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Entering for awards - to enter or not?

This campaign tip (no. 58) was published on Wednesday, 27th February 2019
A contact wrote "Industry awards are the scourge of all public transport.". My reply

I used to be totally in agreement with you. Now I'm not quite so sure but it very much depends on how the awards are entered and evaluate - so I'm talking personal experience of other awards - the ACoRP ones and RailFuture ones.

Looking at ACoRP ...

* The writing up of the entries in the first place (I did a number of these as Community Rail Officer) really gets you thinking about what you are doing - a strong nudge to encourage you to remember the Community Rail ethos, and look and see how others see you too.

* The shortlisting process - for those who are shortlisted - helps provide motivational input for the volunteers, and local press and publicity opportunities for an organisation that's designed around getting people who don't know about their local train service to hear about it and use it

* The big gala dinner is a chance to say "Thank You" to key members of the volunteer team - motivational again, publicity again, and there are also opportunities offered (and enthusiastically taken up by many) to see the best of community rail in the geographic area where the dinner is held.
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Contact details

These pages are written by Graham Ellis of Melksham, Wiltshire. Overlapping a life in IT and IT training, with running a hotel and campaigning for improved public transport, Graham has never been quiet - though he's starting to wind down gently now. He no longer takes overnight guests and has stepped doen from the "Community Rail Officer" role which he accidentally aquired. So he now has more time to write pages such as these and to travel in the UK. He'll be delighted to speak with your group or take a look through your case or camapaign, but be alerted that his time is not limitless even now, and he still has to keep the wolf from the door.

Postal: 48, Spa Road, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 7NY
Phonal: 01225 708225
Emailal: graham -at-
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What a difference a campaign makes!

It probably wouldn't have happened without a strong community campaign with which I have been involved. Most days through 2019 I'll be sharing a thought, an idea, a way of working or an experience. Come back here for the links. Discussions via the Coffee Shop Forum - Graham Ellis, 31st December 2018

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