Didcot TRAIN Youth Project

Volunteering with TRAIN

The TRAIN volunteer application form can be found HERE

Being a TRAIN volunteer means that you will be supporting some of Didcot's most vulnerable and marginalised young people whilst actively engaging them back into the community. Here at TRAIN we are incredibly flexible in the ways in which you wish to volunteer for us, whether it be utlilising your skills and knowledge in a specific area, looking to develop in a new area or simply just to volunteer and meet new people!

Areas in which past volunteers have supported TRAIN have included:

  • Offering strategic support
  • Doing Youth Work sessions including, specific youth programs, football sessions, holiday programs, workshops, detached and outreach, Attending residential weekend
  • Catering TRAIN events 
  • Driving a mini bus 
  • Maintain our office IT
  • Project management
  • Acting as Trustees

As you can see, there is scope to be part of TRAIN in many different ways and as a result, we offer fantastic opportunities for personal and professional development. 

 

CURRENT POSITIONS

We are currently particuarly in need of support with our Detached and Outreach Youth Work from approximetly 2-4pm and/or 7:30-9pm Fridays - Role Description 

Please see additional current positions available below, but please also feel free to complete our volunteer applicaiton form if you have other skills you feel could benefit our work (e.g. admin, maintenance, sport etc) or are not fully sure what aspect of our work you would like to support with just yet!

Volunteer Youth Support Workers - Detached and Outreach Youth Work - Role Description 

Volunteer Youth Support Worker - Participation Pathway and Social Action - Role Description 

Volunteer SO Charitable Lottery Administrator Role Description

Volunteer Facilitator - Volunteer Officer - 1 position available - Role Description 

Volunteer Fundraising Officer - as many as we can get! - Role Description  

 

                                                  VOLUNTEER PROCESS

We have a straightforward process which involves:

1. Completing our volunteer application form

2. An informal interview to discuss your availability, skills, experience, interests and how you can support TRAIN

3. Reference check 

3. Beginning the DBS procedure to ensure you can work with or around young people and adults

4. Trial session 

5. Assuming all goes well up to this point we'll then assign you to a session! 

 

We also offer workshop sessions delivered by our lead youth worker around models of youth work, challenging behaviour, safeguarding and drugs and alcohol so that our volunteers are up to speed with the latest policies and guidelines in the world of youth work. 

For every volunteer who works with us for more than 30 hours we will happily give a reference. 

The TRAIN volunteer application form can be found HERE

People who come forward to help with TRAIN do so because they believe in the value of our young people and they have a desire to see them making the best of themselves and living fulfilling lives. Our volunteers are from many different backgrounds and vary widely in age range, but each one makes a unique contribution to the charity and enables it to keep going year after year.

 

Volunteer Testomonies 

Please read on find what made some of our volunteers come on board.

Being a part of TRAIN has been so rewarding; I always come home with a smile on my face. It's amazing the impact you can have with young people simply by treating them with the same level of respect and kindness that you'd expect to be treated with yourself. Their home circumstances, their age, or their background shouldn't make them any less deserving of that — TRAIN understands that. At TRAIN, they're not excluded, they're not "different", or "trouble" or "insignificant". At TRAIN they belong and they matter. That's worth everything."

 

Being a part of TRAIN has been so rewarding; I always come home with a smile on my face. It's amazing the impact you can have with young people simply by treating them with the same level of respect and kindness that you'd expect to be treated with yourself. Their home circumstances, their age, or their background shouldn't make them any less deserving of that — TRAIN understands that. At TRAIN, they're not excluded, they're not "different", or "trouble" or "insignificant". At TRAIN they belong and they matter. That's worth everything."

I have always loved working with young people and it's so refreshing to find a charitable organisation that makes it easy to get involved and stuck in, with loads of flexibility around the activities you can volunteer for, and ways you can contribute. 

The team at TRAIN are incredible, especially with the young people. It's so inspiring to see the level of respect these kids have for the youth workers — a total testament to the work the team put in, the genuine care they have for each and every young person, and the strong relationships and trust that they forge. 

 Volunteering for TRAIN is fun, worthwhile, gratifying, challenging and amazing. The young people are wonderful and it feels so good when we’re recognised and accepted. We continue to develop our skills working closely with the youth workers. TRAIN is expanding and we will be with them all the way for many years to come. 

"I am involved because I enjoy working with young people. I think that their energy and enthusiasm should be encouraged as we try to help them to find out who they are and what their special contribution to this world will be!"

"I used to hang around the streets of Didcot when I was a teenager and I know people who have changed their life for the better and those who haven't. This makes me want to help young people to change themselves for the better"

"I have always been involved in customer service in some way at work due to my open and easy going communication style. I enjoy meeting people and helping them to unpack their problems in search of finding workable solutions"

"TRAIN helped my little brother in the past and I would like to give back"

"I'm excited about working with youth in Didcot. I hope that over time I can develop meaningful relationships with them and make a difference in their lives"

"I grew up around drugs and a mostly absent father. I would like to be able to help those in a similar place in life"

Support Us

If you would like to support our work please consider joining our growing group of supporters who regularly contribute to our funds.

You can do this easily, just take a look at our donate page.

Or, if you have spare time we are always looking for volunteers to help us work with young people but if you don't feel that is your thing we need halp in many other ways too.