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Community

Our network is more than just rails and trains – we’re part of a community. That’s why we’re committed to supporting people and groups local to our stations, from North London to King’s Lynn, Peterborough and points in between.

Putting our stations at the heart of communities

We want to pitch in to help local people and groups achieve their goals. We do this through community projects at our stations and by giving financial support to groups doing important work in the area.

If you would like to seek sponsorship from Great Northern, please fill in our online sponsorship form.

We welcome applications from across our network, but please do keep in mind that we have a limited budget. We get a number of requests and consider them all carefully.  

Below are a few of the projects we’ve been involved in recently.

Anti-bullying

Great Northern and anti-bullying charity Red Balloon have joined forces to help prevent possible child bullying on stations and trains.

As part of Anti-Bullying Week (14-18 November 2016), Dr Carrie Herbert ran an awareness session for staff at Hitchin station. Dr Herbert is founder of Cambridge-based Red Balloon which specialises in helping severely bullied children who are temporarily unable to attend school.

Dr Herbert has also trained up Year 10 pupils at Linton Village College in South Cambridgeshire to be Travel Ambassadors so they can support younger children they may see being bullied.

Dr Herbert said: "It is exciting to be working with an organisation like Great Northern that understands how important it is to deal with bullying directly, to make sure young people can get to school and college and back home safely, and know that they can ask for help from a member of Great Northern staff who will understand and take the issue seriously. I look forward to working more with the rail staff and Travel Ambassadors next year."

The staff session focused on helping the group spot the signs of bullying between youngsters and developed their understanding of what they could do to help. The training followed similar sessions run by Dr Herbert with staff from other Great Northern and Thameslink stations and depots.

The Travel Ambassador scheme was successfully trialled with Linton Village College earlier this year and was so well received the school invited Dr Herbert back to train more students and give her a chance to catch up with the previous cohort.

Susan Gelder, Assistant Principal, at Linton Village College, added: “The students gained a huge amount from this thought-provoking session with Carrie. It was wonderful to see how our students engaged with the ideas and were really made to consider their previous ideas about bullying.”

The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations

In summer 2015 three of our station teams went out of their way to help passengers celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. 

Enfield Chase station, with local Leo’s Coffee Shop and The Enfield Society, a community group who have adopted the station to tend flowers, joined forces to wow passengers at the station with free teas and cake.
Downham Market and the local WI gave the station a royal makeover, followed by a buffet.

At Stevenage staff provided a colouring competition for children, as well as free refreshments. Passengers were even offered the chance to have a selfie with the “Queen”.
 
These events were funded by Great Northern.