Network Rail on track with volunteering day

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Network Rail and Community Action MK joined forces for the first time to organise an exhibition which connected 20 local charity and volunteer organisations.

The event was specifically designed for Network Rail, not only to highlight the organisation itself, but also to engage employees in their community engagement programme and sign up to volunteer.

The exhibition took place at Network Rail’s headquarters, The Quadrant, in Central Milton Keynes, which is one of a growing number of eco-friendly buildings in the UK, and even includes toilets flushed with rain water.

Over 200 people attended the exhibition to find out more about how they can volunteer in the community through Network Rail’s scheme, which features charities such as the Girl Guides, the Christian Foundation, MLD (Metachromatic Leukodystrophy), MK Dons SET, the YMCA, Women & Work and MK Islamic Arts & Culture.

The event was part of a broader programme that includes a grants initiative sponsored by Network Rail and administered through MK Community Foundation that will support those groups most in need within Milton Keynes.

Philippa Callcut, Business Architect at Network Rail, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to host this event.

“Not only are we excited about the possibility to connect with local Milton Keynes organisations, but we are also passionate about identifying great opportunities for our employees to serve and experience the benefits of volunteering.

“We want to thank Community Action MK for partnering with us on this event.”

Network Rail ensures staff have five volunteering days a year as the organisation recognises what recent research has shown, that community involvement has been proven to have a direct impact on organisational performance, increasing employee engagement, morale, efficiency and loyalty, and also helps boost the company’s public image and operating margin.