Welcome to the March edition of our e-news, where you will find:
- an important chance to add your voice to a Ministry of Justice consultation ending on 22nd April
- information on coping with life after road death with dates for our Resilience Building Support Programme
- news on the launch of our new See Me Save Me campaign website
- dates for your diary for our Remembrance events
- opportunities to support RoadPeace either as a volunteer or in fundraising activities
Thank you for your concern, your interest and your continuing support.
Justice for crash victims
Speak up now - Ministry of Justice consultation on victim services
Many of you will know too well that those bereaved or
injured in crashes deserve better support and information. You now have
the chance to tell the Ministry of Justice. Their Getting it Right for Victims and Witnesses consultation
proposes a set of reforms intended to deliver "a system targeted at
those who are most seriously harmed by crime, whether through physical
injury or emotional trauma".
But their wording remains vague and possibly contradictory
about support for those bereaved or seriously injured in crashes.
All families bereaved by murder or manslaughter are to receive the
specialist support they need, but not all those bereaved by crashes,
not even all those involving criminal prosecution. And to add irony to
insult, £30 million of the additional £50 million for victim services is
to come from motoring offences.
The consultation closes on April 22. Please respond to it
and have your say, and please send us a copy of your response if you
can. Visit our website for our summary consultation response guide
, and for further information.
Consultation details: Getting it Right for Victims and Witnesses
Closing date: 22 April 2012
Supporting crash victims
Coping with life after a road death
The next RoadPeace Resilience Support Building Programme begins on the 23rd April 2012.
The Resilience Building Support Programme is a trauma
support programme for families bereaved by road death. Over six, weekly
sessions, working in small groups, participants will gain insight into
how the mind and body can react to traumatic loss, and have a chance to
meet other families who know how they feel. It is offered twice a year
in London and is being rolled out in Thames Valley, Bristol, Liverpool
and Birmingham over the next two years.
If you would like to find out more about attending this or future programmes please contact us.
Reducing road danger
See Me Save Me
On February 5th 2012 RoadPeace launched See Me Save Me
a new campaign website dedicated to reducing lorry danger to
pedestrians and cyclists and saving lives. Its key call is to eliminate
lorry blind spots through the mandatory use of HGV technologies such as
sensors and cameras. See Me Save Me is collating information on what is
being done to tackle lorry danger, providing campaigning tools and
resources to support families affected by these crashes. For more
information and to sign up to See Me Save Me visit: http://www.seemesaveme.com/action/support/
This launch coincided with the launch by The Times of their Cities Fit for Cycling campaign
which also calls for mandatory HGV safety technology as their number one manifesto point.
Please make a note of these dates during August National Road Victims Month
Monday 6th August -
Ceremony of Remembrance at the RoadPeace Garden in Manchester
Saturday 11th August -
Ceremony of Remembrance at the RoadPeace Wood, National Memorial Arboretum
Friday 31st August -
Liverpool Ceremony of Remembrance
and also Sunday 18th November
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2012
If you would like to find out more about developing a World
Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims service in your local area,
RoadPeace can help you and provide you with advice and support to do
this. Please contact us
for more details.
Celebrating 20 years
On February 8th 2012 RoadPeace celebrated its 20th
anniversary. Our Founder and President Brigitte Chaudhry looks back on
the beginning in this briefing
Run for RoadPeace!
We still have a number of places in some of the best running
events in London, including the London 10000 and the Royal Parks Half
Marathon. Please contact us
for more information.
RoadPeace is a small charity and we have always relied on
volunteers to help us to do more. There are lots of ways to get involved
from distributing publicity information, helping to monitor the media,
to befriending others who have been bereaved in similar circumstances.
In the next few weeks, we will be sending RoadPeace members a
questionnaire with our Spring Newsletter which will outline ways to get
involved. Please look out for it and let us have your feedback.
And if you are not already a member then please join us
and help us strengthen our voice representing road crash victims.
RoadPeace is proud to be the only membership based road
victim charity founded on the principles of justice for victims and road