Didcot TRAIN Youth Project

Our Supporters

TRAIN was registered as a charity in 2002. It was set-up by Churches Together in Didcot and District with a substantial grant from the Lankelly Foundation. Ongoing funding is provided by, South Oxfordshire District Council and Didcot Town Council, the churches and many other grant giving bodies such as Children In Need and Thames Valley Police. Over the years we have also received funding from other grant making bodies, local businesses and individuals. We are continually seeking new funding sources so that the young people will continue to benefit.

We have listed our main sponsors here under either Core Funding, or Project Funding. The categorisation depends on how specific the funding given is for a specific purpose and the inclusion of a sponsor in one category should not be taken as exclusive. Full detail of funding and funders is set out in our annual reports.

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Didcot TRAIN Youth Project was formed by Churches Together in Didcot and District and receives funding from a number of the churches.

South Oxfordshire District Council provides both core detached and project funding. SODC also provides our office in the centre of Didcot.

Early support from the Town Council was key in helping secure other funding when we started TRAIN and they continue to be brilliant supporters of our work. 

SOHA Housing have been fantastic supporters of our work over the years, including funding a large degree of our leadership development work. This has enabled a number of young people to be able to attend Oxfordshire Youth's Young Leaders Course. This is a 3-day residential with a great mix of activities and exercises in order to develop leadership, team working, confidence and self-esteem. It is often the first time young people have been away from home so we ensure to support any of the attendees depending on their needs. The course has great benefits in making a difference to those who participates outlooks on life and their potential to achieve.  

We are also most grateful to SOHA for sponsoring our Annual Celebration Events, where we celebrate the achievements of the young people we have worked with over the year.  

The Community Safety Partnership (CSP) provides both detached, mentoring and project funding.

Thanks to funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner we have been able to appoint the equivalent of a full time youth worker to deliver detached and outreach activity, connecting young people in Didcot with TRAINs mentoring and youth participation programmes. This comes under support from The Early Intervention Youth Fund, the PCC awarding £800,000 to 14 organisations across the Thames Valley to deliver projects to tackle youth violence, knife crime and exploitation.

Focuses of the funding through our work include:

  • Engaging young people through outreach activity in known ASB hot spots
  • Signposting into and extending provision of our 1:1 mentoring programme
  • Involving young people in positive social action and community activity, building resilience and unlocking access to wider support resources and opportunities through positive community participation.

The Angus Lawson Memorial Trust are funding both one to one and group mentoring work, making a significant contribution to the lives of the young people we interact with. 

BBC Children In Need supports our life skill group mentoring delivery, focused on three main areas: