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Project information

RoadPeace Resilience Building Programme

To help family members cope with the trauma of road death bereavement. This is a 6 week program for bereaved families. Working in small groups participants learn about the physiological impacts of traumatic bereavement, coping strategies & also benefit from being with others in a similar situation

April 2018 - May 2018

Charity information: RoadPeace

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  • Need


    The suddenness and unexpected nature of a road death can result in traumatic, complex and extended grief. Many suffer from symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These symptoms, unaddressed, can persist for years after the death. Post-crash procedures can aggravate suffering & further re-traumatise families. This complex grief can result in a sense of social isolation as the bereaved can find it difficult to communicate with those who have not had the same experience.


    The Resilience Building Programme is a six-week support programme for those bereaved by crashes. Working in groups with trained facilitators, the programme enables participants to meet with others with similar experiences. Participants gain coping skills to deal with the associated PTSD symptoms, gaining a better understanding of the range of mental and physical symptoms that occur naturally as a reaction to an unnatural death.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduced social isolation


    » Through enabling families to meet others similarly bereaved.

    What success will look like

    Through weekly telephone follow up with all participants and gathering feedback via questionnaires at the end of the programme.

    Aim 2

    Decreased levels of stress, anxiety and depression


    » Through practicing a range of relaxation and mindfulness techniques to cope better with stressful situations and traumatic reactions.

    What success will look like

    Through weekly telephone follow up and re-administering the screening process at the end of the programme to compare before/ after scores relating to PTSD symptoms.

    Aim 3

    Better understanding of symptoms relating to PTSD and the physiological impact of traumatic death.


    » Through providing education about how the brain processes traumatic events and the impact this has on individual reactions.

    What success will look like

    Through group and one to one feedback from participants regarding each session and asking them to rate their level of understanding of traumatic loss from a scale of 1 - 10.

    Aim 4

    Supportive friendship groups created and better familial relationships.


    » Through encouraging peer support through group work and exploring how other family members react to traumatic loss and grief (covered in session 6).

    What success will look like

    As mentioned above, through weekly telephone follow up with all participants and gathering feedback via questionnaires at the end of the programme.

    Aim 5

    Decreased levels of PTSD symptoms and a healthier life style.


    » Through using CBT methods and practicing exercises to cope with reminders and intrusive memories and setting goals to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

    What success will look like

    As mentioned above, through re-administering the screening process at the end of the programme to compare before/ after scores relating to PTSD symptoms.

  • Impact


    - Improved mental and physical health
    - Change outlooks and attitudes
    - Improved knowledge about traumatic loss - Better support for family, friends and children
    -Encourage social interaction
    -Reduce drugs and alcohol consumption

    Following completion of the programme, RoadPeace will follow up with all participants 6- months later and re-administer the initial screening process to establish whether further improvements have occurred and the difference the programme has made in the longer term.


    Risk: Low number of referrals
    Mitigating action - to ensure we publicise widely and cover all referral routes ensuring they have all the necessary information to hand to families e.g.FLOs, media, coroner courts, existing RoadPeace members, bereavement charities etc.

    Risk: Work overload on staff
    Mitigating action: RoadPeace will train volunteers to carry out lengthy screening processes, allowing for more staff time to be allocated to publicising and coordinating the delivery of the programme.


    We will submit an extended evaluation report at project end including:
    - Financial expenditure against budget
    - Evaluation report on outcomes for the project, including where victims have demonstrated clear indicators of coping
    - Overview of feedback collected from participants.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,440 Facilitators 1 supervising facilitator at £75.00 per session. 3 co-facilitators at £55.00 per session
      £113 Refreshments Tea, coffee and biscuits
      £326 Travel At £12.10 each (Zone 1-6 travel card off peak) for 4 facilitators and RoadPeace staff travel
      £121 Stationary At £5.64 for 14 Resilience Journal and £20.00 for materials
      £3,000 Staffing Support Services Manager at £240 x 10 days and Admin at £200 x 3 days
  • Background


    A road death is as sudden and violent as a murder but more common with five people
    killed every day in the UK. 136 people were killed on London’s roads in 2015, and 1,956
    seriously injured (Transport for London, 2016). Families are traumatised, isolated and
    made vulnerable by sudden bereavement, thrown into an unfamiliar criminal justice


    Family members and close friends who've been bereaved through a road crash. Participants usually take part within the first 6 months - 2 years of their bereavement.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As the national charity for road crash victims we have the specialist expertise, the track record & the established partnerships to provide the support required. We provide information & support to people bereaved or injured in crashes and engage in evidence-based campaigning for improvements to the justice system & for safer streets. Their grief is unique due to the suddenness & violence of their loved one's death & due to the complexities in the way their cases are handled.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Belina Rauli

    Belina will be coordinating the over all delivery of the programme including publicity, training and supervision and monitoring and evaluation.