Didcot TRAIN Youth Project

Head Start Programme

We have been working with the towns young people since 2002. Over the last few years we have noticed the importance of working with the lower range of our age range of 11 to 18.

As a result we have created a new programme called Head Start. The mentoring programmes are intended to be an early intervention programme where TRAIN works on a group basis with the young people to address various issues.

We are very excited to be launching our Head Start programme in primary schools around the town but we are also offering the progamme as an open programme (any young person can attend as long as they live or go to school in Didcot or are in year 6 and 7). You will however need to sign your young person up to this programme before they attend.

These will take place on Wednesdays 6:00pm till 7:00pm at our TRAIN office. To sign up please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Head Start Programme has three separate 6 week options:

-Promoting Wellbeing and Exploring Mental Health – providing the opportunity for the young people to explore the topics of wellbeing, managing stress by looking after yourself, recognising feelings, the effect of food and sleep on mood and healthy friendships.

-Positive Behaviour in Schools – providing the opportunity for the young people to explore the topics of their support network, role models and reputations, passive, assertive, aggressive, understanding and managing anger and exploring the young people’s relationship with school.

-Team Building and Self-Esteem – providing the young people the opportunity to explore the topics of self-esteem, ‘Snap-It Challenge’, building communication skills, assertiveness, and sense of self.

The closing sessions for all three programs is focused on reaching out, the young people’s social and professional support networks, gathering feedback and reflecting upon the things they have learnt over the past few weeks. We will also give the young people the opportunity to sign up to our new Yr 6 and 7 Dinner and Debate sessions. There may be a possibility for the young people to have the opportunity to go on a high-ropes course afternoon trip dependent on funding and the young people’s engagement in the program.

After completing the programme, the child will be awarded with a certificate, which they will be encouraged to collect at TRAIN’s Annual Celebration Event held in February.

Before we can begin group mentoring with the young people you would like to put forward for the program, we would also need you to ensure that the consent form has been completed by their parent/guardian and that this is returned to us prior to the start date of the program.

We are really excited to start this programme and we hope it will benefit you and your young people. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.