matters, to support our ability to address matters across our wider provision.

It was also very exciting to welcome AlterEgo Creative Solutions on Wednesday evening for their CountyLines performance currently touring schools. An incredibly powerful performance, valuable in raising understandings around the issue of County Lines and where to go for help and advice. Thank you to all the young people, parents and professionals who attended, of course AlterEgo for venturing all the way here and performing and Thames Valley Police for flagging the opportunity to us.

We also enjoyed delivering assemblies to each Year Group at Didcot Girl’s School throughout the week - a great opportunity to spread the word about TRAIN and help us become more recognisable to young people who come to meet us on the streets during detached and outreach sessions. Thanks you DGS for having us!

Also in case you have noticed the new boards up covering our office windows, they have been put in place to ensure our windows are safe and secure, whilst we wait for new ones! You can still get in touch with us by calling 01235 519 315, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through our @Didcot TRAIN Facebook and Twitter pages. Thursday’s Street Fair will offer another good opportunity if you have any questions as we will have an information stand in the Methodist Church, in addition to stalls outside Neater Dry Cleaners and our office with Christmas gifts to buy and a much loved tombola - which we welcome donations for!

We hope you all have great weeks and fun at the Street Fair on Thursday if you are going along!

Kind regards,

The TRAIN team

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