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Charity joins forces with rail operator to change perceptions

 Published on: 3rd October 2018   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Arriva Rail London, which operates the London Overground on behalf of Transport for London (TfL) has chosen learning disability charity Electric Umbrella as a Charity Partner for the next year.

Watford-based registered charity Electric Umbrella is a unique co-creation between adults with learning disabilities and professional musicians, working together to challenge perceptions.

Electric Umbrella have been captivating audiences across Hertfordshire for five years with their unparalleled ability to bring out the joy we all have inside us and challenge people to think differently about learning disabilities.

Co-creation and a ‘can do’ attitude is at the heart of what Electric Umbrella is all about.

Mel Boda, Managing Director and co-founder of Electric Umbrella comments,

“This is a very exciting partnership for Electric Umbrella as we continue our successful growth and increase our platform to reach the general public across Greater London.”

Paul Brewer, General Manager fNorth from Arriva Rail London says, 

“We at Arriva Rail London are excited in our partnership, we feel that together we can make a difference and help others see individuals differently, seeing the person and not their disability, removing the them and us. We want to help raise funds for Electric Umbrella to continue the great work they do, we want to encourage everyone to use the London Overground as an empowering part of their lives in a safe and friendly environment.”

London Overground links 23 of the 33 London Boroughs and the City of LondonIt manages 81 stations, covers 7 routes and 112 miles, carries 660,00 customers on a typical weekday, has 1500 employees. 

The London Overground was the first train service in the UK to offer Turn Up and Go (TUAG) in March 2014, since then we have helped over 65,000 customers who require additional assistance to complete their journey.

Expect to see gigs, busking and other fund raising activities conducted in partnership with Arriva Rail London 

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