Didcot TRAIN Youth Project



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.

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. 

The young people will be taxied to the airport together with three of our youth work staff, where Young people will take off to Southern France. For the vast majority of the young people, this will be their first time ever on an aeroplane or abroad. The venue is at the foot of the beautiful Pyrenees Mountains. The activities will include swimming in the sea. Scuba diving in the deep pool. This is quite a rarity in terms of being available as an outdoor activity. Canyoning which requires courage as it is sliding down rocks into the river or jumping into it off rocks and small waterfalls. Mountaineering is the pinnacle of the residential and everything that is done throughout the course of the week is actually aimed at building up to it. The climb will initially be up unmade dirt roads which lead to narrow pathways. The Young People will need to build a camp at 2000m above sea level and to sleep out in cold temperatures. Young people will then rise at 5am to walk to the summit for sunrise. 

It can be imagined what a fantastic feeling of achievement and self-pride the young people will have upon completing such a residential trip. 

 Please get in touch with us as soon as possible and submit one of our referral forms (see attached) to our team to secure your places as we have limited time to complete paperwork such as passport applications and applications for EHIC cards.

The main aim of the programme is to give young people that may not have had to opportunity to travel or young people that may be demonstrating changing behaviour and ASB and are close or are at risk of exclusion. We will then work with them on life goals once away with the aim to set them on a new path on returning to the UK. We will support them with this through 1:1 mentoring sessions at TRAIN. 

***** We currently are taking referrals for our Explore More Programme. Please note that there are limited spaces based on people's eligibility for the programme please fill in the attached referral form. There is no cost to young people and their family's or to the school, it is all completely free. The Explore More programme will be taking place from the 23rd September till 30th September 2018.*****

Detached Youth Work

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.

We currently go out on the streets three nights a week building trusting relationships and drawing alongside young people, in an open and non-judgemental manner to support them in any way we can.  Sometimes all we can offer is a listening ear, other times we can provide information and advice on particular issues.  Working with other local organisations we can also signpost young people to various opportunities and resources.

Throughout history detached youth work has focused on the value of informal learning through conversation and dialogue.  We encourage young people to talk about the issues that are most relevant to them.  This could include anything from their interests and hobbies to drugs and alcohol or politics and relationships.  In exploring these topics we encourage young people to voice their views and challenge them to explore their values, attitudes and actions in relation to the world around them.  As relationships develop we can begin to see the real needs of young people and work with them to meet these needs. This could be setting up a 5-aside football team or even helping them preparing for a job interview.  We have to be flexible and respond to the ever changing situations.


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.