Turning Point is a national charity engaged in the rehabilitation of people recovering from substance and alcohol abuse. A pilot scheme between Turning Point and the Cumbrian Coast Line Community Rail Partnership, funded by Northern and Direct Rail Services, has proven to be an unqualified success.
Focussed on supporting residents prticpating in rehab programmes at Stanfield House in Workington, the project has enabled individuals to reconnect with latent talents and hobbies; discover new skills and purpose; develop a personal sense of self-worth and satisfaction at a job well done and to feel they are giving something positive back to society.
Now a mandatory part of the rehab programme, residents take the train and pay a weekly visit to Green Road station where they enjoy all the tasks required to keep the station looking clean, tidy and attractive. The station is situated in a natural tranquil environment which inspires mindfulness and personal reflection, essential elements of the healing and recovery process.
Explore the whole story through our award winning videos and brochure which capture the story of the ‘Rail Journey to Recovery’and ‘Broken Lives Mended’.
Scenic Rail Journeys
Community Rail Cumbria worked in partnership with ACoRP to produce a stunning brochure highlighting a selection of scenic railway journeys around Britain. The brochure is designed to signpost people to the wonderful Scenic Rail Britain website, which hosts information on railway lines across the UK, and will hopefully stimulate a thirst for travel and encourage people to explore these hidden gems.
Millom Rail Room
The Rail Room project saw the transformation of a room within the Discovery Centre at Millom Station into an interactive, rail-based educational environment. The highlight is a fabulous exhibition model railway which reproduces the features and history of the Cumbrian Coast railway. There are now opportunities for local schools to take advantage of special rail packages enabling them to visit and enjoy the Rail Room and Discovery Centre.
Edge of the Empire
The ‘Edge of Empire’ project was the culmination of a 3 year programme of regeneration at Maryport railway station. The creation of a much needed car park, extensive platform improvements, additional shelter and seating facilities together with the installation of customer information screens and CCTV, has transformed the station into an outstanding transport ‘hub’ and a gateway to be proud of for this increasingly popular coastal town.
Utilising input and investment from key stakeholders, including Cumbria County Council, the Cumbrian LEP, ACoRP, the Department for Transport and Northern, the ‘Edge of Empire’ celebrates the important Roman heritage of the town in a series of compelling storyboards displayed along the platform. Complimented by an extensive planting scheme, the station is now a much loved community asset and looked after by local community group ‘The Maryporters’.
This modern rail-based setting provides an exciting outdoor educational experience, offering an alternative way to address the national curriculum requirement for stimulating interest in local heritage and history. And it doesn’t stop at the station, why not enhance your knowledge by visiting the Senhouse Museum in Maryport or take the train and explore our Roman history further along the Cumbrian Coast Line and the Tyne Valley Line!