Posted 59 months ago

Myth Busters!


“The RBF is only there for retired and sick staff”

Not true! We understand that life is never straight forward and that ill health, bereavement, relationship breakdown and work problems can occur at any time, to any member of the rail workforce. Our purpose is simple: to support rail staff and their dependents in times of hardship. The RBF helps anyone that works in the rail industry from maintenance to freight, from administrative staff to station staff. We are the only charity that solely supports rail staff and their families and have an open support programme available.

“You have to be a member of RBF to get support”

Not at all. We are proud to say we are there for all railway people. We are not a membership-based charity. This means we will help anyone. Regardless of whether or not they ‘pay in’ to a scheme. We want to be inclusive and there for anyone who may need us.

“All the RBF does is give out grants”

As we approach our 160th anniversary, we are reviewing the support we offer to allow us to extend our reach and impact across the Industry. The support we offer has broadened to include advice and information services, ensuring that those seeking help receive a package of support. Our aim is to provide assistance that deals with both the immediate hardship affecting the individual and the underlying causes, wherever possible.

“The industry has changed so much over the years that a charity like RBF isn’t relevant anymore”

Our charity has a long and poignant history within the rail industry. When we first set out, a very long time ago, in 1858 we were dealing with issues regarding safety and working conditions. Today in 2017, we are looking at a step-change in the services that we provide to current staff and, by extension, to develop and broaden the relationship that we have with rail employers. Job insecurity, debt and financial worries, relationship and family issues and increasing caring responsibilities are a few examples of where RBF is looking to support rail staff.

“Chances are the RBF will inform our employers about the personal problems we are having”

Our service is completely confidential. We appreciate that the thought of contacting us for help may seem daunting and scary for some people. However, we want them to understand that it need not be. Our services team are dedicated to helping railway people when they need us, and always offer a listening ear, and kind word when dealing with our beneficiaries. We offer free, confidential support that is person focussed.