Didcot TRAIN Youth Project

Explore More Programme

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.*****