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

Upcoming programmes

The next programme will be held in Avon and Somerset and begin on Thursday 4th February 2021, 6.00pm - 8.00pm thanks to funding from Avon and Somerset Road Safety Community Fund.

"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 Wednesday of every other month.

Due to current restrictions, all meetings will be held online using Zoom.

Meeting dates for 2021
Wednesday13th January 20216.30-8.30pm
Wednesday10th March 20216.30-8.30pm
Wednesday12th May 20216.30-8.30pm
Wednesday14th July 20216.30-8.30pm
Wednesday8th September 20216.30-8.30pm
Wednesday10th November 20216.30-8.30pm
These meetings are facilitated by RoadPeace member Pam Coling and supported by Belina Rauli (RoadPeace Director of Support Services) and Cynthia Barlow (RoadPeace Chair).

For further information contact our Director of Support Services, 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 on Sunday 21st November 2021.
Our West Midlands group meets bi-monthly in Birmingham on the third Wednesday of every other month.

Due to current restrictions, all meetings will be held online using Zoom.

Meeting dates for 2021
Wednesday20th January 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday17th March 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday19th May 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday21st July 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday22nd September 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday17th November 20216.00-8.00pm
Meetings are held at St Martin in the Bullring, Edgbaston Street , Birmingham, B5 5BB and facilitated by RoadPeace members Lucy Harrison (Local Group Coordinator) and Jane Evans (Group Facilitator)

On alternate months, our West Midlands group will be hosting virtual coffee mornings on the second Sunday of the month.

Meeting dates for 2021
Sunday14th February 202110.00-11.00am
Sunday11th April 202110.00-11.00am
Sunday13th June 202110.00-11.00am
Sunday8th August 202110.00-11.00am
Sunday10th October 202110.00-11.00am
Sunday12th December 202110.00-11.00am
For further information contact our Director of Support Services, 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
  • An annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims service held on Sunday 21st November 2021.
Our North West group meets bi-monthly in Merseyside on the first Wednesday of every other month.

Due to current restrictions, all meetings will be held online using Zoom.

Meeting dates for 2021
Wednesday6th January 20217.30pm
Wednesday3rd March 20217.30pm
Wednesday5th May 20217.30pm
Wednesday7th July 20217.30pm
Wednesday1st September 20217.30pm
Wednesday3rd November 20217.30pm
Meetings are held at the Merseyside Police Headquarters, Canning Place, Liverpool, L1 8JX and hosted by Pauline Fielding (North West Local group Coordinator) with representatives from Merseyside Police.

For security reasons we request attendees let us know their names and car registration if driving in advance. This can be done by phone or email.


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 2021
Friday5th February 20212.00pm
Friday5th March 20212.00pm
Friday9th April 20212.00pm
Friday7th May 20212.00pm
Friday4th June 20212.00pm
Friday2nd July 20212.00pm
Friday6th August 20212.00pm
Friday3rd September 20212.00pm
Friday1st October 20212.00pm
Friday5th November 20212.00pm
Friday3rd December 20212.00pm
Meetings are held in the Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BT and facilitated by Pauline Fielding and Mary Goodchild (Group Facilitator).

For further information contact our Director of Support Services, 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 monthly in Bristol. Meetings alternate between the second Saturday and the second Tuesday of the month.

Due to current restrictions, all meetings will be held online using Zoom.

Meeting dates for 2021
Saturday9th January 202110.00am -12.00pm
Tuesday9th February 20216.00pm - 8.00pm
Saturday13th March 202110.00am -12.00pm
Tuesday13th April 20216.00pm -8.00pm
Saturday8th May 202110.00am -12.00pm
Tuesday8th June 20216.00pm -8.00pm
Saturday10th July 202110.00am -12.00pm
Tuesday10th August 20216.00pm - 8.00pm
Saturday11th September 202110.00am -12.00pm
Tuesday12th October 20216.00pm -8.00pm
Saturday13th November 202110.00am -12.00pm
Tuesday14th December 20216.00pm -8.00pm
Meetings are held at Metcalfes Solicitors, 46-48 Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4LY and facilitated by RoadPeace South West Local Group Coordinator Kate Uzzell.

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 Director of Support Services, Belina Rauli on 020 7733 1603 or email helpline@roadpeace.org.
To find out more about our Scotland group and for meeting dates please contact our Director of Support Services, Belina Rauli on 020 7733 1603 or email helpline@roadpeace.org.
Our East Midlands support group meets bi-monthly on the third Tuesday.

Due to current restrictions, all meetings will be held online using Zoom.

Meeting dates for 2021
Tuesday16th February 20216.30-8.30pm
Tuesday20th April 20216.30-8.30pm
Tuesday15th June 20216.30-8.30pm
Tuesday17th August 20216.30-8.30pm
Tuesday19th October 20216.30-8.30pm
Tuesday21st December 20216.30-8.30pm
These meetings are facilitated by RoadPeace member Iris Yee (East Midlands Local Group Coordinator).

For further information contact our Director of Support Services, Belina Rauli on 020 7733 1603 or email helpline@roadpeace.org.
Our South Wales support group for bereaved families meets bi-monthly on the first Wednesday .

Due to current restrictions, all meetings will be held online using Zoom.

Meeting dates for 2021
Wednesday3rd February 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday7th April 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday2nd June 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday4th August 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday6th October 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday1st December 20216.00-8.00pm
On alternate months we will also be holding support group meetings for injured victims on the first Wednesday.
Meeting dates for 2021
Wednesday6th January 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday3rd March 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday5th May 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday7th July 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday1st September 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday3rd November 20216.00-8.00pm
These meetings are being supported by Hugh James (RoadPeace Legal Panel Member).

For further information contact our Director of Support Services, Belina Rauli on 020 7733 1603 or email helpline@roadpeace.org.
Our West Mercia support group for bereaved families meets bi-monthly on the last Wednesday .

Due to current restrictions, all meetings will be held online using Zoom.

Meeting dates for 2021
Wednesday27th January 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday31st March 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday26th May 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday29th September 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday24th November 20216.00-8.00pm
On alternate months we will also be holding support group meetings for injured victims on the last Wednesday.
Meeting dates for 2021
Wednesday24th February 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday28th April 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday30th June 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday25th August 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday27th October 20216.00-8.00pm
Wednesday29th December 20216.00-8.00pm
These meetings are being supported by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner.

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