TRAIN provides support for the young people in Didcot, particularly those aged 14 to 18, who tend to hang around the streets. A ‘detached’ youth worker is employed to go out, with one or two volunteers, and meet these teenagers. They get to know them, listen, and try to understand any of their needs. They then offer support with solving any problems and put them in contact with any relevant services. They also find out what the teenagers like doing and offer ways in which they can develop interests in their leisure time.
TRAIN organises activities for the young people from time to time. Several activities have been organised so far including football matches, BMX and skateboard competitions, and baby-sitting training.
TRAIN was set up as a charity by Churches Together in Didcot and District. The charity is managed by a group of trustees who oversee the running of TRAIN, and are elected at an AGM of members. There is also a management committee with members responsible for the overall work of the detached youth worker. One of these supervises the youth worker on a day-to-day basis.
Find out more about current activities at http://www.didcottrain.org.uk/