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Through our targeted support for long term charitable partnerships, and by mobilising our 110,000 employees, we’re using our global scale and expertise to deliver shared value for our business and for our local communities.

Through our targeted support for long term charitable partnerships, and by mobilising our 110,000 employees, we’re using our global scale and expertise to deliver shared value for our business and for our local communities.

Our charitable programmes focus on those areas where we believe we can deploy our scale and expertise to achieve the greatest impact. Our programmes all link back to our vision – to provide solutions for an increasingly congested world, keeping people moving and communities prospering.

Working at the heart of the communities we serve, our local teams are uniquely placed to drive this by:

  • developing long term partnerships with the charitable organisations most aligned with our business
  • mobilising our people to support these partnerships through our charity committees and charity champion programmes, and by encouraging personal commitments like fundraising and payroll giving.

Through promotion of education, employability and skills, our aim is to empower people to reach their full potential and change individual lives to help the communities we serve to prosper. For example, we have worked with the Ahead Partnership on their Make the Grade project, providing coaching and support to prepare for the world of work to pupils of Roundhay School Leeds, England.

We give support to environmental projects aiming to reduce the impact of congestion on our communities by cutting carbon emissions, improving air quality and encouraging sustainable transport. In partnership with the Forestry Commission, TransPennine Express has run an award winning Green Grants scheme since 2008, providing support to community led environmental improvement initiatives in the north of England and south of Scotland.

We also have flagship Charity of Choice partnerships, most recently with Prostate Cancer UK (since April 2015) in the UK, and with Children’s Miracle Network in North America, and have already raised significant funds for these great causes.

Our charitable programmes are in action every day as we keep people moving on our services. We work with charities that help us to see things through the eyes of all groups, including people with disabilities or with reduced mobility. For example, we partner with sight loss charities like Guide Dogs and the RNIB in the UK.

As part of our longstanding partnership with the National Runaway Safeline, Greyhound supports the Homefree programme which enables young people who have run away to return safely to their families free of charge on the Greyhound network.

We also use our unique resources as a transport provider to benefit the communities we serve. For example, volunteering by First Student provides drivers and vehicles to support community projects such as educational field trips for students and ‘stuff the bus’ campaigns enabling communities to donate food and toys to those in need.