Make a difference
as a volunteer
Volunteers can make local and regional railways more attractive, more welcoming and better used. By getting involved, you can meet new people, learn new skills and create a railway that makes your town proud.
What you can do
- Art and gardening projects at stations
- Promoting your line
- Passenger surveys and non-rail-user research
Finally, check out the online forum for the “community rail” sector, the Community Rail Cafe. It’s free to sign up, and is a good place to ask advice and to get ideas for new projects.
Who to contact
Volunteering at stations is something that hasn’t traditionally been done in France. However, you could try contacting Gares et Connexions via their website.
Volunteering at stations is something that hasn’t traditionally been done in Germany. However, you could try contacting either the station manager, the transport authority (for example Aachener Verkehrsverbund if you live in Aachen) or the council’s transport team.
In the Netherlands, contact your local council or NS Stations regarding projects at stations, or speak to the local train operator if you are interested in your whole line.
Improve existing stations
– Early consultation
– Designing with students
– Art and gardening projects
– Community-focused buildings
New uses for station buildings
Creating new stations
More trains, better stations
Attracting more users
Involving citizens and stakeholders
People with disabilities