- 23 January 11am – 12noon – Webinar: Developing your tourism offer
This webinar will focus on how community rail partnerships can identify the tourism potential along their line and how to promote this offer to visitors through projects and activities including Community Rail in the City.
This webinar will be presented by ACoRP tourism and heritage office, Alice Mannion, with special guest Nigel Smith, chief executive of Tourism South East.
To join this webinar you need to register in advance. This webinar is free for members of ACoRP thanks to funding from the Department for Transport and Northern.
- February – Report: Community Rail and Social Inclusion
This report sponsored by the Rail Delivery Group will explore the significant opportunity within community rail to more widely engage and benefit communities, reaching out across diverse groups and helping to tackle exclusion, division and loneliness. In particular it will consider growing awareness of isolation and mental health problems, and a need to address a weakness across much of the community rail sector of demographically narrow engagement.
This report will be made available via printed copies, the ACoRP website and followed up with a webinar on the topic later in February.
- February – Webinar: Community Rail and Social Inclusion
As a follow up to the new Community Rail and Social Inclusion report, this webinar will run through its key findings and how you can support projects in your area to increase social inclusion.
To join this webinar you need to register in advance (details available soon). This webinar is free for members of ACoRP thanks to funding from the Department for Transport and Rail Delivery Group.
- 28 February – Event: Station Buildings Workshop | Engine Shed, Station Approach, Bristol BS1 6QH
This event is free to ACoRP’s CRP and Station/Community Group members and if you are a member and haven’t already received an invite, please request one from firstname.lastname@example.org. Places will be limited to one per organisation in the first instance.
Stakeholder commercial organisations can attend for a small charge and these bookings are taken directly with the events team, so please request a booking form via email@example.com
Registration is from 9:30 and the event will start at 10:00 prompt. Lunch and refreshments are included.
The programme will include
Learning how to date your station
Learning how to identify the structure and construction of a station
Learning about the maintenance process
Learning about building regulations and planning process with regard to listed buildings and conservation areas
- 12-13 March – Event: Community Rail Conference | Jurys Inn Milton Keynes, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2HP
The Community Rail Conference (formerly the Community Rail Seminar) is an invitation only event organised by ACoRP on behalf of the Department for Transport. It is an opportunity for key figures throughout the community rail sector in England and Wales to get together with the wider rail industry for workshops, updates, guest speakers and networking.
- 27 March – Event: Working with schools and colleges workshop | Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR
There is much potential for community rail partnerships and station groups to work with schools and colleges, whether developing a comprehensive, ongoing programme of activities that meets curriculum needs or running a workshop or local travel project. This seminar will discuss and swap good practice from around the country and identify future potential.
Details on how to register will be available in January 2018
- March – Webinar: Social media
This webinar will look at how to make best use of different social media platforms to raise the profile of your community rail partnership or station group. As well as practical tips on how to set up and manage your social media it’ll also look at how to grab people’s attention using the different channels.
To join this webinar you need to register in advance through the Events & Awards page of the ACoRP website. This webinar is free for members of ACoRP thanks to funding from the Department for Transport and Northern.
- March / April – Resource: Station Buildings Toolkit
A kit to help you understand and research your local station, including its history and architecture, along with identifying the potential for future development, practical advice on where to start, working with the community, tackling challenges, good practice and sourcing funding.
This toolkit will be made available with a limited number of printed copies and via the ACoRP website.
- March – Resource: Station Adoption Handbook
ACoRP’s Station Adoption Handbook has been a useful tool for station adopters since it was first produced. With new examples of good practice from around the country, an updated handbook will be launched which will include new downloadable templates on the ACoRP website.
- Spring – Webinar: Understanding community needs
This webinar will look at how community rail partnerships and station groups can identify the improvements and services they may be able to offer to meet the needs of their local community. It will look at the information and resources available to do this and then how to set about fulfilling those needs. A guidance pack will be launched at the same time to support partnerships and groups in this area of work.
To join this webinar you need to register in advance through the Events & Awards page of the ACoRP website. This webinar is free for members of ACoRP thanks to funding from the Department for Transport and Northern, with a charge of £20+VAT for non-members.
- Spring – Resource: Understanding community needs
This guidance ties in with the webinar above on understanding community needs. It will include advice, good practice, worksheets and where to go for more help.
- 16th May – Event: Community Rail in the City | Stations nationwide
Community Rail in the City is an annual event where Community Rail Partnerships get together in major stations for the day to highlight their work and reasons to travel along their lines.
- 4 October – Event: 2018 Community Rail Awards | Glasgow
The annual Community Rail Awards recognise and reward the hard work and dedication of the community rail family. The 2018 awards ceremony and gala dinner will be held in the city of Glasgow.