ACoRP Membership

Station adopters at Cromford, on the Derwent Valley Line

ACoRP is all about supporting its members to be effective in benefiting their communities and railways. Joining brings a range of benefits, outlined below, and enables us to be effective in supporting the community rail movement to deliver greater social value. Membership is available both to Community Rail Partnerships (and groups on their way to becoming established as Community Rail Partnerships), and smaller groups like station friends.

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Community Rail Partnerships membership

(£150+VAT pa, or £75+VAT for unfunded CRPs*)

Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs) form the backbone of the community rail movement, working to engage local communities in their railway along a route or multiple routes. ACoRP works to support CRPs to be effective and sustainable; joining as a full member for just £150 per year is the best way to access this. Full members must be properly constituted and are admitted at our board’s discretion. Groups that are working towards becoming a CRP but are not yet fully set up and funded* can access this at half price.

Our support for CRPs tends to focus around an annual visit and ‘line plan’ meeting, where we work with you to plan ahead, focus on your key priorities, and operate in an effective way. We also offer free access to a range of events, learning opportunities and resources, and advice on activities and issues you’re working on throughout the year. Members get:

  • At least one annual visit with ‘line plan’ meeting (subject to your cooperation arranging this) to support you to: reflect on your work in the past year; identify opportunities for development; consider needs within your area; plan priority activities for the coming year; consider support, information and funding available to help you deliver this work;
  • Our advice as needed throughout the year (provided within reason, usually by phone and email, but may include additional visits) on issues and work you are delivering, to help you to be effective. Advice can be provided by our in-house experts on community rail planning and delivery, communications and marketing, tourism promotion, station buildings development, community engagement and social inclusion. It also includes signposting useful information and partners, and putting you in touch with other members who have experienced similar issues;
  • Free places at ACoRP events sharing advice and good practice. This includes at least one place per membership at each of: our annual Community Rail Conference run with the Department for Transport; member seminars (usually one in the South, one in the North); and workshops and webinars on key topics. Additional free or at-cost places may be available by prior arrangement. Free places are not available at our awards, but there is a low-cost sliding scale tariff;
  • Access to (and invitation to contribute to) our monthly bulletin and a range of resources, reports, tools and templates, including advice and signposting from our expert team to help you put this information into practice;
  • Access to relevant grant schemes managed by ACoRP and support accessing other funding opportunities. CRP members in England on ‘designated’ lines can access the Department for Transport’s Designated Community Rail Development Fund and members in England can access the Department for Transport’s small grants scheme (up to £1,000 for CRPs);
  • A say in ACoRP’s work, including at our AGM (one vote per full membership), through our members’ survey, or by giving us your views at other times on how we can improve.

Plus additional services coming soon (likely late 2017), currently in development:

  • Training, skills and professional development services through our new training and development programme. This will include access to courses designed especially for CRPs, advice and support on skills development and career pathways, help engaging with industry and third/public sector partners on training, skills and apprenticeships, and help providing learning and skills development opportunities in your community;
  • Access to recommended or discounted services, and advice on finding services that suit your needs and budget, such as HR support, project management and appropriate insurance.

 

Station friends and local groups membership

(£25 +VAT per year)

Station friends and adopters, and other local community rail groups, make a vital contribution to their communities and help to make stations welcoming, safe and interesting. ACoRP supports these groups to be effective and sustainable; joining as a small groups member for just £25 +VAT per year is the best way to access this support. This includes expert advice and information, sources of funding, and more in-depth support for groups taking on projects such as developing station property for community use. Members get:

  • Our expert advice (provided within reason, usually by phone and email, but may include a visit if you are undertaking a major project) on issues and work you are delivering, to help you to be effective. This includes signposting information and partners, and putting you in touch with other members who have experienced similar issues. Where relevant, it may also include direct advice from our in-house experts on community rail planning and delivery, communications and marketing, tourism promotion, station buildings development, community engagement and social inclusion;
  • Free places at ACoRP events sharing advice and good practice. This includes one place per membership at each member seminars (usually one in the South, one in the North) and workshops and webinars on key topics. Additional places may be available at cost price by prior arrangement. Free places are not available at our awards, but there is a low-cost sliding scale tariff;
  • Access to (and the invitation to contribute to) our monthly bulletin and a range of resources, reports, tools and templates, including a hardcopy of our station adoption handbook, and advice and signposting from our expert team to help you put this information into practice;
  • Access to relevant grant schemes managed by ACoRP and support accessing other funding opportunities. ACoRP members in England can access the Department for Transport’s small grants scheme (up to £250 for groups or £1,000 for CRPs);
  • A say in ACoRP’s work, through our members’ survey or giving us your views at other times, including directly to our board member with responsibility for station groups.

Plus additional services coming soon (likely late 2017) currently in development:

  • Training, skills and professional development services through our new training and development programme. This will include access to courses, help engaging with industry and third/public sector partners on training, skills and apprenticeships, and help providing learning and skills development opportunities in your community;
  • Access to recommended/discounted services, such as insurance, project management and HR support, and advice on finding services that suit your needs and budget.

* We usually count CRPs receiving less than £1,000 per annum as ‘unfunded’, but this is dependent on individual circumstances and at ACoRP’s discretion.

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