Suffolk scout groups work with the railway to earn newly created badge

Published on: Wednesday, 26 June 2024
Last updated: Wednesday, 26 June 2024

Cubs and scouts receive a rail safety talk at Derby Road rail station

Above: Cubs and scouts receive a rail safety talk at Derby Road rail station. Credit: ESLCRP

Scouts and cubs in Suffolk are learning about the railway, thanks to a new community rail initiative which will see them earning a new ‘Platforms for Change’ badge.

The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership (CRP), which works with Greater Anglia to keep the rail branch lines between Ipswich and Felixstowe/Lowestoft and their communities thriving, is working with scout and cubs groups in the county, as part of Community Rail Network’s ‘Platforms for Change’ initiative.

As well as a ‘Platforms for Change’ badge specially designed for the programme, the groups can work towards other badges including gardening, volunteering, nature, photography, and writing.

On Tuesday 4 June the 9th and 34th Ipswich scout group visited Derby Road rail station near Ipswich where they learnt about rail safety. As a result, they will be the first scouts and cubs groups in Suffolk to receive the Platforms for Change badge.

East Suffolk Lines CRP officer, Thalia Woodgate, said:

“We are delighted to be involved with the Platforms for Change initiative, helping young people to build travel confidence, learn new skills and help to improve their community facilities.”

Alan Neville, Greater Anglia’s Customer and Community Engagement Manager, said:

“This is a wonderful initiative, and we are very grateful to the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership for the great work they are doing to put railways at the heart of the communities they serve, provide fun educational opportunities and create a sense of pride in young people for their local railway station.”

Karen Bennett, Community Rail Network’s Education, and youth engagement advisor, said:

“We are delighted that the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership is taking part in the ‘Platform for Change’ initiative.

“The programme aims to engage and empower Scout groups across Britain through community rail activity, station projects and rail confidence trips and we look forward to seeing what the young people can achieve!”