We hope you are keeping well considering things at the moment. With the increasingly stringent government guidelines, TRAIN’s Trustees came to the decision last week to pause all face to face aspects of our delivery for the time being, abiding by their duty of care to staff and the young people TRAIN supports.
In order to ensure staff can continue to reach out to young people and vice versa, for now we have made the switch to running all provision virtually - please see our current programme below. It is obviously a learning process adjusting to this online format, but we were really pleased by the engagement we came to have across the week.
Staff largely focused on checking in with young people, considering the huge change in lifestyle each are facing. Over the week many conversations were held with young people and a range of tools experimented with, from games to group chats, to explore what engagement methods and activities are of most interest to them. Live social media videos proved to be particularly great for running a number of activities including:
Digital platforms also have their benefit in enabling Justina to continue one to one mentoring sessions with a number of the young people she has been working with at UTC. We hope to take up a number more for sessions over the coming few weeks also.
We look forward to the coming week to plan more bits and pieces for the young people to look forward to.
If you have any questions about what we will be offering online for the week ahead, please do get in touch. Otherwise, thank you as ever for your support. It has been so brilliant to see the sense of community that has grown throughout this period so far, from all working to bring out the positive in the negative!
The TRAIN Team
It was really positive to have a busy, energised week of provision last week. Highlights included:
Considering the strange circumstances we are currently experiencing and the health and safety of our TRAIN community being very important to us, the coming week will see us taking steps to prevent the further spread of cold, flu and the COVID-19 virus.
For the time being our group mentoring, outreach and detached sessions will be continuing to go ahead as usual, but staff will be working from home during time in between. For the upcoming week’s provision please see the timetable below. We will be updating and posting the schedule each week through staff Facebook accounts, as well as any updates on cancellations.
Further guidance on TRAIN’s response from the Trustees:
Didcot TRAIN is following government advice on how to proceed with coronavirus.
Symptoms of coronavirus include:
- A new and persistent cough
- A fever
If you are exhibiting these symptoms, please self-isolate by staying at home for 7 days
- Use NHS online for updated advice
- Phone NHS 111 if symptoms deteriorate or persist
People exhibiting symptoms will be required to leave Didcot TRAIN premises and encouraged to self-isolate
- We are ensuring our staff are informed about the latest government advice at every team meeting
- Our staff, volunteers, and young people are encouraged to regularly wash their hands using warm water and soap or hand sanitiser (with at least 60% alcohol content)
- Our staff, volunteers, and young people are encouraged to use tissues to trap bodily fluids during sneezing/coughing
Young people experiencing symptoms are also being welcomed to video call youth workers during sessions to get involved from the sofa instead!
Take care and stay positive 🌞
The TRAIN Team
We hope you have all had great weekends. To offer an update on last week here at TRAIN, sessions across the past few days have included:
We hope the coming week is a positive one for you all. Please get in touch if you have any questions for us over the coming days or if you would like to be added to our mailing list for reminders of the weekly update and/or monthly newsletter.
The TRAIN Team
After a big half-term week of positive activities, last week saw us reset for the upcoming term, continuing with our regular provision timetable. This included:
This week will see us continuing with our usual schedule which you are all, as always, very welcome to get in touch with us regarding if you have any questions.
We hope you all have enjoyable weeks!
The TRAIN Team