ESSCRP have been working in partnership with The Bee Friendly Trust and the local primary school. There is a planter from the trust on the station which has plants which will encourage bees.
This project has involved, ESSCRP delivering a rail safety talk at the school, the trust delivering a talk about bees and pollination and the children going to the station to plant the seeds and the plants. The children were able to use the skills they learnt from the safety talk in the station, such as standing behind the yellow lines, waiting whilst the barriers went down for the trains to cross. ESSCRP and The Bee Trust will continue to work with the school.
Photos include the rail safety talk, school children planting, and the train that was also planted up.
Join us in Liverpool Street Wednesday the 17th May 2017 from 7am to 7pm where we’ll be showing off all that Essex CRP lines have to offer along with our colleagues from Norfolk and Suffolk lines. We’ll be giving away lots of goodies including information about places to visit, postcards (remember those?!) and a draw to win first class return train tickets anywhere on the Greater Anglia network.
As part of Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership’s ongoing partnership with Acorn Village at Mistley a centre for people with learning disabilities including those of the severe end of the autistic spectrum.
The purpose of try a ‘train for the day’ is to give the residents the confidence and ability to travel safely by train.
Lynda and Terri CRP officers, met with the residents and staff at Acorn Village where everyone was given a training pack which we talked through with them explaining how to be safe at the station and when travelling on the train.
At Manningtree station each resident received training on how to use the ticket machine. They then had to familiarise themselves with the station and identify key items and locations from their pack eg yellow lines along the platform, clock, way out signs and the lift. An important part of the training was how to recognise members of Greater Anglia’s staff and the use of the Help Points which are located on all stations. We then all boarded the train to Harwich Town to experience a train journey. Once there we all enjoyed a lunch and talked about the day’s events before returning to the station to catch the train back to Manningtree.
Each resident was then awarded a Certificate of Achievement for completing ticket training and how to travel safely on the railway.
Comments from the day included “it was easier than I thought, not so scary", “I feel more confident in using the train and buying tickets from the machine”, I feel better knowing what to do if there are no staff available” and “it was a great day.”
ESSCRP will continue to work closely with Acorn Village in delivering a rolling programme of rail safety and try a train days. Our work with them also includes art projects the current one being designing and making a mural to be displayed in the underpass at Manningtree Station.
Further information about Acorn village can be found at www.acornvillages.com