Become a partner, sponsor or donor

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.

We work with our partners pro-actively, exploring opportunities to align with their social value and corporate social responsibility programmes. Our experienced partnerships team is on hand to explore your interests and learn what you and your employees care about. We can build bespoke partnerships that support your community engagement needs and that strengthen the community rail movement at both a national and grassroots level.

Find out more about how you could work with us in our partnership opportunities document and see below for our current project sponsorship opportunities. Alternatively contact Sarah Fatica, 07983 919702 or Hazel Lavery, 07939958752, for further information or to set up a meeting.

Project sponsorship opportunities

Community Rail Awards sponsorship:

There are still a few sponsorship opportunities available around the Community Rail Awards 2024, taking place on 18 March at the stunning Swansea Arena.

The Awards continue to grow in size and importance, with the last live event attracting more than 200 entries and 460 attendees from the community rail movement, rail industry, senior government figures, and third sector partners.

Each opportunity comes with a range of benefits, which our events & fundraising manager, Hazel Lavery will be delighted to discuss with you, along with more details about the available opportunities. Please call 07939 958752, or email to discuss this opportunity more generally and express an interest.


We’re also seeking a rail industry partner to headline sponsor our Community Rail Awards 2025 and help us to deliver this wonderful showcase event that recognises and rewards the hardworking officers and volunteers who dedicate themselves to looking after the local lines across our network and the communities they serve!

We offer an extensive range of benefits in our headline sponsor package, including:

  • Headline sponsor status on all publicity materials , including prominent branding and links from our digital channels.
  • Prominent acknowledgement as headline sponsor and a quote in our Awards media releases to national, regional and trade press.
  • A senior member of your team invited to co-host and present the awards on the night, alongside Community Rail Network’s chief executive.
  • Support from Community Rail Network in promoting your sponsorship, such as providing information, images and thank you messages for inclusion in your corporate communications.
  • An opportunity to show your support for community rail to senior rail industry executives, senior civil servants, government ministers, and third and public-sector partners.

Read more about our 2025 Headline and other Awards sponsorship opportunities HERE .

Hazel Lavery will be delighted to discuss any of the sponsorship opportunities and benefits in more detail with you, so please call 07939 958752, or email to express an interest.


Sponsorship of ‘Youth Engagement in Community Rail’ videos:

Community Rail Network will be producing a suite of three, 45-minute videos promoting the opportunities available to young people by engaging with community rail. The aim is to raise awareness and support the development of youth engagement across the community rail movement.

The videos would be produced by specialist education broadcast company, Learn Live, who run the Learn Live News Channel which educates, inspires, and connects young people by broadcasting directly into the classroom for free. The Learn Live News Channel works with organisations and individuals to promote their key messages directly into schools and the wider community. Full details of this sponsorship opportunity, including sponsor benefits, are detailed in the sponsorship proposal.

To find out more, please contact Karen Bennett or 07365 138 233.