TRAIN was set up back in 2002 by Churches Together in Didcot & District for the young people of the town. Paul, our 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 us as Lead Youth Worker in 2016.
The early years of TRAIN were about 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; and trips, activities, a football project and in-school mentoring, all of which have gone from strength to strength and continue to this day.
In 2008 TRAIN opened an office in the town centre, which improved its profile within the local community and has enabled young people to seek the support of the youth workers and volunteers on a regular basis. And we’re still here!
Check out our ‘What we do’ pages to find out what Alice and our volunteers 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.