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Who We are

TRAX was set up in 1992 in response to joyriding which was rife on Oxfordshire estates. 

The idea was to provide an alternative to a custodial sentence for young car offenders where they could follow their interest in motor vehicles in a positive and constructive project. The idea worked and TRAX helped to reduce car offending by 40% in the areas it had an active presence.

Out of this work developed early intervention for young people ‘at risk’ of offending and 25 years later our provision has developed extensively so we now work with many groups of disadvantaged, marginalised  and vulnerable young people.

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TRAX runs courses to engage young people aged 13 – 18 years old in Oxfordshire. We aim to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour, crime and negative activities and encourage the personal, social and educational development of all young people who come to our project so they become positive and active members of their communities.

Our Vision
  • Improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in Oxfordshire
  • Deliver high quality training to ‘hard to reach’ young people
  • Offer courses which are attractive to young people and relevant to the job market
  • Help young people move on to gain further education, training and employment
  • Identify and work with marginalised groups
  • Develop our staff and volunteers
  • Change lives in a measurable way

EXPERIENCE

These are the issues we are addressing here at TRAX

  • Lack of skills, education, confidence, work experience and aspirations and therefore a lack of opportunities for disadvantaged groups of young people
  • Unemployment and unhealthy lifestyles that can include drug and alcohol misuse, obesity, eating disorders and mental health issues
  • Truancy and young people who are either on the verge of or have been excluded from school who have a negative view of authoritative figures and education
  • Young people from areas of deprivation and disadvantaged groups with complex issues that are preventing them from progressing, including family problems, housing issues, being a young parent, carer, having learning difficulties or disabilities or leaving care
  • Youth anti-social behaviour and crime
  • A lack of provision for young people after school and during the holidays

We work with approximately 350 young people per year and offer a range of qualifications in mechanics, gardening, catering, issue based group work, literacy and numeracy, IT, life skills and team building. We also offer individual support to help young people overcome their often complex barriers to progressing and we have helped many go on to further education, training and employment. We also offer a free and healthy breakfast and lunch, positive motorsport activities and for our older students the opportunity to work in The TRAX Social Enterprise.