About Govia Thameslink Railway
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is a train operating company that operates the TSGN rail franchise. Within the franchise, GTR runs the Thameslink and Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express airport services.Southern and Gatwick Express became part of GTR in July 2015, making it the largest rail franchise in terms of passengers, staff and fleet in –
We want to support young people across our entire network. See how our different programmes are working to do that Because youth matters Thousands of young people rely on us every day to get to their school, activities and meet their friends, but there are countless others who don’t get the opportunities they deserve. We can have a huge impact on their lives by helping to put them on the right track, by supporting: Youth groups and activities that build their development Work experience and training opportunities to open doors to a wider demographic Education to use our trains safely
Helping to tackle a national issue The number of people sleeping on the streets in Britain has increased substantially in the past few years, but rough sleeping is just the most visible part of a much wider homelessness pandemic, with many people using foodbanks on a daily basis. We have a large role to play to support our communities, who provide support for people in need. What we can do to help is make the most of our network, used by thousands of people each day, to reach those who are willing to help. We pledge to support our local partners, including: Foodbanks and kitchens Homeless provisions and prevention services Fundraising initiatives Our teams have held food banks, donation drives, fundraising cake sales, and helped out in the kitchen at local shelters.
Studies show that 1 in 4 people are impacted by mental health issues at some point in their lives. As a business it is important that we can recognise the signs when someone is in trouble – to reach out and help our customers, communities and colleagues who may be dealing with mental health issues. We are pleased to partner with Mind – the national mental health charity, as one of our three corporate charity partners for two years. We will be working closely with them to fundraise and raise awareness of mental health. Find out more about Mind. We also work closely with the Samaritans and host annual ‘Have a brew' events, as well as promoting general health and wellbeing for our teams. But we want to do more, such as: Expanding our try-a-train programme that encourages people to feel confident travelling by train Fundraising for organisations and charities that support positive mental health Provide a platform for organisations to raise awareness of mental health and general health care
Corporate and Social Responsibility
We believe in doing business in a responsible way – serving our passengers and benefiting the communities around our stations. Take a look at the many ways we do this. Transforming lives and communities Everything we do as a railway is about connecting people, and providing the pathways that improve their lives. But we want to be at the heart of the communities we serve in more ways than one. As a business we have real power to make a huge impact in transforming lives and communities. We know many of our people and customers are incredibly passionate about their local area and how they can make them a better place to live and work. We will focus on making a real difference in three important areas of society: Young people, Homelessness and Mental Health & Healthcare. We will do this by continuing to build close relationships with community groups and charity organisations, providing support and opportunities to address these issues. Take a look at the many ways we do this.