TRAIN was set up back in 2002 by Churches Together in Didcot & District for the young people of the town. Paul, TRAIN's first full-time youth worker was appointed in September 2002, and joined by Karen in 2010. The youth work of TRAIN is now led by Alice, who joined as Lead Youth Worker in 2016.
The early years of TRAIN were focused on establishing youth work in Didcot, delivering detached youth work on the streets and responding to the needs of the young people with whom we interacted. This led to programmes including: running a youth-club on one estate; a project called Restart, which involved intensive mentoring of ex-young offenders over a period of two years; trips, activities, a football project and in-school mentoring. Over the years we have gone from strength to strength, continuing to offer a wide range of support to ensure we are accessible to as many young people in the town as possible.
In 2008 we opened an office in the town centre, which improved TRAIN's profile within the local community and has enabled young people to seek the support of the staff team (now of 6) and volunteers on a regular basis. And we’re still here!
Check out our ‘What we do’ pages to find out what we are now running with and for the young people involved with TRAIN.
TRAIN continues to look for new opportunities and new models of working with young people in the future. We’d love to hear from you if you have any ideas.