Being active in the communities we serve is very important to National Express. We are not simply passive providers of services. We play a crucial role in supporting the local economy, helping people access jobs and see their friends and family. Our staff also live in the communities we serve.
The National Express Foundation is a significant and growing part of our community activity. In 2017, National Express Group provided £150,000 to the foundation. In 2018, this will be doubled to £300,000. This significant level of commitment is unique in the transport industry and is testament to the seriousness with which National Express Group takes its community responsibilities.
The National Express Foundation supports community groups working with young people and also students who would otherwise be unable to pursue further or higher education because of financial challenges. Since 2012, the foundation has supported over 14,200 people; in 2017 alone, the funding helped nearly 3,000.
Within our divisions there are also many different community activities. Some highlights are:
- UK coach’s Youth Promise, including support to the Prince’s Trust. This has involved mentoring, volunteering and hosting work experience placements.
- ALSA supports a number of foundations, including Foundation Integra, which supports people with a disability and those who are at risk of social exclusion, gain access to a job.
- In North America more than 50 depots have held ‘Stuff The Bus’ events, filling school buses with donations from employees and the local community to support those most in need.