The team at Didcot Train supports, develops and empowers young people aged 11-18, particularly those who are going through a tough time and those who engage in antisocial behaviour. They work with young people independently, through schools and local community groups in Didcot to encourage them to reach their full potential and gain confidence and skills to improve their wellbeing and make positive life choices.
Working closely with young people to ensure they get the support they need and then get involved in designing and developing their programmes means there are higher participation and success rates, allowing them to better respond to their needs. Some of the activities and services on offer are one to one and group mentoring, various themed group sessions, residentials, D&A and other risky behavioural awareness raising, personal development sessions, art tutorials and sports.
Restrictions brought about by the pandemic meant all face to face activities were initially restricted and then postponed. Funding from the NET Coronavirus Appeal, through the Oxfordshire Community Foundation, helped the team to continue to support young people most at risk by moving mentoring, youth work, workshops and other activities online. The financial support meant they could set up a new website and digital platform to host one-to-one hangout sessions, mindfulness classes, virtual dinner, debates and quizzes to support young people during the difficulties and changes to their normal routines.