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 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.


For future training events see our events diary


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, Bid-Writing, Makaton, Mental Health First Aid 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. Member organisations can apply for 2 bursaries during the year but they must be for different people.

Apply BEFORE your course so that we can confirm that a bursary will be awarded. Once we’ve agreed your application Community Rail Network will only reimburse you once you’ve attended the course. Your group/organisation will need to pay initially and then claim the bursary amount back from us. We’ll send claim forms when the bursary is approved. Read the guidelines below before you apply.

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 2022 and ends 31 March 2023.

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

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 free to use, 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.

Find out more about Impact

Get in touch with our training and development team

For more information or to let us know about your training needs contact Alex Peel or Naomi Lilley and keep an eye on our Community Rail News e-bulletin for news.