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Community Rail News – 6 April 2022

This week’s edition is jam-packed with stories of activities and events which so many of you are leading on – please do keep sharing these with us so we can help to amplify and share ideas across the movement.

All change in Scotland

As ScotRail moved into public ownership last week, we launched a new video across social media promoting the fantastic work of community rail across Scotland, and its contribution to promoting sustainable travel. If you have not already seen it, check out the full video here and an article in The Herald. It was fantastic to see our members 6VT YouthCafe meeting the First Minister at the actual launch on 1 April.

Bursary scheme

We run a bursary scheme to assist with access to training and development that Community Rail Network members (individuals and organisations) may require. Members can have up to two bursaries per year, but they must be for different people. Bursaries awarded in 21-22 for courses included Outcomes and Impact, First Aid at Work, Mental Health First Aid and Project Management. Find out more and download the application form here.

Community Rail Week, 23 to 29 May

Community Rail Week is less than seven weeks away and our Comms Team is delighted with the take up so far with almost 30 events and activities planned already. They are keen to hear what you have planned, so please get in touch with Alice, or if you want support developing your ideas then join one of our drop in sessions. Work on the digital toolkit is underway and the team hope to be able to share it with you in the next Community Rail News, so look out for that. More details on how to get involved can be found here.

Remembering Philip Jenkinson

On a sad note, we remember Philip Jenkinson who has recently passed away. Phil was our first Company secretary, when we were known as the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP). Phil was a pioneer of community rail, working for ACoRP founder and first general manager, Professor Paul Salveson as they pulled together the very few rail partnerships that existed in the late 1990s and building the foundations of what is today, our thriving organisation. Phil is fondly remembered and will be much missed.

May we take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the Easter Weekend next week.

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Best wishes
Richard & Jools