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 10am – 1pm.
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 116 123.
  • 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

Our next London Resilience Training Programme will be as follows:

Wednesday, 19th September 2018 (6.30pm - 8.30pm)
Wednesday, 26th September 2018 (6.30pm - 8.30pm)
Wednesday, 3rd October 2018 (6.30pm - 8.30pm)
Wednesday, 10th October 2018 (6.30pm - 8.30pm)
Wednesday, 17th October 2018 (6.30pm - 8.30pm)
Wednesday, 24th October 2018 (6.30pm - 8.30pm)

 

"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.

They 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 2019
Wednesday9th January 20196.30-8.30pm
Wednesday13th March 20196.30-8.30pm
Wednesday8th May 20196.30-8.30pm
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 18th November 2018 at 2.30pm.
Our West Midlands group meets bi-monthly in Birmingham on the third Wednesday of every other month.

Meeting dates for 2018
Wednesday9th January 20196.00-8.00pm
Wednesday13th March 20196.00-8.00pm
Wednesday8th May 20196.00-8.00pm
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 2019
Wednesday9th January 20197.00-9.00pm
Wednesday13th March 20197.00-9.00pm
Wednesday8th May 20197.00-9.00pm
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 2018
Friday3rd August 20182.00-4.00pm
Friday5th October 20182.00-4.00pm
Friday7th December 20182.00-4.00pm
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
Our South West group meets at Metcalfes Solicitors, 46-48 Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4LY

For further information and if you would like to attend a meeting please contact Kate at kate.uzzellk@gmail.com.

Memorial stone for road crash victims in the South West
The memorial stone has been created to recognise and remember the lives lost and broken on roads across the South West region.

The unveiling and dedication of this new memorial took place at a ceremony on Saturday 22 May. Over 100 people attended and listened to moving and supportive words from Don Foster - MP for Bath, Inspector Jon Hext - Head of Collision Investigation for Avon and Somerset Police, Jon Day - Avon Fire and Rescue and Councillor Ian Dewey, Bath & North East Somerset Council.

The memorial was dedicated by Rev Martin Lloyd Williams of St Michael's Church in Bath followed by two minutes silence. Seven doves were then released, representing each of the seven counties of the South West of England and also representing the seven people who are killed every day on Britain's roads.

The memorial is located in the centre of Bath on Lower Borough Walls (BA1 1QR).
To find out more about our North East group and for meeting dates please contact our local group coordinator David Robinson at davidrobinson@thompsons.law.co.uk.
Our Scotland group meetings bi-monthly in Edinburgh.

Meeting dates for 2019
Wednesday9th January 20196.00-8.00pm


Meetings are held at Watermans Solicitors, The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6RG. For further information place contact our local group coordinator Joan Strachan at roadpeacescotland@gmail.com.

To find out more about our Exeter group and for meeting dates please contact our local group coordinator Jeff Baker at jeffbaker@talktalk.net.