Charities and volunteering

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

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’ve had successful partnerships with Cancer Research UK, NSPCC, Action for Children and most recently CLIC Sargent until October 2016.

Barnardo’s is now Network Rail’s charity partner until March 2019. Network Rail will support Barnardo’s through fundraising, volunteering, gift-in-kind support and payroll giving to help the charity transform the lives of some of the UK’s most vulnerable young people.

The partnership with Barnardo’s is focussed on driving positive change in local communities to address social deprivation issues. The partnership will engage staff in volunteering opportunities, supporting local Barnardo’s work, as well as supporting fundraising activities and payroll giving.

"As a company we’re 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.

Every child should be able to look into the future and find happiness; I hope we can help them do that. Working with Barnardo’s, Network Rail believes that, with the right help, committed support and a little belief, even the most vulnerable children can transform their lives."

Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail

Some of the great ways our employees contribute

  • Employee fundraising over the last two years has averaged £200,323 per year
  • Advertising at our 18 managed stations is commercially valued at £102,000 a month
  • Payroll giving – an average of £46,845.49 per month is given to a variety of charitable causes

Supporting local charities

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.

Read some of our volunteers’ profiles

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 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.

  1. Find out which is your local Network Rail Route, using the map shown on our Routes page
  2. Find out the name and address of the charity contact for your local route, using charities contacts list(PDF)

Contact us

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