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Meet The Team

Young people
Young people shape what TRAIN is, and what the organisation will look like in the future. TRAIN is in contact with 350 young people in an average year and they are TRAIN’s biggest asset. We believe that programmes that are developed in partnership with young people are more likely to be effective at engaging them and, therefore, have a greater impact.

Encouraging young people in actively making decisions that affect them has increased the likelihood that the decisions will be accepted, adopted, and become part of their everyday lives.

In addition, empowering the young people of Didcot to identify and respond to community needs helps them become empathetic, reflective individuals, setting them on a course to potentially continue this important work in their future.

Over the past year young people have been attending trustee meetings, sitting on interviews panels for members of staff and volunteers, taken up work placements at TRAIN. 14 young people have completed an ILM Level 2 in Leadership and have been involved in community and social-action events.

Our young people are asked to evaluate each activity that we run. We also now undertake an annual evaluation which measures how effective TRAIN has been in helping them, and as a result we are more able to target our support for them. These results are used to formulate the forward direction of the charity and the quality of the work our youth workers bring to the young people they support.

TRAIN’s Participation Pathway

Strategic learning
TRAIN’s Participation Pathway gives young people the opportunity to engage with TRAIN at a variety of different strategic levels. It also gives them the chance to progress and gain more responsibility.

Young Ambassadors

Young Ambassadors are engaged at a strategic level. They represent TRAIN and other young people at trustee meetings, local community meetings, regional meetings and also interview volunteers and staff.

Young Leaders

Young Leaders take a leadership role in planning and delivering events or trips to benefit other young people and their community. They engage in local social action and plan their own community social action projects.

Young Volunteers

Young Volunteers are at the beginning of their additional engagement with TRAIN. They offer their time to support the Young Ambassadors and Young Leaders at events.

V-Inspired Awards

All young people are encouraged to work towards V-inspired awards to recognise their volunteering commitment.

Staff

Small but mighty
The staff team at TRAIN is small, but we work hard to support all the young people with whom we come into contact. We have weekly team meetings and regularly provide peer support to each other as an essential part of our day-to-day work. We have a wide variety of skills to draw upon, and this helps us to work to our strengths as a team.
Senior Youth Worker
Youth Work Facilitator
Youth Worker
Youth Worker
Youth Worker

Volunteers

Thank you
Our volunteers are essential to TRAIN. Without them, we would not be able to function or exist! We hugely value our volunteers and all the work they do, both behind-the-scenes and face-to-face with young people.

We have a very broad skills-base among our volunteers, and each volunteer has an important part to play within the organisation.
Youth Work Support
Youth Work Support
Youth Work Support
Youth Work Support
Youth Work Support
Transport Support
IT Support

Become a Volunteer

YOU WILL BE HELPING MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE TO YOUNG PEOPLE’S LIVES