Rail Pastors are a group of trained volunteers who are based in areas which experience high numbers of suicidal incidents.
Rail Pastors is an initiative of the Ascension Trust, working in partnership with train operators, Network Rail and Samaritans. Together they aim to save lives and reducing disruption on the rail network. Their mission is to reach out to people in moments of crisis, offering compassion and understanding, taking the time to listen to concerns in order to move the person to a place of safety.
There is on average 1 suicide a day on the UK Rail Network
Average suicide costs National Rail £175k
Spotlight on Barnet Rail Pastors 1st Year Stats:
Reduction in crime
Increase in interventions
Research shows a timely intervention at a point of crisis can have a long term impact on preventing suicide
“Rail Pastors have recieved additional training from the Samaritans to offer more specialised support to those who may be at risk and vulnerable on our platforms.”
MARYANN PARISH, NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER- ASCENSION TRUST
Current Rail Pastor Locations..
Volunteers specially trained to assist vulnerable people have been introduced on the rail network around Cardiff.
‘Rail Pastors’ is an initiative of Ascension Trust working in partnership with British Transport Police, Samaritans and train companies across the UK with schemes in the South East, London, Midlands and Scotland as well as this new scheme operating out of Cardiff.
I was pleased that we were at Mill Hill then – in the right place at the right time. I believe our uniforms do draw attention to ourselves as in three of these four cases, as soon as people had spotted us, their behaviour patterns changed