We support charities in a variety of ways: gift-in-kind contributions to our Charity of Choice, employee fundraising, volunteering and station collections

In previous years, Network Rail have supported a Charity of Choice partnership right across the business. We have had successful partnerships with Cancer Research UK, NSPCC and most recently Barnardo’s until March 2019. From April 2019 Network Rail are supporting a single social cause. The cause we have selected to support from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2024 is homelessness via a national charitable campaign – ‘Routes out of Homelessness’.

Through fundraising, volunteering, gift-in-kind support and payroll giving Network Rail will help to tackle the societal and operational issue of homelessness. It has clear links to railway safety and performance, public and passenger safety and satisfaction, and mental health and suicide prevention. The national theme will allow flexible, local partnerships with a wide range of groups across Great Britain such as homelessness charities, shelters, food banks and employment support groups, allowing Network Rail’s routes and business units to choose how they support the overarching national charitable campaign.

As a company we’re doing a lot to improve how we engage and work with the communities surrounding the railway. This ‘Routes out of Homelessness’ national campaign will give hope to homeless people by offering support to the charities that work so hard to provide vulnerable people with a better future.

Data from St Mungo’s shows that homelessness has increased by 169% since 2010 with 4,751 sleeping rough on a snap-shot night in England. In the period of heavy snow between 26 February and 11 March 2018, 37,000 referrals were made by members of the public to the St Mungo’s Street Link App – a rough sleepers reporting service – and 11,335 of those reports included the word ‘station’ in the location description.

Some of the great ways our employees contribute

  • Employee fundraising raised over £123,000 for our Charity of Choice, Barnardo’s
  • Payroll giving – an average of £45,000 per month is given to a variety of charitable causes
  • In 2017/18, our people volunteered 47,239 hours to community projects in the UK

Supporting local charities

In addition to supporting our national charitable campaign, employees working on our 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 workearly engagement and Community Rail work.

The volunteer work our people have been involved in includes 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.

Contact us

If you would like to learn more about charitable giving at Network Rail please email as charitablegiving@networkrail.co.uk