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.
We will be providing our members with opportunities to share ideas and tips for recruiting and supporting volunteers and explore new ways to engage with local communities. We will also be supporting our members to use the Impact tool to record and track the difference they are making.
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.
Community Rail Network training and development bursary scheme
We run 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 Community Rail Network 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 Community Rail Network 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.
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. The current scheme runs from 1 April 2021 and ends 31 March 2022.
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.
Impact reporting tool
We have worked with the social enterprise Impact Reporting to develop a tool to enable all members to track and record their activities and associated indicators of change and support them to demonstrate their outcomes and impact.
The tool is user-friendly and suitable for small groups who want to build a picture of the work they do as well as larger organisations and partnerships running multiple projects and strands of work.