Hi everyone. We hope you’re well. This week we’re marking World Mental Health Day by sharing community rail initiatives on this theme, and pointing you to useful resources. We’re also pleased to include our Annual Report, and reminders on our AGM and grants.
Please keep us informed about your activities: pass your stories to Nik, so we can share good practice, or chat to your usual support & development contact.
Don’t forget, our regularly-updated guidance on Covid-19 is available here.
World Mental Health Day
Many of you marked World Mental Health Day on Saturday through your communications: it was great to see community rail promoting awareness of this crucial topic, at such an important time. We include below examples of mental health and wellbeing initiatives within community rail. If you’re considering, developing or delivering any activities on this topic, we’d love to hear about it.
We also wanted to share a few sources of info, advice and materials we’ve come across that might be helpful to you in different ways:
- Mind – World Mental Health Day resources, staying well at work tips, and comprehensive advice for employers and workplaces;
- Time to Change – campaigns and advice on being open and combating stigma, plus tips on supporting each other through Covid and a workplace activity pack;
- Samaritans’ Small Talk Saves Lives – guidance on conversations with people who may be at risk, such as in railway settings;
- Mental Health Foundation – advice booklets and ideas for individuals.
Attend our AGM and stand for our board
Our AGM is a way for you to engage with and influence our governance and planning. It’s online this year, 2-3.30pm on 11 November, and all our members (station groups and CRPs) are now able to vote and stand for our board. Register to attend here and find out here about our board vacancies. If you’re considering standing for the board, do get in touch with Richard, our chair, to hear more about what it involves.
Our Annual Report 19-20
Our Annual Report for 2019-20 is available here. We hope it’s a useful overview of how we continued to develop Community Rail Network, support our members and champion community rail – and we include some wonderful examples of community rail in action. Do feel free to share and draw on the report with your contacts. We’ll also be providing an overview at the AGM, where the report is formally agreed.
Grant schemes and funding advice
In every Community Rail News we include details of community rail grants available from us, and point to other relevant funding sources (below). We also wanted to remind that we have a dedicated funding page on our website, outlining our grants, other sources, and signposting grant directories. If you’re wanting further advice on funding, talk to your usual contact, or if you want to brush up your fundraising skills, keep an eye on our training courses or apply to our training bursary to go on an external course.
This bulletin is now fortnightly, so your next edition is 28th Oct. Keep up with our news in between on Twitter and Facebook.
Keep safe and well,
Jools and Richard
News from our members
- Bishop Line encourages passengers to ‘pass on a smile’ on World Mental Health Day
- Women in Community Rail to host ‘Breathing Space’ mental health workshop
- Hastings Line Community Rail Partnership set to launch
- Improvements for rail users on the Settle – Carlisle line
- Redundant space is now a thriving place at Swaythling Station
- Stow Station House redevelopment nears completion
- Historic town centre on display at Uttoxeter Station
- Penmere Station friends produce postcards
- Mytholmroyd Station planning work continues