Community Rail Lancashire has just learned that its Railway Confidence Programme has been successful in a bid to the Designated Community Rail Development Fund.
The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) has confirmed that it has awarded the full bid amount of £1144.50 to the project that will see a fully accredited Railway Confidence Programme booklet designed and printed.
Community Rail Lancashire’s (CRL’s) Railway Confidence Programme outlines an innovative new scheme for working with children who have SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and mental health needs. CRL strives for equality within all programmes, including education, and aims to encourage CRPs, station adopters and TOCs to take the same approach nationally.
This programme aims to build confidence and enable the passengers of the future. This programme is carried out by Community Rail Lancashire in partnership with the British Transport Police (BTP), The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) and Northern, and is available to be used with support where needed by any teacher, train operating company, station adoption group or community rail partnership.
CRL ensures that it does not stereotype young people with SEND, and adapts sessions on a case by case basis, viewing all young people as unique individuals. CRL also recognises the need to encourage railway use in people of all ages and of all abilities, needs, cultures and religions. We are committed to encouraging inclusive use of and employment within the railway, for a full range of diverse groups within society. It is only by encouraging people when they are young that they will become lifelong users, as well as view the railway as a future employment option.
For further information on the programme, visit www.downtheline.org.uk/projects/the-railway-confidence-programme/