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.
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.
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: