Didcot TRAIN Youth Project

Police and Crime Commissioner’s Early Intervention Youth Fund

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.

We liaise with schools, CSPs and other partners to target those young people who do not easily engage with mainstream provision but nevertheless are vulnerable and at risk of education failure, crime, CSE, alcohol and substance abuse and other risky behaviours.

The Thames Valley Early Intervention Youth Fund programme is managed and overseen by the Office of the PCC with partner organisations assisting on the delivery and monitoring of individual projects at a local level.

Matthew Barber, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner said ““Given the recent increase in knife crime, we need to look at what more we can do to protect young people from violence and exploitation and how we can work even more closely in partnership with both statutory and community organisations to try to reverse this trend.

“I hope that these projects we’ve funded will help tackle this issue by working with young people at both ends of the spectrum of youth violence; from early intervention programmes to identify and support those at risk of involvement in knife crime, gangs or drug dealing to supporting those young people already involved; helping them turn their lives around through intensive support and skills training.

“I believe that projects such as these make a real difference to the lives of individuals and communities as a whole and I look forward to seeing these activities progress over the coming months.””