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Our work in the community
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We support charities in a variety of ways – gift-in-kind contributions to our national charity of choice and employee fundraising, volunteering, and collections at our stations.
Barnardo’s, the UK’s leading children’s charity, has been chosen by Network Rail’s employees as their ‘charity of choice’ until March 2019.
Barnardo’s mission is to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children. Poverty, homelessness, disability, abuse, family problems with drugs and alcohol, looking after a sick parent, exclusion from education, going into care, leaving care, youth unemployment – whatever problem a child may face in the UK today, Barnardo’s is there to help.
The charity runs over 1,000 services based in local communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, protecting and supporting more than 240,000 disadvantaged children, young people and their families each year.
The work we do is tough. We work with the most vulnerable children and young people in society and play a vital role in transforming their lives for the better. Our partnership with Network Rail will raise awareness, generate funding and provide support for young people in their journey to a better future.
Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan
At Network Rail, social performance is an integral part of our commitment to sustainability. In April 2016 we launched our new social performance strategy, which focuses our work into two key themes: Caring for Communities and Improving the Passenger Experience.
Our partnership with Barnardo’s will focus on engaging staff in volunteering opportunities, supporting local communities and the charity’s work; employee fundraising and payroll giving.
As a company we are doing a lot to improve how we engage and work with the communities surrounding the railway. This partnership will give hope to young people by offering them support.
Mark Carne, chief executive at Network Rail
In addition to supporting our national charity of choice, employees working on;our
eight routes organise their own fundraising and volunteering activities for local charities in their areas.
To help make this possible, all our people are entitled to up to five days’ volunteer leave to help UK registered charities and Network Rail led community engagement activity such as our community safety work, early engagement and Community Rail work.
In 2015/16, our people spent more than 11,511 hours working as volunteers on a wide variety of charitable or community engagement work. Our people have been volunteering at hospices, charities for homeless or disabled people, as STEM support in schools, at heritage railways and for environmental charities, among other examples.
If you’re part of a charity that could benefit from volunteers time, we would be interested in working with you to promote the opportunities available to our people.
Another important way we support charities is by encouraging charities to hold cash collections at the stations that we
own and manage free of charge. These include the biggest and busiest stations in Britain (see list of stations > here). If you‘re a registered charity and would like to hold a cash collection at one of our stations, please follow these steps:
Please make sure we receive your application at least eight weeks before the planned collection date. We’ll acknowledge it within 10 working days.
If you’re looking to hold a promotional activity at one of our stations (including flyers, leafleting, events, stands and stalls) please contact Space and People who manage this type of activity for us, email NetworkRail@spaceandpeople.co.uk
If you have a query or would like to find out more about our charitable giving, please email email@example.com