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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.
The charity of choice partnership is the most high profile Network Rail charity relationship. Chosen by our people, the charity is a common cause that can be supported right across the business. We have had successful partnerships with Cancer Research UK and NSPCC, Action for Children and most recently CLIC Sargent which will be our Charity of Choice until September 2016.
Applications for charity of choice 2016 are now open until 8 July 2016. Please download the following:
Charity of Choice application formCharity of Choice application guidelinesAppendix 1 - examples of volunteering
At Network Rail, social performance is an integral part of our commitment to sustainability. We launched our new social performance strategy in April 2016 which focuses our work in to two key themes: Caring for Communities and Improving the Passenger Experience. We are looking to build a strategic partnership with a registered charity, who delivers services across Great Britain.
We will be looking at partners who focus on caring for communities with a particular focus on social deprivation issues such as tacking homelessness, addressing antisocial behaviour or supporting families in need. The railway is an area where socially deprived communities often have a negative impact and Network Rail is looking to drive positive change in those communities to address those issues and ultimately improve the passenger experience.
If you have not been able to find the information you were looking for on this site and would like to learn more about charitable giving at Network Rail please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 of 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. The volunteer work our people have been involved include examples such as volunteering at hospices, charities for homeless or disabled people, STEM support, heritage railways and environmental charities.
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
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