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Tuesday, 21 January 2020 11:41

Weekly Update 21.01.20

Last week here at TRAIN was certainly packed to the brim! Highlights included:

  • One to one mentoring – Justina met with new young people at UTC she will be carrying out a series of mentoring sessions with this term.


  • Head Start – week 2 of the programme for young people at All Saints at Willowcroft Primary Schools. It was great to see the young people showing greater confidence in voicing their ideas and opinions in the group mentoring sessions compared with the prior week. This week’s topics focused on the effect of stress on the body and how it can be healthily managed, looking at the ‘emotional toolkit’. It has also been brilliant to have already received positive feedback from parents.
  • Young Men’s Group – a brilliant session with young people becoming highly engaged in discussions around the differences between banter and bullying.
  • Dinner and Debate – young people each completed Rosenberg’s self-esteem scale in Tuesday’s session, a self-esteemmeasure widely used in social-science research. Thursday then saw young people focus on the topic of abusive relationships, to support them in better understanding different forms of abuse to recognise the warning signs. One of TRAIN’s Young Leader’s also did a fantastic job supporting with the session.
  • What’s Up – another very positive session with many young people coming along for an evening of games, during which they engaged in both critical and light-hearted conversations.
  • Detached and Outreach – as well as checking key areas around the town to engage with young people out and about, detached and outreach continued to be particularly important for visiting Burger King, following ASB reports.
  • Chill out Friday – following the recent reports of ASB in the town centre, we trialed running a more relaxed, open session on Friday night. With music, games and bean bags, this aimed to offer young people a positive alternative space to spend the evening. All proved very successful, with many young people coming along. As a result we will be continuing with the session for the coming few weeks.
  • Staff also attended multi-agency meetings one of which, held with The Police, Orchard Centre and Burger King staff, supported positive collaborations to address the ASB at Burger King. Following on from our actions last month in response to the reports, TRAIN are continuing to offer 6 days a week of detached and outreach as well as added group mentoring sessions to offer young people an alternative space to socialise in. We continue to support the community but also advocate for the YP.

Additionally to flag that we are currently looking for a volunteer to support with our Young Women's Group and Detached Youth Work: 5:30-8pm fortnightly Mondays! We would love to hear from you if you feel you may be interested - for further details, or if interested in getting involved in a different aspect of our work here at TRAIN please head to: https://www.didcottrain.org.uk/how-…/volunteering-with-train or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We hope you all have great weeks and thank you as always for your support. 

Kind regards,

The TRAIN Team

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Monday, 13 January 2020 16:52

Weekly Update 13.01.2020

Dear all,

Happy New Year and we hope you all had brilliant Christmas’s. We kicked off 2020 with a busy but very positive week jumping back in to our provision, following staff taking a well deserved rest over the Christmas period. This included:

  • Young Women’s Group – young women who came along engaged very well in a session looking at the differences between banter and bullying, including the consequences of each and importance of building others up.
  • Young Men’s Group – the session’s topic of healthy relationships online led to the young men initiating conversations around online porn. A report commissioned by the NSPCC offers concrete evidence proving that children and young people are at risk of becoming ‘desensitised’ to online porn. Discussing the topic in more detail was therefore very positive for enhancing their understandings of the effects watching porn can have.
  • Detached and Outreach – staff engaged with young people around the town during usual afternoons and evenings, including dropping into Burger King to discourage ASB. As usual interactions supported staff in building relationships with young people and in keeping us aware of any matters effecting them.
  • Dinner and Debate – it was great to welcome new young people to the sessions, alongside many already known to us, this week held around healthy relationships online.
  • Head Start – Week 1 of the second 2 groups we are running the 6 week programme with, following a very successful first two programmes we ran before Christmas. This month sees us delivering the sessions in Mental Health and Wellbeing with new young people at All Saints and Willowcroft Primary Schools. All young people responded very well to Week 1’s sessions, being eager to listen and learn what the coming few weeks will have in store. It was great to receive positive feedback from teachers and parents after and we can’t wait to see how they come to grow and benefit from the programme over the coming weeks.
  • What’s Up – a number of young people attended the first group mentoring session to be delivered of Lisa’s What’s Up project, she is delivering as part of her Youth Work course at Ruskin College with fellow students Zane and Will. The plan is to use games each week to explore critical thinking and problem solving amongst those who attend.


Looking forward to Week 2 of the year and as always get in touch if you have any questions or ideas for us! Look out for monthly newsletter and in the meantime if you have any questions for us feel free to email us give us a call on 07305042427.

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