Published on : Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Network Rail and Barnardo’s are celebrating a year since the start of their Charity of Choice partnership, which is the most high-profile Network Rail charity relationship. Chosen by Network Rail employees, the charity of choice is a common cause that can be supported right across the business, and Barnardo’s is Network Rail’s charity partner until March 2019.
More than 220 people have volunteered a total of 1,750 hours – smashing the first year target of 1,300 hours – and more than £100,000 has been raised for the charity, which aims to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable young people.
The money raised so far is enough to pay for all the following:
vocational training in the construction trade for 30 young people at risk of education and social exclusion 140 translator sessions for non-English speakers
180 prevention education workshops in schools to educate young people of how to spot the signs of sexual exploitation and to stay safe
250 sessions for young people with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) on matters including puberty, keeping safe and sexuality
an outing to the cinema or bowling alley for 500 carers, often as young as eight, allowing them to have fun with other children and enjoy a break from their adult responsibilities.
Network Rail’s commitment to engaging employees in volunteering and fundraising has enabled Barnardo’s to achieve better outcomes for more young people.
The generosity of colleagues, both in terms of donations and pro bono work, means we can have an even greater positive impact on local communities.