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Taking Our Communities Places

We are committed to supporting local communities across South London, Sussex and Surrey and parts of Kent and Hampshire. It’s extremely important to us that we do whatever we can to help local people and groups achieve their goals and we do this by getting people in local communities involved in projects at our stations and by giving financial support to local community projects.

Here are a few examples of projects we have become involved in recently:

Community Sponsorship

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Croydon's neighbourhood wardens work hard to foster community spirit and in particular they work with young people to build trust and engage them in positive activities. One popular scheme is the youth football tournaments. To support this work, Southern sponsored new sports kits for football teams based around some of Croydon's housing estates. 

Sussex County Cricket Community Programme

Sussex County Cricket Community ProgrammeFor the fifth year running, Southern is proud to be a sponsor of the Sussex County Cricket Community Programme, which helps young people get off the streets and play cricket, learning good behaviour, teamwork and healthy living through the sport. Highlights include:

  • 22,000 regular participants in Sussex
  • 147 primary schools in the programme
  • 245 cricket clubs
  • Street20 Cricket – over 153 new young people
  • Cricket in Disadvantaged Communities and Disabled Cricket – over 500 young people and adults involved
  • Cricket delivered in 12 Special Education Needs Schools in Sussex

To learn more about the programme and how you can benefit visit

Art on the Line

This project began during 2013, at Haywards Heath station, when Southern and Sussex Down’s College came together to transform waiting rooms from blank canvases into mini art galleries by displaying student produced creative works. This included work by an illustrator, photographer, poet and a dancer (Joe Atkinson, pictured left), who attended the launch of this art, helping bring it to life at the station.

Art on the line

The displays are helping Southern to enhance the look of stations for passengers, whilst providing the College the chance to highlight student work, inspiring them to take pride in their local area and promoting the college to future artists. Working together a range of new, inspiring paintings, photographs  and poems have now also been setup in all four waiting rooms at Lewes Station (pictured right is one of the images produced by Harriette Hambridge, studying ‘A2 photography’).

If you would like to seek sponsorship from Southern, please contact us via our online sponsorship form. We only have a limited budget but we welcome applications from across our network.