1. Involving Young People sponsored by Rail Media
Community Rail has a long history of working with young people on projects including station environmental schemes, safety and educational projects. We want to see the best of these.
Method of entry: Nominations may be made by a train operator, community rail partnership, school or group that has taken part in or organised the project.
Judging criteria: Successful entries will have demonstrated engagement with children or young people (under 26) to deliver a project that benefits: the community, the children or young people taking part, and the railway.
2. Involving Diverse Groups sponsored by Northern
In this category, we want to see the best examples of projects that work with and / or involve diverse groups for instance those encompassing ethnicity, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief.
Method of entry: Nominations may be made by a train operator, community rail partnership, or group that has taken part in or organised the project.
Judging criteria: Successful entries will have demonstrated engagement with a diverse group or groups to deliver a project that benefits the community, the individuals taking part and the railway.
3. Community Art Schemes
a) Permanent Projects sponsored by (awaiting confirmation)
Public art can enhance the station environment, provide a link between communities and the railway, and above all be good fun. This category is for permanent art projects.
Method of entry: Entries in this category can be from the artists, project organisers or companies sponsoring the project.
Judging criteria: This award will be judged equally on the extent of the community involvement in the project as much as the artwork itself. You must include photographs with your entry that clearly show the artwork installed in the railway / station context.
4. Most Enhanced Station Buildings and Surroundings sponsored by Great Western Railway
Stations are the shop window of the railway and many on community rail lines have been improved or restored. In this category, we are looking for buildings and station surroundings that have been significantly enhanced in a way that has a positive impact upon the passengers and / or the local community.
Method of entry: Entries may be submitted by individuals, teams, groups or companies.
Judging criteria: The judges will be looking for projects that have improved the station building (including shelters), surroundings and facilities either as a whole or in part.
Before and after images must be submitted as part of your supporting images along with any other evidence of how the project was developed and delivered.
5. Small Projects Award (£500 or less) sponsored by Community Rail Lancashire
This category can only be entered by station adoption / friends or local community groups without paid staff and allows smaller, low cost projects to be judged against each other rather than competing against larger funded projects. Any project that cost £500 or less (excluding volunteer hours), can be submitted, whether it is new garden planters, artwork, a tidy up project or an event. We will be looking for projects that made the best use of resources or delivered great value for money, whilst enhancing the station environment or passenger experience or benefiting the community in another way.
Method of entry: Entries for this award can only be submitted directly by the group involved with the project.
Judging criteria: A budget must be submitted as the judging panel will require clear evidence that the project has only cost £500 in total to deliver. The entry must also demonstrate project sustainability and community benefits.
6. Best Community Engagement Event sponsored by Arriva UK Trains and CrossCountry
Community rail is all about engaging with local communities. This category aims to highlight the initiative, enthusiasm and work that goes into developing, organising and promoting community events on the railway. We are looking for nominations of community engagement events undertaken on community rail lines by Community Rail Partnerships and station adoption / friends groups. We want to see inclusive and engaging events, that are accessible to all. Extra credit will be given for evidence of the impact of the event.
Method of entry: We invite entries from Community Rail Partnerships, station adoption / friends’ groups or individuals. Train operators can submit nominations where a project was undertaken in partnership with a CRP or voluntary group.
Judging criteria: The judges will be looking for events that were engaging, fun and informative. Extra credit will be given where a measure of the effectiveness is included and efforts were made to engage diverse groups.
7. Best Marketing or Communications Campaign sponsored by Govia
This category aims to reward the best marketing or communications campaign aimed at promoting community rail activities and local rail travel. This could be a traditional campaign or a digital one. Those that embrace both traditional and digital methods will be given extra credit by the judges.
Method of entry: We invite entries from community rail partnerships, groups or individuals. Train operators can enter where they have worked alongside a CRP or station adoption group.
Judging criteria: The judges will be looking for methods that are accessible, engaging, informative and reach a wide audience with key messages. In your entry, you should tell us the rationale behind the choice of media and extra credit will be given where a measure of the effectiveness is included.
8. Outstanding Volunteer Contribution sponsored by Arriva Trains Wales
In community rail development, it is people who count most. We want to hear about individuals who have made a long term (minimum 12 months), outstanding contribution to community rail as a volunteer, whether they are a member of the local community, community rail partnership, station adoption group or rail user group.
Method of entry: Entries for this award can be nominated by train operating companies, community rail partnerships, station adoption groups, or individuals. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
Judging criteria: Judges are looking for nominations that clearly show that the individual has made an exceptional contribution to their line, station, partnership or group – and particularly their community – as a volunteer in community rail. Extra credit will be given where independent testimonials are available (a maximum of four can be submitted but must be contained within your supporting material).
9. Innovation in Community Rail | NEW CATEGORY sponsored by Transpennine Express
This category is for imaginative new developments that have been used to enhance the benefits community rail delivers to local communities, passengers and railways. Projects can have been developed by individuals, CRPs, voluntary or community groups or not-for-profit organisations. This is only for projects that cannot be entered in any of the other categories.
Method of entry: Nominations may be submitted by individuals, CRPs, voluntary or community groups or not-for-profit organisation. Train operators can submit nominations where a project was undertaken in partnership with a CRP or voluntary group.
Judging criteria: The judges will be looking for inspirational projects that have significantly enhanced the benefits community rail delivers to local communities, passengers and railways.
10. Photo Competition | “The Essence of Community Rail” sponsored by Grand Central
We want to see your best photos, that really capture the essence of community rail and are clearly within a community rail setting. Only photos taken since June 2016 may be entered.
Method of entry: These must be uploaded with a completed nomination form, see below for specific requirements. This category is open to nominations from any source but the following requirements must be adhered to:
• A maximum of six images per entry
• Digital images must be in JPEG format ONLY, 300 dpi (high res)
• Please supply a title or caption for each image
NB: Photos may be used in publicity (with appropriate credit given to the photographer).
Judging criteria: Images will be shortlisted according to the category title and those that are captured creatively, humorously and pertinently will be favoured by the judges.
The shortlist for this category will be available on Survey Monkey for one month from the 3rd July, for the public to vote on and this will provide the final placings.
NB: Any images that show Health & Safety contraventions on the railway or station will be disqualified.
11. It’s Your Station sponsored by ScotRail
Revised in 2016, this category is now much broader than station gardens alone. Points will be awarded over three sections: community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement. The total points achieved will equate to bands: bronze, silver and gold and every entry will receive one of these awards in certificate form. “It’s Your Station” is aimed at rewarding the hard-working people who maintain station gardens / floral displays and the station environment on a voluntary basis across the network.
Method of entry: Entries may be submitted by individuals, teams or groups.
Judging Criteria: We are looking for station gardens and environments that enhance the passenger experience and involve the local community. Entries must describe the work you have done or are doing to improve your station garden and environment. The Judging Assessment Template can be downloaded from the ACoRP website or can be requested from the ACoRP office.
You must include before and after images with your entry that clearly show the railway station environment context. Judges will particularly be looking for projects that also demonstrate environmental benefits.
NB: Shortlisted entries in this category will be visited by prior arrangement and entrants will be informed of the level awarded in advance of the presentation evening (where certificates will be available for collection).
The most improved in each band will receive a cash prize. The most improved in the Gold Band will also receive a trophy and be announced as the category winner.
12. The ACoRP Award for Outstanding Contribution to Community Rail | NEW CATEGORY sponsored by Department for Transport
ACoRP will present a special award to the organisation or group that, in their view, has demonstrated outstanding contribution to Community Rail over the past 12 months. Nominations are invited for this award but they must be for a third party as self-nominations will not be accepted. The winners will receive a trophy, cash prize and a certificate.