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Project information

My Voice, My Story

Every year INQUEST helps hundreds of families of people who have died in custody, detention or following police contact. Families want to be heard during the inquest process following a death. Film and photography can be powerful tools for expressing emotion and raising questions.

12 months

Charity information: INQUEST Charitable Trust

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  • Need


    An inquest or investigation into the death in custody or detention can take months and often years. In the case of Hillsborough, it took 27 years to conclude that fans were unlawfully killed. Families will tell us that it is difficult to grieve whilst an inquest is ongoing, leaving them isolated from their communities and unable to move forward with their lives. Children and young people in particular can feel voiceless and families will tell us that schooling and friendships can suffer.


    We know that many of our families feel stigmatised and unsupported following a traumatic bereavement. Families also tell us they want to make a different and ensure that other families do not go through the same negative experience. By using multi-media tools, families will be supported to tell their stories about the person who has died and how it has impacted on those living with the loss whilst facing an often protracted investigation process.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce isolation amongst families living the loss of a loved one


    » bring families together in workshop settings to share experiences and support each other.
    » involve film makers and photographers to work with families to shape and plan the stories. Families will be involved at all stages including edit
    » all films, photography and multi-media will be shared via INQUEST's website.

    What success will look like

    Families will be able to give examples of how the project has helped them as a family, perceptions in the community and public understanding about their case

    Aim 2

    To raise awareness amongst the general public


    » Ensure wide dissemination through social media, and a youtube platform.
    » Place a feature article in a national newspaper - we already have very strong links with individual journalists.

    What success will look like

    The number of hits to watch the films - we would aim for over 200,000 hits

    Aim 3

    Influence policy makers


    » To use the project to feed into relevant policy thinking across government and official bodies.

    What success will look like

    The project will be quoted in parliamentary debates or in policy documents

  • Impact


    The project will change perceptions and attitudes towards families and people who have died in custody or detention. The project will contribute to improving systems and inquest processes, and ensure access to justice is strengthened. Individual institutions will introduce measures to prevent further deaths, such as better training for staff.


    The project is likely to be a very emotional journey for the families involved. We will ensure each family is supported by their individual case worker. This will be resource heavy and so we will aim to work in depth with a small number of families (up to 10) who will be initially screened to ensure that they are ready to take part in the project.


    Donors will receive a monthly newsletter style report setting out progress and achievements. All donors will be invited to a launch event.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 film workshops Holding 3 workshops for family members across england
      £8,000 short films Cost of making one short film and different segments
      £3,000 salary cost support worker to be with families
      £1,000 admin organising events, print, postage
  • Background


    The families we work with are located across England. A significant proportion of the families we work with are from BAME backgrounds and/or facing issues of poverty. INQUEST has a strong tradition of working with families in an empowering way, going back 30 years.


    We expect all families that we work with to benefit from a change in public awareness and engagement with inquests following a contentious death. At any given time, we are working on an average of 700 families. Whilst we are planning to involve a very small number of families in making the films (up to 10), we will encourage other families to offer peer support through workshops and our facebook page.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only organisation in England and Wales with a sole focus on deaths in custody and detention. Our work extends to all contentious deaths where there has been state responsibility or a case for corporate accountability. We are particularly focused on vulnerable groups - women, children, BAME. All our work has families at the heart, and it cuts across case work, policy and research. We have a long history of working with families in an empowering way.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Raji Hunjan

    She is the Operations Director, responsible for project managing all our work and ensuring quality and delivery.

    Natasha Thompson

    She is a trainee caseworker who has a good overview of all our families and will co-ordinate their involvement.

    Anita Sharma

    She is a senior caseworker who works closely with families to advise on legal issues. She will help families plan their stories.

    Marilyn Boulos

    She is a volunteer with extensive experience of supporting bereaved families. she will offer addition support to families.