Since their launch in 1995, The Road Victims Trust provides support to those bereaved and seriously injured as a result of road collisions. Based in Bedfordshire, they provide this vital support across Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire too. A non-profit organisation, they provide free services to friends and family of those killed or injured in collisions, as well as those who pay witness to them too.
What Services Do The Road Victims Trust Offer?
As a result of collisions on the roads in the UK, 1750 people are killed each year. We are all aware of the legal procedures that take place in the event of these collisions, however this does not include providing emotional support to the victims in the aftermath of the event. The Road Victims Trust know that the people killed in these collisions are parents, siblings, children, husbands, wives and friends, and this leaves a huge loss in the lives of their loved ones.
As a result, their services are offered to anyone who has been bereaved by, involved in, affected by, or witness to road collisions. Across three counties, they offer face to face support which can either be in their office or in your home, however they also offer telephone support to those who live outside these areas.
Trained Volunteers Providing Free and Confidential Services
The Road Victims Trust has a team of counselling volunteers who are fully trained to provide emotional and practical support, along with information on legal procedures. Their volunteers are specially trained in bereavement and trauma and are available to provide services for as long as they are needed, be it short or long term. The service is completely free and confidential, and volunteers tailor the weekly sessions to meet the needs of every individual, along with giving them a safe space to work through their grief. In addition to the emotional support they can also provide information and guidance on matters such as funeral arrangements and inquests too.
Every year, over 250 people rely on the support services that The Road Victims Trust provide. As a charity, all donations they receive goes towards helping someone who has been affected by road death or trauma.
August 2019 is National Road Victim Month, and you can show your support for The Road Victims Trust by voting for them in this month’s charity poll. You can also find out more about them and their work by visiting https://www.rvtrust.org.uk.