The volunteer workforce are essential to TRAIN and the work it does, without them we would not be able to function or exist! We really value our volunteer workforce and all the work that they do behind the scenes and face to face with the young people.
We also have a wide ranging skill base in our volunteer workforce and each volunteer has an important part to play within TRAIN.
Paul came to speak at my church in October 2013 and that's how I first became involved with TRAIN. I go into the Boys School once a week and I love it! Working with young people is one of the most rewarding activities I do in my life; being with them and listening to them, is the reason I get up in the morning. I am looking forward to the future and volunteering in some of the other areas TRAIN works in.
Hayden has been volunteering as a detached volunteer for 4 year. He primarily volunteers on the football projects. He said Volunteering for TRAIN is good fun, and its giving back to the town and working towards something bigger and better, and I get to be a part of that: that's the main reason for me turning up each week. Plus, I get to play football with some great players and interesting characters... What's not to like!
Noora has been volunteering in a Strategic Support role since March 2016. She has offered hundreds of hours of work to strengthen TRAIN's policies and procedures. She has also been a strong ambassador for TRAIN, meeting many different local community groups to look at ways in which we can collaborate.
Martin has been volunteering with TRAIN for many years. He has supported TRAIN by being the man in the know when it comes to IT. He has spent many hours setting up new PCs and laptops and is always at the end of the phone to ask if we have turned it off and on again.
Jonathan has been volunteering with TRAIN for many years. He has supported many trips out by driving the minibus, often giving up hours of time and even supporting residentals.
Jenny came on board with TRAIN four years ago on the management committee, she really believed in the excellent work that the charity does with young people in the town. She had worked in Uganda for a number of years working on Child Rights issues and now works in Oxford as a lawyer. She has a passion for seeing young people fulfill their potential.
Lindsay-Dee has been volunteering for train since april 2017
She will be getting involved by helping with the detached sessions, gender group, and the youth work facilitator. She use to come to TRAIN a few years ago for support herself as a teenager and found it very helpful. The youth workers were friendly and easy to talk to.