Project information

Asbestos Awareness - Future Generations

We plan to raise awareness amongst young people in Wales about asbestos, dangers, consequences and support. We will work closely with schools, colleges, universities and libraries to deliver sessions & activities including the launch of a competition for students to make a video about our work.

April 2017 - April 2018

Charity information: Asbestos Awareness & Support Cymru Limited

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  • Need


    It is hard to believe, but asbestos can still be found in some schools, colleges and universities. We hear regularly of teachers, lecturers, caretakers, cleaners and even children who have lost their lives because of asbestos exposure. In Wales there are over 200 deaths from diagnosed asbestos related illnesses each year. Also many people diagnosed with terminal asbestos related diseases feel isolated and struggle to know how to get support during their illness - we can help.


    We hope our project will help future generations to know more about asbestos & make them aware of associated risks so that in line with the Welsh Governments Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and Every Child Matters, there will be a healthier Wales for younger generations whereby prevention is better than cure. We hope understanding by the young will lead to better support for people currently suffering with asbestos related illnesses in the areas our project will be delivered.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Educate future generations about asbestos


    » Deliver awareness raising sessions through the use of displays and presentations.
    » Prepare and provide leaflets and booklets about asbestos, dangers, consequences and support available.
    » Launch a competition aimed at students to research and develop a short film about asbestos in Wales and the work of a-a-s-c.
    » Be available at our sessions & via our helpline to offer one to one support to children, young people and their families about any asbestos concerns

    What success will look like

    *Keep records of the people and groups we work with.
    *Via the film created during the project
    *Via any increase to our helpline
    *Via an end of project report and event

    Aim 2

    Increase understanding of asbestos related support and care that is available


    » We plan to lauch our project at the Senedd, Cardiff in April maximising media and public awareness.
    » We will prepare literature about our work and other support that is available to victims of asbestos related illnesses and their families.
    » We will signpost and direct people to professionals and allied health workers able to provide support and care to victims and their families.
    » A video will be developed which will be available to see on our website towards the project end about the work of a-a-s-c and other organisations

    What success will look like

    *Via any increase/decrease of calls to our helpline
    *Via an end of project report and event

    Aim 3

    Encourage some young people to consider further research and a possible medical career.


    » We will raise awareness via displays, literature & presentations about asbestos related illnesses and the need for more medical research & attention.

    What success will look like

    *Collect feedback young people we deliver our sessions
    * keep links with schools, colleges and universities to follow career choices.
    *Via an end of project report and event

    Aim 4

    Engage young people generating understanding & empathy, leading to a more caring society


    » Through our sessions we will launch arts, cultural and social activities with asbestos related themes to capture young imaginations.
    » We will launch a film making competition amongst students to produce a video about the work of a-a-s-c and other organisations.

    What success will look like

    *Via the film created during the project
    *Via artwork created during the project
    *Via and end of project report and event

    Aim 5

    Reduce future instances of asbestos and other work related diseases.


    » In our displays, literature and presentations, we will share the facts about asbestos and risks involved in asbestos and other work related exposure.

    What success will look like

    *Via any increase/decrease of calls to our helpline
    *Monitor and compare future regional statistics on asbestos related diseases
    *Via an end of project report and event

  • Impact


    We hope the project will increase understanding amongst future generations, so that asbestos related diseases and support available is not such a mystery to society, particularly in the areas of Wales with a large industrial heritage We hope this will lead to a more caring and compassionate society and one that will be able to support present generations suffering with asbestos related illnesses. 40 years from now we hope there will be reduced numbers of asbestos related diseases in Wales.


    We have the information, enthusiasm, motivation and support of other organisations to deliver this project, the only thing holding us back is funding. If we are unable to raise all the funds that we need we will consider reducing the number of locations we deliver our project too. This will however be a last resort as we want our project to reach as many future generations as possible.


    We will launch our project at the Senedd in Cardiff and will prepare an end of project report and deliver an end of project event to share the results and best practice of our project. We will also update donors throughout our project via our website and social media channels.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £39,588

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      Amount Heading Description
      £17,000 Information Display boards, banners, leaflets, flyers & booklets
      £15,088 Staff Staff time, travel expenses & Disclosure & Barring Service Check x2
      £2,500 Communication Planning & delivery of Senedd Event, Upgrade & development of website
      £5,000 Engaging Art activities, social events and video production
  • Background


    We plan eventually to roll this project out across Wales, but for this initial year we intend to focus our work in the disadvantaged areas of Llanelli, Port Talbot, Cardiff and Milford Haven, areas which we feel are most likely to benefit from our awareness raising project, considering their industrial heritage. We plan to approach schools, colleges, universities and libraries to deliver our sessions.


    Our project will directly benefit at least 300 children and young people aged between 11 and 25. The project will also benefit teachers, teaching assistants, caretakers, cleaners, library staff and visitors to libraries. Indirectly our project could reach many more people, as children and young people share what they have learnt with families and friends. Particularly important for any families in the areas that we are working in that may be experienceing asbestos related issues.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a national charity in Wales dedicated to raising awareness & providing support to people with illnesses caused by asbestos. We are a small charity, but one with great passion and expertise. Co-founder Joanne Barnes Manning has personal experience of Mesothelioma in her family and Lorna Johns has years of experience as Director of a hospice for terminally ill people in Pembrokeshire. We know from feedback we receive how vital our service is to so many people who depend on our work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lorna Johns

    As Strategic, Research and Development, Lorna will be instrumental in the development and delivery of the project.

    Joanne Barnes Manning

    Will contribute her community experience & personal understanding to the development of the project & will expertly deliver awareness raising sessions