Railway Mission’s Impact Celebrated: Delivering £1.8 Million in Social Value

In a significant event this May, Rail Minister Huw Merriman joined fellow MPs and industry leaders to celebrate the remarkable social impact of the Railway Mission, as demonstrated by the latest research findings from the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB). This research highlighted that the Railway Mission, a faith-based Christian charity, generates over £3 of societal value for every £1 of income, totalling a monumental contribution of £1,848,851 to society in the past year alone.

The briefing, expertly hosted by West Dorset MP and former rail manager, Chris Loder, on the 13th of May, was attended by notable figures such as Transport Committee Chair Iain Stewart and Network Rail Chair Peter, Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill. During the event, insights were shared by RSSB’s sustainability experts alongside heartfelt contributions from the Railway Mission team.

The Railway Mission provides essential pastoral care to the railway community and the public affected by railway operations. With chaplains offering face-to-face, year-round support, the mission addresses the critical needs of individuals experiencing loneliness, stress, depression, trauma, bereavement, or illness. This pastoral care is a living testament to the mission’s embodiment of Christ’s teachings, as noted in Galatians 6:2, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfil the law of Christ.”

Historically, the invaluable impact of such spiritual and emotional support has been challenging to quantify. However, the updated Rail Social Value Tool, developed jointly by RSSB and social value experts Loop in close association with Network Rail, has now successfully calculated the significant monetary value of the Railway Mission’s work. This tool, which aligns with HM Treasury Green Book Principles, has been refined to include 1,000 metrics and offers a more user-friendly interface, marking a significant advancement in how charitable activities are measured.

Rail Minister Huw Merriman commended the Railway Mission, stating:

The Railway Mission plays an important role in providing support to railway staff across the country through the most difficult of times and I’m a huge supporter of their work. I was pleased to join the team again to hear inspirational stories and welcome the RSSB’s report which highlights the valuable contribution this brilliant charity delivers.

Chris Loder MP shared his experiences, saying,

I was delighted to host this event where the RSSB revealed the impressive social value contribution made by the Railway Mission to Britain’s railway. During my many years in the rail industry, prior to becoming the MP for West Dorset, I saw first-hand the real difference the Railway Mission makes to the wellbeing of both employees and their families across the network.

Liam Johnston, Executive Director at the Railway Mission, reflected on the biblical foundation of their work:

As the executive director of the Railway Mission, I am profoundly grateful for the recognition of our work’s significant impact. This evaluation reaffirms our commitment to serve the railway community with compassion and dedication, delivering tangible benefits that extend beyond the rails. We are inspired to continue our journey, enriching lives and nurturing resilience across the sector. We heed the words of Matthew 5:16, letting ‘your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Johnny Schute, Chief Operating Officer at RSSB, added:

The Railway Mission team makes critical interventions across our network every day, protecting the wellbeing of the whole railway family in difficult moments. Their social value, though now quantifiable, has always been evident to those they serve.

This event underscores the deep spiritual and social impact of the Railway Mission, continuing to illuminate the path of service with the light of Christ’s love, bringing hope and relief to those in the railway community.

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