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Rail Minister applauds Railway Mission’s £1.8 million value to society

Rail Minister Huw Merriman joined fellow MPs and peers to hear how RSSB’s research is verifying the social value of the Railway Mission’s work,...

Samaritans and Network Rail train over 30,000 rail staff to help prevent suicide

Samaritans has today (Monday 13 May) announced a new milestone with its Managing Suicidal Contacts programme - in partnership with Network Rail and the...

Hull Trains to showcase Yorkshire as part of Mental Health Awareness Week

Hull Trains has revealed plans to support Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May 2024) by partnering with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Meteorologist Jon...

Expert commentary – Jo Kaye, CEO, Railway Benefit Fund

Jo Kaye was appointed CEO of Railway Benefit Fund (RBF) in September last year after a lengthy career in rail leadership. RailStaff caught up...

Covid plaque unveiled by Network Rail chair and Railway Mission chaplain

A commemorative brass plaque has been unveiled at the National Railway Museum byNetwork Rail Chair Lord Peter Hendy of Richmond Hill and Angela Levitt-Harwood,...

Nurturing neurodiversity: Creating a more inclusive workplace

Ian Chapman is AtkinsRéalis’ practice director for the Rail Systems & Infrastructure Practice. He has three sons, all of whom are neurodivergent in different...

RailStaff Insights: Jo Kaye, CEO, Railway Benefit Fund

Jo Kaye was appointed CEO of Railway Benefit Fund (RBF) in September this year after a lengthy career in rail leadership. RailStaff caught up...

Rethinking New Year’s resolutions: Embracing empathy for mental wellbeing

Railway Mission’s Liam Johnstone ponders whether this yearly tradition is helpful or harmful, and considers an alternative. As the clock strikes midnight on New Year's...

A social media Samaritan

The Samaritans Lifesaver Award, recognises workers who have used all their communication skills and training to help protect a life on the rails. Megan...

Healthier and happier lives

The health and wellbeing of employees is a critical concern for the rail industry. Physical and mental health problems can have the same devastating...

Rethinking New Year’s Resolutions: Embracing Empathy for Mental Well-being

As the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, a wave of optimism sweeps across countless individuals worldwide. The air is filled with aspirations...

Hero among Heroes: Rizwan Javed, MTR Elizabeth line

Everyone put forward for Samaritans Lifesaver Award is a genuine, real-life hero. The Award recognises those who have demonstrated deep courage and compassion by...

Partners in safety

RailStaff speaks to Samantha Facey, Health, Safety and Security director at Govia Thameslink Railway, about itsrenewed partnership with the British Transport Police. The safety of...

A beacon of hope and a lifeline of support

Liam Johnston Railway Mission's Chaplaincy’s Liam Johnston discusses the devastating impact of suicide and the role thatchaplains play in supporting individuals and the industry. In the...

Emotional, psychological, and spiritual support in the railway industry

Liam Johnston, executive director of Railway Mission Chaplaincy, discusses the organisation’s critical work in making the industry a safer and healthier one. In an age...

ORR offers further recommendations

Following on from ORR’s letter to Andrew Haines, the chief executive of Network Rail, in the past two months the regulator has issued further...

Good practice for protecting mental health

The rail industry is more aware of the importance of mental health than ever before, acknowledging the importance of emotional well-being and taking steps...

Award winning stories – Lee Woolcott-Ellis, Southeastern

Taking home a RailStaff Award might seem like the end of a journey. The reward for months or years of selfless hard work, the...