We were delighted to vote in and welcome Laura Dennis and Luke O'Neil as new trustees of TRAIN at our Special General Meeting on 6th December. They are a great addition to our team, bringing with them many useful skills.
I originally trained as a Social Worker, but found that my real passion lay in working with young people, particularly in the charity sector. I've seen that young people can do incredible things when given the tools to do it, and someone who believes in them.
Alongside being a Trustee for TRAIN, I also work at Oxfordshire Youth as the Training Manager, creating and coordinating training programmes for young people.
I first heard about TRAIN's work through my role at Oxfordshire Youth, and now am fortunate to line manage our Lead Youth Worker, Alice, and support the great work she does.
Having been involved with youth organisations for the past 12 years, I have never ceased to be inspired by both the services and people who devote their energy to nurturing talent, encouraging aspiration and delivering opportunities to disadvantaged young people, empowering and enabling them to reach their full potential. I spend most of my time as Head of Client Services at a regional charity in the South East of England, and also as member of the Foyer Federation Quality Council, overseeing the accreditation of Young People’s accommodation and training services nationally. I first took an interest and became involved with TRAIN in September 2016 and was instantly impressed by the genuine passion and desire of all those involved with the charity to make a positive impact on the lives of young people living in Didcot and on the community as a whole.