Networking session for community rail officers

Date: 26 Jan, 2021

Location: Online

Region: All

Type: Webinar

An online session for rail officers to get together to chat about what’s happening locally and nationally and to discuss plans and strategies.

(Officers will be contacted directly for session bookings)

Networking session for chairs of community rail partnerships

Date: 2 Feb, 2021

Location: Online

Type: Webinar

An online session for community rail partnership chairs to come together to chat about what’s happening locally and nationally, and to discuss plans and strategies for the coming year.

(Chairs will be contacted directly for session bookings)

Looking ahead: recruiting new volunteers.

Date: 16 Feb, 2021

Location: Online

Type: Webinar

Interactive workshop looking at how you can encourage new people to volunteer for your community rail group/organisation. We’ll look at what new volunteers might do, what their motivations are and how you can make them feel welcome.

(Bookings to open shortly)

Community Rail Conference 2021 – online

Date: 8-16 Mar, 2021

Location: Online

Region: All

Type: Conference

Our 2021 Conference will be a digital event hosted in four parts. In this way, despite the ongoing uncertainty around the pandemic, we can deliver a conference that supports community rail organisations to build back better and stronger.

To make the conference even more accessible, the programme will run over four separate morning sessions spread across two weeks. CRP officers and chairs should expect to attend all four sessions in order to gain the whole conference experience. The programme will showcase good practice examples that encourage groups to engage and galvanise their communities, and to work in partnership with the wider industry to re-build confidence within communities towards train travel, whilst also delivering the wider social benefits.

The programme will feature a combination of presentations from external speakers, Q&A sessions, community rail case studies and breakout activities. Like our successful Community Rail Awards ceremony, the digital format will also offer delegates the opportunity for plenty of online interaction and networking.

Registration opens on 12 January 2021 and is by invitation only. CRPs and invited partners will receive an email with the Eventbrite booking link. Please note the Conference is intended for CRP chairs & officers and therefore capacity is limited, to enable break-out sessions and give delegates the best online experience.

Week one – 8 /9 March 2021

  • Part one – Monday 8 March, 10.00-13.30: including optional networking and special update from the Department for Transport ‘Rail Reform Team’
  • Part two – Tuesday 9 March, 10.00-13.30: including optional networking and special update from Network Rail

Week two – 15 /16 March 2021

  • Part three – Monday 15 March, 10.00-13.30: including optional networking
  • Part four – Tuesday 16 March, 10.00-13.30: including optional networking

View the draft conference programme

Community Rail in the City 2021

Date: 12 May, 2021

Region: All

Type: Promotional event

Due to the changeable environment, we’re pencilling in two dates for Community Rail in the City: 12 May or 30 June 2021. We are aiming to confirm which date will go ahead in mid-February. Usually, this fantastic event involves community rail partnerships and station groups descending on city stations to run interactive activities and promoting awareness of their lines for leisure and tourism. Needless to say, we don’t know yet what will be possible and appropriate come next spring, but we hope to be able to work with members to carry out digital and face-to-face promotional work. To register your interest in taking part, contact Alice.