We run a variety of different projects with young people in Didcot. These projects and activities are successful because the young people we work with want them.
We offer 5 weekly group mentoring sessions based on educating young people of various topics which may be of relevance to them in a group setting. The group environment works really well for strengthening the confidence of those attending in communicating with others, voicing their views and generally learning about how to communicate in a collaborative, respectful manner, being able to bounce ideas off one another.
Explore More is a once in a life-time trip to the South of France to engage in a week-long residential programme like no other. This is an intensive personal development programme for the young people. Young people will be doing 4 hours of farm work each day of the residential following instructions from the international team, developing crucial communication skills and also experiencing how hard it is to do a low-paying manual job each day. In addition to the work, the young people have the opportunity to experience some magical moments which will also involve a high level of physical activity.
Detached youth work is as a unique and radical way of working with young people that has been at the heart of TRAIN since its creation. Detached youth work differs from the traditional youth club in that instead of young people coming to us we go out to them and engage with them wherever they choose to meet.
TRAIN delivers mentoring schemes that are tailored to support young people within the Didcot area aged 11 – 18 who are in need of weekly support, for a set period of time. Our programme empowers young people to make better life choices, promotes better self-esteem and encourages them to reach their full potential. The young people are referred to TRAIN by a number of different agencies, including local schools, social servicies and/or other local partners.
TRAIN has for a number of years delivered a weekly football project that seeks to give young people the opportunity to do something constructive in their spare time whilst also promoting a healthy lifestyle. The young people learn teamwork skills and how to manage potential conflict, in a safe, fun and positive environment.
We run positive activities in Didcot and trips further afield for young people, which are targeted at those who we have been working with on the streets and in the schools. These young people will be vulnerable in their leisure time and these activities are aimed at reducing the risk for them.