Promoting local rail services
We work with many partners to deliver a range of community engagement projects and support the work of community rail, here are just a few:
We work very closely with our partners at the Community Rail Network to support and develop the community rail agenda. The Community Rail Network are the membership body for almost 50 community rail partnerships, representing nearly 70 community rail lines across the UK, as well as almost 1000 station adoption groups. To find out more about their work website.
Over the last three years Northern have been working in partnership with the National Citizens Service in Bradford and the Calder Valley to support the growing youth population in the Leeds City Region. Our aim was to promote our core principles of corporate social responsibilities and the Department for Transport Community Rail Strategy to go beyond our traditional areas of community engagement to bring young people closer to our network. The National Youth programme is aimed at 16-17 year olds and aims to increase confidence, promote social cohesion, develop soft skills and give back to the local community through a variety of different social action projects.
Community Rail Lancashire has for many years prioritised working with young people of all ages as part of its ‘Educating the Passengers of the Future’ and Railway Confidence’ programmes. We particularly welcome the strong support and encouragement this work has received from Northern which has enabled CRL to recruit a team of professional teachers. The team currently consists of three fully qualified teachers who work across the North of England and with the growing number of northern Community Rail Partnerships. You can meet the full CRL team here and find out more about each of us here.
Down the line is CRL’s specific education website. A key objective of CRL has been to establish a variety of education packages that can be used either directly by the CRL team or by CRP officers, railway industry partners and schools. The website sets out how the railway can be linked into the National Curriculum through the different key stages. A recent development has been the creation of educational packages for secondary aged pupils which is still very much work in progress. The website also showcases projects that have been undertaken with schools and groups of young people including the innovative ‘Passport to Safe Rail Travel’ to ‘the Autism Friendly Line’ and ‘Women in STEM’. Through show casing projects it is possible to share best practice and to highlight things that went well as well as things to watch out for!