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Network Rail has adopted a new approach to charity in a bid to develop multiple partnerships focused on a national cause.
We’re now supporting a specific charitable theme for five years, starting with an issue that has dramatically worsened in recent years - homelessness.
Our Routes out of Homelessness campaign will aim to tackle homelessness with local and national charities across Britain, supporting some of the most vulnerable communities interacting with our railway.
The five-year focus on the cause will mean more opportunities for sustainable and meaningful partnerships in the future.
This is a significant change from our previous strategy - a Charity of Choice partnership scheme in which we worked with a single charity for two years.
Rough sleeping and homelessness in Britain are increasing year on year. Data from charity St Mungo’s shows homelessness has increased by 169% since 2010 with 4,751 sleeping rough on a snap-shot night in England.
The rail industry takes part in a sleep-out fundraiser at Manchester Piccadilly station
In the period of heavy snow between 26 February and 11 March last year, members of the public made more than 37,000 referrals to the St Mungo’s Street Link App, a reporting service.
We have a history of supporting homeless people. Our work with The Big Issue enables vendors to hold pitches at some of our managed stations while on Christmas Day at London Euston station in 2017, Network Rail and industry partners hosted a lunch for homeless people.
London Euston station hosts a Christmas dinner for homeless guests
We have also teamed up with homeless charities to provide operational guidance to employees to help vulnerable people in and around Network Rail stations and infrastructure.
Meanwhile, many of our employees have used their volunteer leave to support homeless shelters, food banks, employment preparation programmes and mental health organisations.
Our Routes Out of Homelessness national campaign will provide an opportunity for Network Rail to support this significantly challenging societal issue.
We are currently in the process of identifying charities to work with for our national, regional and local partnerships, and charities keen to support the programme can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We most recently partnered with children’s charity Barnardo’s until March.
We proudly supported Barnardo’s through fundraising, volunteering, gifts in kind and payroll giving to help the charity transform the lives of some of the UK’s most vulnerable children.
How we currently support charities
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