We hope you are all keeping well and were all able to enjoy the nice weather last week, even if just for your daily exercise outing.
TRAINwise we have been continuing to experiment with a range of activities for young people through social media, aiming to offer something for everyone! Our regular sessions and ‘virtual hangouts’ over last week included:
- Participation - thank you to all the young people who shared their thoughts and votes for potential themes for the new website being built behind the scenes for TRAIN!
- An art competition run for Earth Day, which it has been brilliant to have entries coming in for - raising awareness of the day’s important message of caring for our planet and the simple ways we can do so.
- Instagram poll’s were posted for Lunch & Debate sessions to spark conversations around a number of controversial topics (e.g. should animal testing be banned? Is social media a positive thing?). We received really positive engagement for these, with young people voting and posting their thoughts. Being anonymous, the polls offer the good opportunity for those who are perhaps usually less confident opening up before others to do so.
- Young Men’s Group had a very successful gaming session, a number of young people tuning in and enjoying the hour.
- More Kahoots quizzes - including one challenging young people on their citizenship knowledge!
In addition, we continued check-ins in with young people on a one to one basis to check they are doing ok throughout the lockdown period, as well as continuing our weekly structured sessions with those engaged on our one to one mentoring programmes. As we have a number of FREE spaces available for the programme, if you are aware of a young person who this may benefit, further information can be found on our Mentoring page. We welcome referrals from professionals and parents as well as young people themselves.
Another very exciting notice is that we are now opening up our provision to 11-18 year olds from Harwell as well as Didcot (or attending a Didcot school), so we welcome you to spread the word!
It was also a pleasure to be invited onto Radio Oxford’s Breakfast Show last Thursday ahead of Children in Need and Comic Relief’s Big Night In BBC 1. Justina has a great chat with Jerome Sale about CiN’s fantastic support in funding a number of TRAIN’s sessions, alongside various ways of supporting us. For a listen back head to bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0 and scroll to 2:42. TRAIN’s Chair Brian will also be speaking on the Kat Orman show this Thursday morning if you would like a listen!
To see our timetable for the week ahead please head to our @DidcotTRAIN Facebook page and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions for us, or wish to be added to our mailing list for reminders of our Weekly Updates and/or monthly newsletters.
Thank you for reading and take care.
The TRAIN Team
We hope you all had restful Easter weekends, or a past few days filled to the brim with chocolate if you have been working hard as a key worker.
The Youth Work team have been continuing to use a range of forms of engagement to keep young people uplifted over their very different to usual Easter breaks - from art tutorials to quizzes, video gaming and invitations to online sessions. One to one check-ins and mentoring have also been valuable for offering advice and encouraging young people in pursuing interests and hobbies around their school work. Across the week for example this included supportive discussions around sleep and relaxation in Young Women's Group and some virtual 1:1 sports coaching!
A reminder that we are now accepting referrals for free virtual 1:1 mentoring sessions for young people aged 11-18 living in Didcot or attending a Didcot School, so we encourage you to head to our Mentoring page for more information if interested.
Please see our timetable for the current week below, which will see us continuing to offer regular opportunities for young people to gain support, interact in a positive space with peers and engage in some light hearted fun. Please spread the word! As always, if you have any questions or ideas for us, or wish to be added to our mailing list for reminders of our Weekly Updates and/or monthly newsletters, please do get in touch.
Thank you all and take care.
The TRAIN Team
It has certainly been an unexpected past few weeks, with us having to swiftly adapt to the current circumstances, but they have equally brought much positivity to reflect on. For an overview of all the term has brought, please have a read of our latest newsletter.
Today marks a sad day as we say goodbye to Alice! Having been with TRAIN for the past 4 years, it really won’t be the same without her.
Coming into the charity as the only Youth Worker, she has gone above and beyond to build it up to the team of 6 we are today, to whom she has been a wonderful leader as Director of Youth Work Services. Whilst doing so, she has never failed to always put the young people first. From designing numerous holiday programmes to the mammoth planning involved in the France residentials, alongside expanding our regular programme of mentoring and detached work, she has created countless opportunities to inspire and empower Didcot’s young people. We can’t thank her enough for her dedication.
You will be greatly missed not only by us, but by Didcot as a whole! Although we are very sad to lose her, we wish her the all best in her new role at Ark T where we know she is going to inspire many many more 🌟