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Railtrack launches 'Partners in Giving' initiative


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Railtrack launches 'Partners in Giving' initiative
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date
9 July 1997
source Railtrack plc
type Press release



A major charity initiative was launched by Railtrack today, to help disabled and disadvantaged people, their friends and family across the UK. 'Partners in Giving', will also provide opportunities for encouraging Railtrack employees to become involved in a variety of worthwhile causes.

The six charities set to benefit, include, RADAR, (the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation), The ADAPT Trust (Access for Disabled People to Arts Premises Today), Special Olympics UK as well as The Prince's Trust Volunteers, Business in the Community and the National Trust.

Railtrack Chairman, Sir Robert Horton, announced the launch of the initiative at Waterloo station and outlined the company's commitment to support disadvantaged and disabled people through a programme of community projects, sponsorship and donations.

Altogether Railtrack has committed ?million for disability projects, including ?million in donations and ?million for station projects.

"With a comprehensive programme of events, we aim to make access to transport, work, the countryside, arts and sport easier and improve the quality of life for disabled and disadvantaged people.

The extension to the Disability Discrimination Act, due for legislation in 2005, states that railway termini should make reasonable adjustments to accommodate disabled people. We will comply with the act long before it is legislated. We are developing a close relationship with major disability organisations to make a real difference to people's every day standards of living", he said.

"RADAR is conducting access audits of 200 stations to see where improvements can be made so that we can accommodate the needs of people with disabilities wherever possible," he added.

With employee participation being a key component of the 'Partners in Giving' initiative, opportunities have been developed to include a Give As You Earn Scheme, whereby, donations can be made direct from salaries to any registered charity. Employees can also work for any of the six partner charities for five days in the year and be fully paid.

Railtrack has also formulated a 'matched donations' scheme. All give as you earn donations will be eligible and employees involved in fund-raising for any charity or organisation can apply for matching donations from Railtrack.

Work with the Prince's Trust, and Business in the Community will span three years commencing this year, and RADAR, ADAPT, The National Trust and Special Olympics UK projects will be for the duration of one year. Railtrack will provide financial and physical help ranging from better accessibility to railway stations and trains to sponsoring the Special Olympics World Gymnastics Championships in 1998.

Examples of projects with the six partner charities include:

RADAR - a series of Opportunity Days in conjunction with RADAR will offer information and advice to potential employees.

The ADAPT Trust will use Railtrack's support to help in promotional activity, education, awards, grants. Projects will include museum grant schemes to help them improve disabled access.

Special Olympics - Railtrack will encourage employees to participate as volunteer helpers for training and events programmes. Railtrack will fund eight new inner city sports clubs throughout the country to promote sports facilities and the training of volunteer coaches.

The National Trust and National Trust Scotland are working with Railtrack on access and community projects which also involved volunteering. For example, one project involves building wheelchair access ramps at Hardwick Hall, East Midlands. Regional initiatives, one in each zone and a further one in London, will improve access to Trust properties for the disabled and disadvantaged. They will also provide additional materials to improve the quality of experience ie. 3-D models and audio tapes. Other projects include five community projects for the disadvantaged which include provision of a minibus to create better accessibility to Speke House, Liverpool

The Prince's Trust Volunteers programme includes 'Adopt-a-Team scheme'. The project helps young people develop confidence, teamwork, communication skills, contribute to the community and gain qualification. Railtrack has also made special arrangements for a number of employees to be seconded to specific projects for the duration of one month. Business in the Community's funding will go towards support of BITC's leadership team and assistance for regional projects such as refurbishing a barge to give disabled people canal holidays.


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