As train operating companies are carefully starting to allow adoption groups to return to their stations, the partners at the Heart of England Community Rail Partnership wanted to give a small token of appreciation for all the fantastic work that station adoption groups do.
With part funding generously provided by the Community Rail Network, the Heart of England CRP has put together Welcome Back packs for each of its volunteers. Each pack contains hand sanitiser from the Warwickshire Gin Company, a reusable fabric face mask, a bottle of Warwick-based Iyoki Chapman’s Original drink, chocolate from Henley Chocolates and a pen donated by the Samaritans. Each station group also received a gift card for a garden centre local to their stations.
The officer for the Heart of England CRP said: “Community rail isn’t just about trains and stations, it’s about supporting the local communities. As well as saying a huge thank you to our amazing volunteers, it was also important that, as far as possible, we sourced the items in the Welcome Back packs from local, independent businesses.”
The Welcome Back packs have been well received, with volunteers describing them as ‘lovely and thoughtful’. Social distancing was followed when delivering the packs and guidance from West Midlands Trains and Chiltern Railways was reiterated in relation to their guidance on volunteer-based activity at stations