Date: 04/04/2023, 2.30pm
Present: Suzie McCheyne- Development Officer, Diane Whateley- Secretary, Nigel Wunsch-Vice Chair, ,John Wilson- Scotrail, Wille Clark- Scotrail holdings, Caroline Thompson-Noble-CRN. Jim bolton- Healthy and Happy, Diane Wise- Scottish Autistic Consultants, Viviana- potential volunteer, Matthew Worman- Avanti
Apologies: Lynn Keir- Treasurer: Alex Bray- Cross Country
- Previous Minutes agreed
1. Greening CamGlen Network- planters in progress plus support from Vaslan.
6 green spaces beside stations – proposed QR codes linking to podcasts, explaining their function. There could be posters at all stations with the QR codes- funding to be requested.
QR codes linking AI podcasts with sign language
- Feasibility study regarding accessibility for stations; first draft survey of autistic people on this issue. National autistic society-feedback on trains and other public transport issues. Virtual reality headsets for some stations are available s o that people can experience a station in advance
- Travelling class rooms- Cross country funding- due 5th and 11th April. MSP Christina McKelvie is keen to join in. There’s a request for 50 children plus parents- N Lanarkshire and also a Rainbows group.
3. United in learning intergenerational project:-
Crafters/tik/tok projects- with Edinburgh CRP -teaching knitting. Scotrail will fund train passes and locally supplied meal. Later there will be a return visit to Glasgow by the CRP.
Hope in Hamilton update
The final landlord’s consent has come through – an April installation date is awaited. The PR release is done. ‘Official opening’ will be a celebration event with local MSP Christina McKelvie. Relevant TOCs to be contacted re publicity.
DGW asked about anti-vandal paint on the installation or if we could get a local graffiti artist to draw something local on it. AP1- SMcC to ask
Annual Accounts (by June 2023) — SMcC — Annual accounts almost ready.
Avanti update: Matthew Worman — increased female driver recruitment; 100 drivers in training. 25% timetable cancellation in August 2022 now 4%. 90% of trains are within 15 mins of scheduled times.
Also, a new app for visually impaired travellers – Be My Eyes – connects to travel helpers.
Scotrail: Net zero minister appointed
Meetings: Postponed CRN at Stow 21/4/23
Mental health awareness week: 15-21 May
Rail volunteer week: 1-7 June
Rail Safety Week: 26th June
AOCB: Volunteers – several irons in the fire; also The Big Help Out
Trustees meeting – mid/end April
Next meeting: AGM-04/06/23 @12-3.00pm. (Trustees meeting afterwards) Venue TBA