Didcot TRAIN Youth Project

Simon tells us about the support he received from one of our youth workers

Simon (not his real name) – at 14 – We met him on the streets when he used to hang out and cause anti-social behaviour. He engaged well in our service and we built a good relationship with him. Simon left school with no qualifications and his offending increased. He ended up serving a 5 month prison sentence for attempted Robbery.

We offered him intense support from his release and helped him to gradually turn his life around. We helped find work experience and Training when released. We then helped him find employment...when this didn't work out we continued to help him look for other employment. When he lost another job and he was going back to old ways we encouraged him not to give up and helped get some temporary work at ASDA. He enjoyed this and in the end was given a full-time contract from them and has since stayed out of trouble for the last 2 years. Aged 20 now his words were:

I don't know what I would have done if it weren't for Paul.