Community Rail Network is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable objectives, working to support community rail partnerships and groups to be effective in benefitting their communities. We are dependent on grants, donations and sponsorship from government, industry partners, and other organisations that share our passion for community rail, sustainable travel, and making a difference to communities.

Joining us as a Community Rail Network partner brings a range of benefits, and enables us to be effective in supporting the community rail movement to deliver greater social value. It also helps us to collaborate with industry, authorities and the third sector to nurture the community rail movement.

You can also keep in touch by signing up to our fortnightly email bulletin and following us on Twitter or Facebook.

Community rail partnerships and groups like station friends can find out more about joining us on our memberships page.

Government and not-for-profit partners

Community Rail Network works closely with partners in national, regional and local government and the third sector to support the community rail movement to be effective in benefitting local communities.

Our relationship with each government and not-for-profit partner is unique, but we take the approach of working collaboratively and innovatively to maximise social value. If you are a government or not-for-profit organisation and would like to explore working together, please email us.

Corporate partners

Our corporate partners are asked to make a minimum annual contribution to Community Rail Network of £5,000 (smaller sponsorship opportunities also available). We are pleased to discuss with potential and existing partners how we can proactively work together to support community rail, with a view to developing a tailored and mutually-beneficial relationship.

However, as a matter of course, partners can access the following standard benefits:

  • Community Rail Network partner logo and text for your website, CSR report and other communications, and certificate for you to display;
  • Expert advice and input on community rail and how you can best support community rail partnerships and groups to achieve more;
  • Support with your PR and communications activities promoting community rail, such as quotes for press releases, advice and information, and where possible our attendance at your events;
  • A free place at our prestigious Community Rail Awards, plus discounted sponsorship and table booking packages. This event was attended by nearly 500 guests in October 2018, from community rail partnerships and groups, plus senior rail industry and government representatives;
  • The option to get involved with other Community Rail Network events and initiatives. This includes free and discounted places (where available) at Community Rail Network seminars, workshops and webinars;
  • Your logo on our website and ‘thank you’ banner displayed at Community Rail Network events.

For more information on corporate partnership and other opportunities, please contact our events and fundraising manager Hazel Bonner.

Individual supporters

Individuals can make a valuable contribution to Community Rail Network by making an annual donation. As well as making sure you are receiving our communications, we are happy to chat to you about any ideas or projects we might be able to work with you on. Please get in touch to find out more.