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Monday 17 September 2018

Last Monday I was very pleased that we were able to support Inspire and the Samaritans on World Suicide Prevention Day; it is important that we take the time to help spread awareness on this important issue.

"Nurturing talent and promoting healthy lifestyles."

Translink is the main provider of transport for local schools and supports healthy lifestyles through public transport; this commitment is reflected in our recently launched Translink Schools’ Gold Cup partnership with the Irish FA. 

The Gold Cup will involve eight post-primary schools this year, across Northern Ireland, who have been awarded the Gold Schools Quality Mark accreditation by the Irish Football Association. Schools will be ranked by their football match performances over 3 age groups with one winning the Translink Gold Cup and claiming the title of ‘Top Football Performance School’ in Northern Ireland. It is hoped this will encourage more schools to become quality mark accredited by the IFA and the competition will involve many schools across Northern Ireland in the years to come.

This is a superb opportunity to nurture upcoming football talent and help local schools promote healthy lifestyles. We also secured the help of Northern Ireland players (and goal-scorers last Tuesday!) Steven Davis and Stuart Dallas to endorse the competition.

In keeping with a healthy lifestyles and sporting theme, last week the 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon was launched with Translink retaining its status as Official Transport Partner.

This is the largest single participatory sporting event in Northern Ireland and around the business many colleagues participate in the marathon with events to suit all levels of fitness including the Wheelchair Race, Team Relay, 8 Mile Walk and Fun Run.  If you’re up for the challenge please consider supporting our charity partner Cancer Focus and their #RunForYourLife campaign. You can email: [email protected] for a marathon fundraising pack.

I recently enjoyed a tour of the Cancer Focus NI headquarters, finding out about the vital work they do to support cancer patients and their families. I was really impressed with the team at Cancer Focus NI and am very pleased that they are our charity partner.

A popular annual celebration returns this Friday in the form of Culture Night Belfast and this year it’s more important than ever to attract people into the heart of the city following the tragic Primark fire. With the safety cordon in place, we’ve been advising the public about our free and convenient City Centre shuttle service operating Monday to Sunday until further notice supporting the new #YourBelfast campaign and saying Belfast is very much open for business. 

Some of you will be taking part in focus groups following our latest employee survey so we can look in more detail at the findings and develop key actions; if you want to get involved, speak to your manager - it’s only through effective communication that we’ll improve team work and support our vision to make Translink ‘Your First Choice for Travel’.

My final thoughts are very much with colleagues and everyone involved in the tragic incident on our rail network last Friday. Anyone with concerns should contact their line manager or seek confidential support through the Inspire helpline, our dedicated counselling service, on 0800 389 5362.

Chris Conway
Chris Conway
Group Chief Executive