Our training and development programme is here to help the community rail movement continue to grow and fulfil its potential.

Incorporating a range of training opportunities, workshops, tools and materials, the programme is tuned in to the practical needs of community rail partnerships and groups. It assists the community rail movement to work effectively, connect with other community and third sector organisations, and deliver greater value within local communities.

We are working across three broad, inter-connected themes:

Organisational development: Providing training and resources to support the effective development and delivery of community rail organisations and their priorities.
Skill pathways: Developing initiatives, support and resources to connect community rail with skills development opportunities, which may include partnerships with external training organisations, training for volunteers or  support to plan work experience placements and apprenticeships.
Communities: Supporting community rail organisations to engage with their local community to deliver community benefit, widen opportunities and increase levels and diversity of volunteering and volunteers.

In 2019/20 we will be providing our members with opportunities to improve their fundraising skills and knowledge, share ideas and tips for managing volunteers effectively and explore new ways to engage with local communities.  We will also be supporting the roll-out of accreditation and will run workshops on ‘Project management and delivering outcomes.’

The training team are also available to facilitate bespoke sessions for your organisation on topics such as strategic planning, setting objectives, achieving outcomes and effective governance. If you would like to explore this option please get in touch.


For future training events see our events diary


ACoRP training and development bursary scheme


We have launched a bursary scheme to assist with access to the training and development that individuals and organisations within community rail may require.  So far bursaries have paid for courses such as First Aid at Work, Makaton and Project Management.  These are just a few ideas … you may want to learn about urban gardening or how to create a website or you might be taking on some management responsibilities for the first time.

Bursaries are available to fund training for a member of staff or a volunteer from an ACoRP member. The scheme will fund a place on a course or at a conference that will:

  • Increase skills and knowledge for an individual in relation to carrying out their role in community rail
  • Improve an organisation’s effectiveness and ability to achieve community rail aims

The bursary will fund or part-fund a course place or conference fees up to £200.  The minimum bursary is £25.

Please note that once we’ve agreed your application ACoRP  will only reimburse you once you’ve attended/completed the course. Your group/organisation will need to pay initially and then claim the bursary amount back from us.

Round two of the scheme has been extended, and is now open until 31 March 2020 for courses and conferences takng place before 31 March 2020.  Member organisations can apply for up to two bursaries during round two (Jan 2019-31 March 2020), but they must be for different people.  Bursaries are provided on a first come, first served basis and the pot is limited, so if you have something in mind please apply as soon as you can.

If you are interested, please download the forms and guidelines below.  Read the guidelines carefully before you submit your application to make sure you are eligible.  If you have some training in mind but can’t find a course, please contact the training and development team,who may be able to help find something suitable.

Bursary application form
Bursary guidelines

Get in touch with our training and development team

For more information or to contribute ideas, contact Alex Peel or Naomi Lilley and keep an eye on our Community Rail News e-bulletin for news.