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Project information

Supporting road death victims and witnesses

To sustain, maintain and improve upon the RVT provision of free emotional and practical support to those residents of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire affected by the trauma and bereavement of a fatal road collision. To ensure that every person so affected receives a quality service.

April 2018 - March 2020

Charity information: Road Victims Trust

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  • Need


    Over the last ten years more than 1250 people have been killed on the roads in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. The emotional and practical needs of road victims (including witnesses) are similar to victims of murder or manslaughter. If unsupported road victims can suffer long-term problems including, ill-health, anxiety, depression, stress disorders and other persistent mental health problems. The early intervention of emotional and practical support gives hope to those in need.


    The project addresses the lack of statutory support for road victims . By providing free emotional and practical support, through professional Clinical staff and specialist trained Counselling Volunteers, road victim beneficiaries will experience improved well-being and reduced psychological problems. The early intervention of RVT specialist services will allow victims to begin to adjust and cope with life post collision.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To maintain and improve the quality of support provided to people affected by fatal road collisions


    » Through prudent financial planning, secure sufficient funds to cover the costs of service delivery in the current year 2018-2019 and beyond
    » Closely monitor performance in the three counties to ensure delivery of the best possible care and support and to assess outcomes of this service.
    » Recruit and train sufficient Counselling Volunteers to meet the needs of victims and witnesses across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the provision of a quality and timely service that provides practical and emotional support to all persons affected by a road death across the 3 counties.

  • Impact


    The project will continue to close the gap in relation to the lack of support services available to address the specific emotional and practical needs of people affected by fatal road collisions. We will use the experience built up since 1995 to provide the specialist support required by victims and witnesses of fatal road collisions. We will demonstrate success both in the number of people supported and the outcomes of support provision.


    The potential to lose key skills and competences in any small organisation (Staff and Trustees) is always present and this lack of resilience could affect the project. To mitigate against this risk we will carry out a Staffing review that seeks to address any shortfall in relation to this. On-going income versus expenditure remains a risk. We have introduced a new financial strategy that seeks to optimise our opportunities to diversify our funding bases across the 3 counties.


    Donors, with their consent, will receive regular communications by way of a quarterly newsletter, Facebook and twitter. This will be carried out by the Fundraising manager who will ensure that any changes to the project plan are notified to all potential donors and supporters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £310,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £200,000 Staff costs Inc support of volunteers
      £40,000 Recruit volunteers Recruit, train and deploy volunteers
      £40,000 Office costs Inc post, printing, publicity etc, fundraising and marketing
      £30,000 Volunteer exp's. Volunteer expenses and supervision

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Police and Crime Commissioners £160,000 Guaranteed
    Panacea Society £5,000 Guaranteed
    Wixamtree £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire are all shire counties with a mix of rural and urban conurbations and major arterial routes such as the M25, M1, A1 and A14. Road collisions do not discriminate by population, wealth, age, religion or ethnicity. The risk of experiencing road death is equal to everyone. We will seek to have a spread of volunteers across each county in order to be readily accessible to all communities and clients.


    All persons affected by a road death who reside within the three counties. This includes individuals, families and communities who have suffered the shock, horror and trauma of fatal road collisions. Our experience shows that for each road fatality at least four people are affected and seek support. This number can be far higher. Emotional and practical support is offered both in the short and longer term for as long as it is useful to victims and witnesses. 550 people were supported last year,

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Road Victims Trust has over 23 years experience in supporting victims and witnesses of fatal road collisions. During this time we have acquired considerable expertise and knowledge in the provision of emotional and practical support to those bereaved by a road death. This type of support quite simply is not available anywhere else within county, and the services provided are unparalleled nationally. The Counselling Volunteers receive the best possible training and supervision.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Frances Bourne

    Frances is a qualified Integrative Psychotherapist responsible for service design and delivery and was integral in the expansion into Hertfordshire.

    Mark Turner

    As project manager Mark will draw from his experiences of working in a strategic management position gained during 30 years Police service .