Days Out by Rail campaign

Date: TBC 22 July

UPDATE: In light of the ongoing industrial action, we have decided to temporarily put on hold our Days Out by Rail campaign. We hope to be able to confirm a new launch date of 22 July over the next 2 weeks. We realise this is disappointing but feel it is the right decision. For more information about the campaign, visit our page here.

Impact Demo

Date: 5 Jul, 2022

Location: Online via Zoom 2-3pm

Region: Members only

Type: Online training

The demo will run through how the Impact platform works, how it can be customised for your group and how to conduct surveys.

More information about the Impact platform can be found on the Impact webpage

Community Rail Network members only

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Webinar – “Leisure travel part 2: how to reach and engage your audience”

Date: 12 Jul, 2022

Location: Online

Region: All

Type: Webinar

This is the second webinar exploring the topic of leisure travel. Following on from Part 1 (14 June), which focuses on the strategy behind your promotional activities, this session will look at how you can use a variety of channels and work with partners to maximise impact and reach the widest audience.

It will feature a range of case studies, providing ideas and inspiration for how to engage leisure travellers. Plus there will be an interactive discussion session, giving the opportunity to put questions to our panel and share insights and experiences.

See the draft agenda here and book your place via the registration button below.

Part 1 takes place on Tuesday 14 June and members are encouraged to attend both webinars.

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Applying for small grants

Date: 19 Jul, 2022

Location: Online via Zoom 10.30am- 12noon

Region: All

Type: Online training

This online workshop will run through some practical hints and tips about making small grant applications and will include suggestions on where to get further support. We’ll cover a general approach to making applications to a range of funders and we’ll talk a bit more about our own grant schemes.

The webinar will be held on Zoom and we will email the details to the email address you use when booking on Eventbrite. The zoom link will be sent out a few days before the event.

This session is for members of the Community Rail Network only.

This is a slightly updated version of the online session we held in summer 2020

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Community Rail Awards 2022

Date: 5 Oct, 2022

Location: Manchester Central Convention Complex

Region: All

Type: Awards

We’re pleased to confirm that this year’s Community Rail Awards will take place on Wednesday 5 October 2022, at Manchester Central Convention Complex. We’re delighted to announce our headline sponsors are Transport for Greater Manchester and Northern Trains. Please make a note of 5 October and other key Awards deadlines below:

Due to some unforeseen technical issues, please note revised dates for entries and event bookings below.

  • Entries open: Monday 16 May
  • Event bookings open: Monday 16 May
  • Entries close: Monday 20 June
  • Shortlist announced by: Monday 8 August
  • Event bookings close: Friday 9 September

To help you start planning ahead and thinking about which categories to enter, click here for the list of Awards categories for 2022. Full criteria will be published in the entry booklet on 9 May.

Awards Surgeries

We’ll be running a series of ‘surgeries’ to offer advice and guidance on submitting entries, beginning on 25 May, through to the closing date, 20 June.  These will be drop-in sessions on Zoom, where you can ask questions, on anything from entry criteria, to uploading your entry.  Click  here for full surgery schedule.