TRAIN’s Trustees are taking the coronavirus outbreak very seriously. Intending to maintain delivery as much as possible, we must also abide by our duty of care to our employees and the young people TRAIN supports.
Considering the updated government guidelines, the decision has been made to pause all face to face delivery for the time being. All provision is instead being run virtually, including former group sessions and also with added new opportunities. This will ensure staff can continue to reach out to young people and vice versa in this unsettling time for them.
We recommend suggesting to all young people who would like to get involved in our activities to add the Youth Worker team’s professional accounts on Facebook and Instagram, who run all of the various provisions.
Facebook: @JustinaTRAIN @LisaTRAIN @CharlotteTRAIN @HarryTRAIN
Instagram: @charlottedidcottrain @lisadidcottrain @justina.train @harry.train.7568
They are also very welcome to give Youth Worker’s a call in through their working hours:
Justina: 07458306360 Charlotte: 07458306361 Harry: 07458306359 Lisa: 07458306357
An example timetable can be found below but this is updated weekly and posted through our @DidcotTRAIN Facebook page.
Instead of our detached youth work we are offering ‘Virtual Hangouts’ to give young people the opportunity to contact staff if they would like 1:1 chats or to join in with positive group conversations with peers. Example activities we have then been continuing to offer through digital sessions include:
– Participation activities
– Interactive games
– Virtual Arts and Crafts
– Guided mindfulness and relaxation
– Facebook and Instagram lives and much more
We also have spaces available for FREE 1:1 Virtual Mentoring sessions for 11-18 year olds living in Didcot, Harwell or attending a Didcot school – weekly sessions over a 6 week period per young person. Please click here for further information on how to make a referral.
We will also be continuing to post weekly updates and our monthly newsletter through our News page to keep you updated on how things are going and the opportunities we have available. If you would like to receive email notifications for these please do get in touch to be added to our mailing list or subscribe by scrolling to the bottom of our homepage!
Explore More 2020 has also been postponed due to the travel restrictions in place and insurance implications. TRAIN will seek to schedule alternative dates once circumstances change.
The Trustees are continuing to follow government advice as well as listening to other youth charities in Oxfordshire, actively seeking to minimise risk for each aspect of delivery. In the meantime, please do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions at all in regards to any of the above by: emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 07458306358 or messaging us through Facebook @DidcotTRAIN.
We do hope you are all keeping well through these difficult circumstances and encourage you to please spread the word to support us in reaching out to as many young people as we can in the area. Take care.Charlo