Emotional Support

Our members tell us time and time again how talking to someone who ‘has been there’ can help.

RoadPeace helps bereaved families by providing peer support and connecting victims with others similarly affected whilst providing ways to cope with the aftermath a road death.

We offer support through our:

Helpline

Call us on 0845 4500 355


Open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.
Calls to the helpline are charged at a local rate.

The helpline is the first point of contact for all our services.

  • It offers emotional support and practical guidance including information on the post-crash process. This can take the form of alerting callers to specific information guides or putting them in touch with other members.
  • All calls to the helpline are confidential.
  • If you need to talk to someone urgently and are experiencing emotional distress then the Samaritans are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Samaritans can be reached on 08457 90 90 90.
  • If you would prefer to get in touch via email then the address is helpline@roadpeace.org.  We try and get back to enquiries as soon as possible.
“It is reassuring to hear that we are not going mad and although life will not be the same, the black cloud will lift and there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel”.

Bereaved partner

Befriender Service

Find out more:
0207 733 1603


Our established befriending service puts callers in touch with others who have previously been through a similar experience to themselves. This scheme is powered by great good will and a mass of very devastating experience. It is a very humane service and is at the heart of what RoadPeace was set up to do.

A befriender is a member of RoadPeace who offers continuing telephone support to callers referred by the RoadPeace helpline. Befrienders are not counsellors and provide predominantly emotional support. Telephone befriending ensures that people who have been bereaved or injured in a crash can be put in touch with someone who really does know how they feel, wherever they are calling from.

RoadPeace is a member of the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.

If you would like to find out about more about finding a befriender, or becoming a befriender, then please contact the Support Services Manager on 0207 733 1603 or email helpline@roadpeace.org.

"This support from like-minded people, who all share a common, yet tragic connection, makes you feel less alone on your grief journey."

Bereaved Mother

Resilience Building Support Programme

This is a trauma support programme for families bereaved by road deaths. The programme runs over six sessions in small groups with trained group facilitators and aims to offer families:

  • An opportunity to meet with others bereaved by road crashes.
  • Tools for understanding and coping with the reactions of your loss e.g. stress, negative thoughts, anxiety and distress, panic attacks, sleeplessness and nightmares.
  • An insight into how the mind and body can react to traumatic loss.

The programme is free of charge.

If you or your family would like to attend any future programme please contact RoadPeace via email at helpline@roadpeace.org or alternatively call the RoadPeace office on 0207 733 1603.

Independent Evaluation

RoadPeace obtained funding from the Ministry of Justice to administer an independent evaluation for the Resilience Building Programme. Please click here to read the summary of the findings: Independent Evaluation - Executive Summary

"One of the best aspects of the programme is to listen to others in a similar situation and although everyone copes differently, all seem to experience similar feelings. It is reassuring to hear that we are not going mad and although life will not be the same, the black cloud will lift and there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel."

Bereaved Partner

Local Groups

These meetings offer the opportunity for continuing mutual support between bereaved families.

The also provide a means of learning what else is happening in the local area and of taking action if members wish to do so.

RoadPeace currently has groups in the following areas. Use the tabs to learn more:

“Gaining support after the awful aftermath of losing a loved one in a crash through those similarly affected has been a lifeline for our family. No one else seems to understand the pain and grief that engulfs you”.

Bereaved mother

Our London support group meets bi-monthly on the second Tuesday of every other month.

RoadPeace also holds two meetings for families bereaved by road deaths abroad twice a year.

Meeting dates for 2017
Thursday26th October 20176.30-8.30pm
(Road Deaths Abroad) Tuesday14th November 20176.30-8.30pm
These meetings are facilitated by RoadPeace member Pam Coling and supported by Belina Rauli (RoadPeace Support Services Manager) and Cynthia Barlow (RoadPeace Chair).

For further information contact our Support Services Manager, Belina Rauli on 020 7733 1603 or email helpline@roadpeace.org.

Other local activities:
Other local activities include:
  • Roadside vigils
  • An annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims service held at St James's Church, Piccadilly. This annual ceremony will be taking place on Sunday 19th November 2017 at 2.30pm.
Our West Midlands group meets bi-monthly in Birmingham on the third Wednesday of every other month.

Meeting dates for 2017
Wednesday22nd October 20176.00-8.00pm
Wednesday20th December 20176.00-8.00pm
These meetings are facilitated by RoadPeace members Lucy Harrison (Local Group Coordinator) and Jane Evans (Group Facilitator)

For further information contact our Support Services Manager, Belina Rauli on 020 7733 1603 or email helpline@roadpeace.org.

Other local activities:
Other local activities include:
  • Ceremony of Remembrance in August at the RoadPeace Wood, National Arboretum, Staffordshire
Our North West group meets bi-monthly in Merseyside on the first Wednesday of every other month.

Meeting dates for 2017
Wednesday1st November 20177.00-9.00pm
Meetings are held at the Merseyside Police Headquarters and hosted by Pauline Fielding (North West Local group Coordinator) with representatives from Merseyside Police.

The North West Group also hold support meetings for families bereaved by road crashes thanks to funding from the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership.

Meeting dates for 2017
Friday6th October 20172.00-4.00pm
Friday1st December 20172.00-4.00pm
Meetings are held at the Central Library in William Brown Street, Liverpool and facilitated by Pauline Fielding and Mary Goodchild (Group Facilitator).

For further information contact our Support Services Manager, Belina Rauli on 020 7733 1603 or email helpline@roadpeace.org.

Other local activities:
Other local activities include:
  • An annual Ceremony of Remembrance held on 31st August at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
  • An annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims service held at St George’s Hall