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Brake Ball 2020

 

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     The Brake Ball 2020

Join us this November for an unforgettable evening of fun, food and fundraising, all in aid of raising vital funds to help us continue our dedicated work preventing road death and injury and supporting those who have been bereaved or injured in road crashes.

 

Ball

                

             Event details

When? 28th November 2020
Where? The Leeds Marriot Hotel.
Price? £50 per person or £450 per table of 10.

Tickets are now on sale: https://bit.ly/2TnCgYl.

 

Team Brake

 

Within your ticket price

Drinks reception
Three course meal + wine
Live music
Prosecco raffle
Music 'til late

 

For more information, please email fundraise@brake.org.ukor call 01484 559909

 

FAQs

Where is the Ball taking place?

At the Leeds Marriot Hotel, 4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6ET.

How much are tickets?

Tickets are £50 per person or £450 per table of 10.

How can I buy tickets for the Brake Ball?

Tickets available

Is there an age restriction?

Due to the timing and nature of the event, children below the age of 14 will not be admitted into the Ball. All guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and all guests will be required to hold a full price ticket.

What can I expect on the night?

You will be received at the Leeds Marriot Hotel by a red carpet arrival and a complimentary welcome drink.

This will be followed by a three course meal, with complimentary wine, and tea and coffee.

During the evening you can participate in a raffle, including our amazing prosecco raffle, fundraising games and much more including live music!

What’s the dress code?

Black tie for the gentlemen and formal evening wear for the ladies.

We encourage attendees to come wearing a hint of red, in support of Brake.

What are the timings for the Brake Ball?

The running order for the Ball is as follows;

7.30pm - Arrival and drinks reception
8.00pm - Dinner service starts
12:00am - Event finishes

All attendees will be notified should there be any changes.

When will I get my tickets?

Paper tickets will not be issued for this event. Your email confirmation doubles as your ticket. On arrival at the Ball you will be greeted by a Brake member of staff who will have a full list of attendees.

Do I have to accompany my guests to the ball?

No, all guests are welcome to arrive on their own. We will have their names on our arrivals list.

Can I sit with friends?

We will endeavor to sit all those in the same booking together. 

If you have friends who have booked separately, please email fundraise@brake.org.uk to advise that you wish to be seated together.

Can I book a table before I have the names of all my guests?

Yes, you can purchase a table in your name and let us know the names of guests by no later than Friday 1st November. Please email us at fundraise@brake.org.uk to confirm.

What is the menu on the evening?

There will be a choice of a meat or vegetarian menu on the night.

Standard option:
Starter - Roast squash and pumpkin soup
Main - Chicken Supreme, thyme buttered shallots, potato gratin
Dessert - Milk chocolate cheesecake, vanilla sauce

Vegetarian option:
Starter - Roast squash and pumpkin soup
Main - Spiced butternut squash, sweet potato, ginger, coconut milk & jasmine rice
Dessert - Chocolate orange bread and butter pudding

Please note, guests can pick either the meat or the vegetarian option - the options cannot be mixed.

Please notify us of all dietary requirements at fundraise@brake.org.uk.

I have special dietary requirements, will you cater for that?

We can check with the hotel if notified in advance. There will be an opportunity to flag up any special dietary requirements when purchasing tickets.  Alternatively, let us know via email at fundraise@brake.org.uk by Friday 1st November.

Is there accommodation available on the night?

We have secured a discount for overnight accommodation at the Leeds Marriot Hotel for those who are attending the ball; this is £147 for bed and breakfast for single occupancy and £157 for bed and breakfast for double occupancy. 

Once you have booked tickets for the event, we will provide you with a special link to these discount prices upon request.

For more information email fundraise@brake.org.uk.

How do I get to the hotel?

The hotel is easily accessible by train. Leeds train station is only a five minute walk from the hotel.

Car parking is also available nearby, but we do encourage the use of public transport where possible.

Click here for more information.

Will parking be available?

There is parking available near the hotel for a fee.

Brake would highly recommend that attendees either order a taxi to take you home, or use the discounted hotel rates available to stay overnight.

I can’t attend the Brake Ball, how can I donate?

Thank you for your kind offer. Donations to Brake can be made at www.brake.org.uk/donate

 

Charities that promote road safety

You may wish to help promote road safety issues. There are several organisations that do this. Some also offer advice and support to road crash victims and have support helplines.

Brake, the road safety charity
Promotes road safety through community education programmes, resources and national and local campaigning by staff and a network of volunteers. Coordinates national Road Safety Week. Its support division provides services for people affected by road crashes, including free support literature for adults and children (including this guide), a helpline, website information, and contact with people who have suffered a similar experience.

Helpline: 0808 8000 401

Email: helpline@brake.org.uk

To join, volunteer and for all road safety queries: 01484 559909 or email brake@brake.org.uk

W: www.brake.org.uk and www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk

Brake, PO Box 548, Huddersfield, HD1 2XZ

 

RoadPeace, the road victim charity

Established in 1992, RoadPeace campaigns for justice for victims and road danger reduction, including through local groups and the Safer Streets Coalition. RoadPeace’s national helpline for crash victims offers information and support based on expertise, empathy and understanding, supported by free literature written from the perspective of road victims and the experience of thousands of cases.

Helpline: 0845 4500 355 (open 5 days a week, 9am-5pm)     

E: helpline@roadpeace.org

W: www.roadpeace.org            T: 020 7733 1603       

E: info@roadpeace.org

 

RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents)

RoSPA’s road safety department raises awareness about the causes of road crashes and promotes measures to help prevent them. This charity does not provide support services for road crash victims.

T: 0121 248 2000        E: help@rospa.com     W: www.rospa.com

RoSPA House, 28 Calthorpe Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 1RP

 

SCARD (Support and Care After Road Death & Injury)

Working in partnership with CADD (Campaign Against Drinking and Driving)

Two charities working together providing emotional and practical support to anyone bereaved, injured or affected by a road death or injury. Offers road safety education workshops for schools and organisations.

They offer a helpline staffed by experienced volunteers 365 days a year. They will also help you access counselling and legal advice.

Helpline: 0845 123 5542 (open 7 days a week, 9am-9pm)

Office: 01484 723649

E: info@scard.org.uk     W: www.scard.org.uk

SCARD, Floor 1, 16 Market Street, Brighouse, HD6 1AP

Charity calls on nurseries: run a Beep Beep! Day this Spring to save little lives

11 April 2014

Brake, the road safety charity
news@brake.org.uk

Anyone working with children aged two to seven can host a Beep Beep! Day on a day of their choice, as part of this UK-wide initiative by Brake andChurchill Car Insurance, which involved 27,000 children last year.

Beep Beep! Days involve running creative, educational activities using guidance and resources from Brake, such as creating a poster of hand prints saying ‘we hold hands’, singing road safety songs and baking traffic light biscuits. The activities teach tots the road safety basics and encourage parents to consider the vital steps they need to take to keep their family safe. Children taking part can raise funds in support of Brake’s work campaigning for safer roads and supporting bereaved and injured crash victims.

Beep Beep! Days are also a great way for nurseries, playgroups and parents to get behind Brake’s GO 20 campaign.GO 20 calls for safer roads in communities so families can walk and cycle for their health, enjoyment and sustainable travel. Brake is calling for action from authorities to make walking and cycling safer, and appealing to drivers to slow down to 20mph around homes, schools and shops.Brake can send out a GO 20 press release to local media for Beep Beep! Day participants, to get the message out.

REGISTER!Nurseries, playgroups, childminders, infant schools and children’s centres can sign up now to run a Beep Beep! Day and receive a FREE bumper resource pack, including posters, stickers and activity ideas. Go towww.brake.org.uk/beepbeepday,call 01484 559909 or emailbeepbeep@brake.org.uk.

Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, says:As the weather warms up and more families start getting out and about, spring is an ideal time for nurseries and playgroups to promote road safety, to help save little lives. Organising a Beep Beep! Day is a fun, simple way to teach tots and infants the road safety basics, plus it’s great for persuading parents and everyone in the area that protecting children on roads is vital. Brake provides a bumper pack of resources to help you run a great Beep Beep! Day and get the road safety message out. We can also help publicise your event through local media, appealing to drivers to slow down to protect families in your community. We’re calling on anyone who works with two to seven year-olds to register to be part of this life-saving initiative.”

Steve Barrett, head of Motor new business at Churchill Insurance, said: “We are proud to once again be supporting Beep Beep! Day, an initiative that helps hundreds of nurseries and playgroups across the UK raise awareness about road safety. Too many children are injured or killed on our roads each day. Beep Beep! Day is a great way to start educating tots and infants on road safety, as well as raising awareness among drivers, including parents and grandparents, of the need to drive with extreme care when young children are about.”

About children’s road safety
Traffic is the second biggest killer of children, and the biggest non-medical killer [1]. In 2012, 61 children were killed and 2,211 were seriously injured on UK roads: that’s six under-16s seriously hurt or killed each day. The majority (85%) of children killed or seriously injured on roads are on foot or bicycle [2].

About Brake
Brake is an independent road safety charity, originating in the UK in 1995 and now with domestic operations in the UK and New Zealand, and working globally to promote action on road safety.

Brake exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaigns,community education, a Fleet Safety Forum, services for road safety practitioners, and by coordinating the UK’s flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week.Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.


Churchill
Founded in 1989, Churchill is now one of the UK's leading providers of general insurance, offering car, home, travel and pet insurance cover over the phone or on-line.

Churchill general insurance policies are underwritten by U K Insurance Limited, Registered office: The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4AZ. Registered in England No 1179980. U K Insurance Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Churchill and U K Insurance Limited are both part of Direct Line Insurance Group plc. 

Customers can find out more about Churchill products or get a quote by calling 0800 200300 or visiting www.churchill.com

End notes
[1 ]Death registrations in England and Wales: Table 2 Deaths by age, sex and underlying cause, 2010 registrations, ONS, 2011
[2] Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2012 annual report, Department for Transport, 2013

Charity of the Year

Make Brake your Charity of the Year

A charity of the year partnership is a great way to unite and motivate employees. Brake can provide you with our experience in this area, ensuring you COTY2have access to lots of charity fundraising resources, ideas and support to build a successful partnership with us that benefits both Brake and you. 

Why support Brake?
Every day, five UK police officers have to break the news to five families, that their loved one has been killed in a road crash.   A further 70 families every day learn that their loved one has been seriously injured, with many suffering brain damage, paralysis or limb loss.  

Brake is a national charity dedicated to preventing these road deaths and injuries from happening and to providing support for people bereaved or injured in road crashes.  

We work with different road users – from children and their parents, to young people learning to drive, to people who drive for work. We produce resources, run training and events and deliver community engagement project which raise awareness about road safety.   Brake’s support division is the national provider of support for road crash victims helping families whose lives have been devastated by a sudden death or serious injury.  It offers emotional support and practical information through a helpline and through support literature that is handed out by police following every fatal road crash in the UK.

Dedicated partnership managerCOTY 1
As your Charity of the Year, Brake will provide you with a dedicated member of staff who will work closely with you to design a partnership that meets your vision.

Tailored partnership
Brake would be delighted to build a bespoke partnership with your organisation, working with you on any specific needs and objectives you may have and helping to help you meet your corporate social responsibility objectives. 

We have a wide range of resources and fundraising materials which will help you promote events internally and externally., We will provide exciting and motivating fundraising and engagement ideas that met the aims of our relationship. Your partnership manager will work closely with you to create a bespoke calendar of activities for your staff to get involved, whatever their interests, from challenge events to in-house office fundraising ideas, we have something for everyone.

Why have a Charity of the Year?
Encouraging your staff to get behind a common goal helps with motivation and team bonding.   By selecting a Charity of the Year, you’re demonstrating to staff, customers, suppliers and your local community that you are an ethical business committed to giving back to society. By selecting Brake, you’re supporting a cause that affects everyone.  Whether a driver, cyclist or a pedestrian, or indeed all of these, everyone is affected by road safety and everyone benefits from increased awareness about the ways we can all keep each other safe when out and about.

For more information
If you are interested in knowing more about how you can partner with us please email  fundraise@brake.org.uk or ring Lisa on 01484 683294

 

 

Cycling to School

cycle4life_6Cycling to school can be a fun, healthy way for secondary school children to start the day. With training, and safe conditions, most secondary school children are capable of cycling independently. (Younger children shouldn’t cycle on their own unless there are off-road cycle facilities as their motor skills are still developing.) However, all too often heavy or fast moving traffic, lack of cycling facilities, narrow roads, or, in some rural areas, very hilly terrain, makes cycling to school unsafe or difficult. Ironically, up to one in five cars on the road at rush hour is on the school run.

In recognition of these issues, the government requires schools to draw up School Travel Plans with the help of their local authority in a bid to reduce traffic around schools. This includes identifying and working to address any barriers to children walking or cycling in safety, including lack of cycling facilities such as cycle paths. Some problems may be addressed easily, such as a need for children to be trained to cycle safely. Others may take longer or be more costly or even take years of campaigning for, such as a cycle paths. This depends on the authority in which you live and a range of issues such as practicalities of engineering works and available funds.

To find out what’s happening in your area, ask to see the School Travel Plan and ask about its progression. If you don’t think enough is happening, go to Cycle for life’s campaign page (listed below).

Useful links:
Bikeability the National Cycle Training standard and training programme run in schools
Bike It, a project run by the charity Sustrans, encouraging schools to increase numbers of children cycling safely to school.
Child Road Safety Strategy from the Department for Transport, including child cycling information.
Cycle for life’s campaign page
Cycle for life’s cycle training page
Department for Transport advice on School Travel Plans and cycling
Department for Transport guide for school travel plans for parents, teachers and governors
School Travel Plan.org includes basic information on getting started on a School Travel Plan - talk to your local authority for more details.
Sustrans Safe Routes to School Case Studies


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Give your time for Brake

If you have been bereaved or injured in a road crash, or just care deeply about road safety, then you can help by volunteering for Brake!

Read Brake's Volunteering Policy here.

Become a Friend of Brake:  We are calling upon individuals across the UK to become a VW1Friend of Brake and become the face of Brake within their community.  Do you have time on your hands to help promote local road safety campaigns, to organise fundraising activities and attend events on our behalf?  Would you like to work alongside other committed individuals to become local Brake representatives?  Please click here to find out more.

BrakeVoice: Brake is regularly asked, by the media, for local spokespeople who can talk about the effects of death and injury on roads on families and communities. If you have personal experience of death or injury as a result of a road crash (but are sufficiently recovered to talk about your case) and wish to talk to the media about the importance of using road safety, then give us a call (training is provided by Brake). Call Lisa, our volunteer manager on 01484 683294 or email her here: lkendall@brake.org.uk

Really want to volunteer for us, but haven’t got much time to spare? We recognise thatVW3 in recent years, people have changed the way that they want to volunteer.  People are busy and prefer quick and easy ways to support charitable causes, ones that can be done through their phone, or via their laptop rather than full days on a regular basis.  With this in mind, Brake has a number of ‘bite-sized’ microvolunteering opportunities which require minimal time commitment, but will still be beneficial to Brake, especially if large numbers of volunteers choose to support us in these ways.  Click hereto find out more.

Event volunteer: Could you help us at an event such as a county fair by bucket shaking or talking to people (perhaps at a local Rotary Club or Young Farmers group) about road safety? You must be prepared to talk to other people about key road safety issues such as the dangers of speeding, in line with Brake's campaigns, and not afraid to ask them to donate to a great cause! Contact our volunteer manager Lisa on 01484 683294 or email her here: lkendall@brake.org.uk

Volunteer police trainer: Have you been bereaved in a road crash, benefited from Brake's services, and are experienced in giving presentations? WeBrian Wilkie train you to deliver presentations to groups of police 'family liaison officers', explaining the needs of people bereaved in road crashes and our services using a power point presentation we provide and telling your personal story. We organise the speaking opportunities for you, according to your availability and the time you can give (this might be up to four a year, for example). (Please note: our trainers have all been bereaved at least three years previously and must feel they have made a sufficient recovery to take part.) Email Shane at  sbates@brake.org.uk with a covering note explaining why you think you could help.

Fundraise for us: Brake is a small charity and we rely heavily on the support of our fundraisers to help us with our life-saving work. Could you help us by fundraising for us? It could be as simple as collecting loose change, or baking cakes and selling them at work; through to the more adventurous opportunities, such as parachuting or running a marathon or 10K.   Every penny goes towards our dedicated work preventing road death and injury and supporting those bereaved or injured in road crashes, so we would be so grateful for your support.   Email fundraise@brake.org.uk to find out more or visit our fundraising pages

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GO 20 fundraising

GO 20GO 20 in aid of Brake

GO 20 is a campaign by Brake and a coalition of charities calling for action to make walking and cycling safer. When communities 'GO 20? by adopting a 20mph speed limit, and drivers understand those limits and GO 20 or below, it makes our communities safer, healthier, nicer places, helping to bring about fewer casualties, more walking and cycling and less pollution.

You can get behind this important campaign and promote safer roads in your community by GOing 20 yourself in aid of Brake. It's an especially great way to give back to Brake and raise awareness if you're campaigning for 20mph limits in your area.

You could swim 20 lengths, run 20km, or get a team of 20 together to bungee, skydive, buggy-push or anything else! You'll be helping Brake campaign for safer streets and support families devastated by road crashes. Here are a few ideas:

GO 20 on foot or bike

Get sponsored to run, cycle or walk 20 miles or km. You can even join forces with friends or colleagues to do it as a relay, covering 1mile/km each.

GO 20 in the pool

Why not do 20 laps of your local pool? Or get 20 people to swim 20 laps each!

GO 20 as a dare-devil team

Got nerves of steel? Get a team of 20 thrill seekers together to parachute or bungee for Brake.

GO 20 with the kids

Arrange a sponsored toddle or walk – perhaps 20 laps of your local park with swings and ice creams at the end!

GO 20 cycling bonanza

Arrange to take an exercise bike into your workplace or club and run an all-day cycling relay, with each person cycling for 20 minutes.

Got your own GO20 idea?

Get your thinking cap on and come up with your own GO 20 idea! Brake can provide you with a GO20 fundraising pack, containing:

- a Brake t-shirt

- balloons

- sponsorship forms

- posters and leaflets

- fundraising hints and tips

Brake can write a press release to send to local media to help raise awareness about the GO 20 campaign and the wonderful fundraising you're doing for us.

If you're interested contact Lisa on 01484 687257 or email fundraise@brake.org.uk

London to Paris cycle ride

London to Paris cycle rideThis is a fantastic once in a lifetime opportunity. Brake is looking for adventurous volunteers to cycle from London to Paris connecting two of the world’s most chic cities on one of the best cycling routes in Europe! Cycling through beautiful English villages and into the stunning countryside of rural France, you’ll pass historical landmarks and famous battlefields from World War 1 until you reach Paris, undoubtedly one of the most magical places on earth. The sense of achievement will be one you’ll cherish forever - an unforgettable experience.  

  • Day 1: Cycle from London through Kent and North Downs to Dover; ferry to Calais
  • Day 2: Quiet winding roads and beautiful old market towns to Abbeville
  • Day 3: Follow River Somme and mainly flat tree-lined roads to Beauvais
  • Day 4: Rural countryside and villages to outskirts of Paris; finish under Eiffel Tower
  • Day 5: Free in Paris; return by Eurostar to London

We ask that you raise a minimum of £1,460 in sponsorship. This covers your costs including ferry to France and return travel to London on Eurostar, accommodation, all meals (excl. dinner on the ferry on day one and lunch and dinner on day five), mechanics, guides and medical support - and also raises over £700 for Brake.

Ready to pedal to Paris? Contact Lisa on 01484 683294 or email fundraise@brake.org.uk for dates, or book online now!

There are trips leaving almost every month - so get in touch - and we'll find a date to suit you!

Read more
See photos and read stories of people who've done it already    
Photos of our fundraisers on facebook

Not for you? Return to the fundraising home page

Matched giving

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Matched giving is when an organisation matches the amount of fundraising an employee does for a charity, effectively doubling the money raised for Brake.


Why do it?
Giving to Brake as part of a company initiative creates a great sense of common purpose and pride amongst your employees– and you can reinforce that sense of partnership by boosting the value of their donations.

The benefits of matched giving include:
- Boosting morale and encouraging team building by rewarding employees for their generosity
- A reduced tax bill for you – you don’t have to pay corporation tax on the money you use to match giving
- Raising your company’s profile and generating positive press.


How does my organisation do it?
It is easy to set up matched giving, simply go to the CAF online page here
and fill out an enquiry form.


For more information telephone Joe on 01484 550060, email fundraise@brake.org.uk or complete a short online form.

Not for you? Return to Brake's fundraising ideas.

 

Organisations representing road users

You may wish to contact an organisation representing a type of road user.

 

Cycling organisations:

Cycling UK

Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, GU2 9JX

T:01483 238301            E: cycling@cyclinguk.org            W: http://www.cyclinguk.org

 

Sustrans (developing paths for walkers and cyclists and Safe Routes to Schools)

National Cycle Network, 2 Cathedral Square, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5DD

T: 0117 926 8893            E: reception@sustrans.org.uk            W: www.sustrans.org.uk

 

Motorcycling organisations:

British Motorcyclists Federation

T: 0116 279 5112            E: enquiries@bmf.co.uk            W: www.bmf.co.uk

3 Oswin Road, Brailsford Industrial Estate, Braunstone, Leicester, LE3 1HR

Motorcycle Action Group

T: 01926 844064            E: central-office@mag-uk.org            W: www.mag-uk.org

PO Box 750, Warwick, CV34 9FU

 

Pedestrian organisations:

Living Streets

T: 020 7377 4900            E: info@livingstreets.org.uk            W: www.livingstreets.org.uk

4th Floor, Universal House, 88-94 Wentworth Street, E1 7SA

 

Commercial vehicle operator groups:

Freight Transport Association

T:03717 112 222            W: www.fta.co.uk

Hermes House, St John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 9UZ

Road Haulage Association

Helpline:01932 841 515            W: www.rha.net

The Old Forge, South Road, Weybridge, HT13 9DZ, Surrey

 

Motorist groups:

ETA (Environment Transport Association)

T: 0333 000 1234            W: www.eta.co.uk

68 High Street, Weybridge, KT13 8RS

Green Flag                                              

Promotes road safety and produces road safety research in partnership with Brake.

T: 0345 246 1558            E: member-queries@greenflag.com            W: www.greenflag.com

The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds, LS1 4AZ

Institute of Advanced Motorists

T: 0845 126 8600            W: www.iam.org.uk

RAC Foundation of Motoring

T:0300 303 1134            W: www.racfoundation.org

89-91 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5HS

 

Your Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB)

If you need any other contacts your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau may be able to help. It can provide access to free, impartial and confidential advice, including on financial and legal matters. For your nearest CAB, you can look in your phone book or search the CAB website’s online list of its offices on www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Raising sponsorship - how to do it, and have fun!

How do you go about raising the minimum sponsorship? At first it does seem a bit daunting doesn’t it? Read on for ways in which people have raised their sponsorship monies for Brake.

Collecting Sponsorship from family, friends and work colleagues

Create a justgiving.com webpage - this allows people to sponsor you online. The page is easy to create and once it’s up and running you can email your justgiving webpage address to everyone in your address book asking them to sponsor you.

Sponsorship Envelopes - Brake can provide you with these so that you can ask family and friends who live locally.

Involving the local community

Local School - One volunteer asked her local school to help and they organised a Dress-Down day. Each child paid £1.00 to come to school in non-uniform. She then popped into their Assembly on the morning of their Dress-Down day to talk about why she was raising money for Brake and about how important it was to be careful on the roads.

Your work - Perhaps your work could sponsor you? Or could your colleagues organise a Dress Down day for you? One volunter organised a barbecue for family and friends. The barbecue had a raffle, auction etc and was a huge success.

Local media - Ring the local papers and radio stations and tell them what you’re doing. Ask them to do a feature on you - it will not only raise awareness of road safety locally but is also a good way of asking for sponsorship from local companies etc.

Be imaginative

Organise a Quiz - how about creating a fun quiz a road safety quiz (take ideas from the Highway code!) etc. Charge £1.00 per entry and source a freebie meal from a local restaurant as the prize.

Bag Packing - One volunteer got together a group of family and friends (or the local scout group etc) and obtained permission from the local supermarket to pack bags in exchange for loose change and sponsorship?

Coffee Morning - easy to organise but profitable. Brake can provide you with a road safety quiz and various literature etc to promote your event.

Have a Party - Virgin Vie, Body Shop, Tuppaware(!) Parties offer the hosts/hostesses commission on the goods sold on the night. Put this commission towards your sponsorship and have a great night into the bargain.

Brake Bright Day - persuade your work or local school to have a Brake Bright Day. Everybody pays £1 to come to work/school wearing something insanely bright. It’s a great way to raise awareness for being seen by drivers, particularly in the winter months and each £1 goes towards Brake, topping up your fundraising total!


The main thing to remember, is to shout loud and proud about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it! There are SO many different ways to raise money.

If you think of a good one, not mentioned above, let us know by emailing fundraise@brake.org.uk and we’ll add it to this list!

Sweepstakes

Matty Norman FootballSweepstakes are an easy and fun way of raising money within your workplace or friendship group.  Basically, the fundraiser is a lottery and the prize money is generated from the entry fees paid by participants.
 

How does it work?
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Choose an event or competition to base your sweepstake on, for example The World Cup, European Championships, Wimbledon, The Eurovision Song Contest etc.
- The number of participants can be as many as the competitors available, ie if there are 32 teams in the world cup, 32 people could enter. If you don't have a large group of willing participants, you could allow people to enter more than once.
- Participants pay a set amount to enter the sweepstake and put their money on one of the competitors (we would suggest £1-£3).
- Make a record of everyone’s entry.
- Take down their name, assigned team and whether they have paid their entry fee.
- Once their money has been paid, participants should draw a name out of the hat at random, and this shall be their team.
- Once the results of the competition, event or league are announced, the participant who picked the winner receives half of the total money and the remaining funds come to Brake.
- If you manage to build up some friendly competition in your office, sweepstakes can become a regular fundraiser. You could even keep a league table of winners.

How to organise it
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Request a Brake sweepstake pack, which can be tailored to the event of your choice.

The pack will include;
Instructions of how to play
Cut outs of all the competitors of the competition to put into a hat ready for selection
A form to write down who each of the participants drew out of the hat.

Click below to download our current sweepstake Packs for upcoming events

Grand National 2017

Eurovision 2017 

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?   A great team-builder too! For more information telephone Joe on 01484 550060, email fundraise@brake.org.uk or complete a short online form.

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The GO 20 coalition: why we're part of it

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake:
"Everyone should be able to walk and cycle in their community without fear or threat: it's a basic right, and GO 20 is about defending that. The 2012 Games helped us all realise the importance of being able to live active lifestyles. Critical to this is making our streets and communities safe places we can use and enjoy. Anyone who drives can help bring this about: pledge to GO 20 around homes, schools and shops, even where the limit's still 30: you'll be helping to protect people around you, and you'll hardly notice the difference to your journey. We're also calling on the government and more local authorities to recognise the need for 20mph, and the huge demand for safe walking and cycling, and GO 20."

Rod King, campaign director, 20's Plenty for Us:
"20's Plenty for Us are delighted to support the GO 20 campaign. 20mph speed limits are recognised as a key factor in enabling our roads to be equitably shared for all road users and throughout the UK local authorities are implementing 20mph as the default limit for their residential and urban roads. It's not only for safety but also to enable our places to be better places to be whether you drive, walk or cycle. If you would like to find out more about either our campaign or the local branch near you then take a look at www.20splentyforus.org.uk."

Tony Armstrong, chief executive, Living Streets:
"Evidence shows that when 20 mph is introduced on streets where we live, work and shop, pedestrian fatalities are significantly reduced, particularly amongst children. Introducing 20 mph is probably the single most effective measure to protect our children and transform our streets into people-centred places rather than corridors for traffic. Living Streets wholeheartedly supports the GO 20 campaign."

Malcolm Shepherd, chief executive, Sustrans:
"Everyone should have the same right to safety wherever they are in the UK, and changing the default speed limit to 20mph would save lives and reduce road casualties across the country. Slower speeds would help create better neighbourhoods in which to live, work, play and socialise, and safer streets will help get more people both young and old walking and cycling with confidence, improving public health and reducing the burden on the NHS."

Phillip Darnton, chief executive, Bicycle Association:
"We believe lowering the speed limit in built up areas to 20mph would be the single most effective way to increase safety, reduce fatal/serious accidents, and encourage more women to cycle."

Martin Gibbs, policy and legal affairs director, British Cycling:
"We know from experience both here and abroad that the most effective way of keeping people safe when they're cycling is lower speed limits. Introducing 20mph limits in all residential and shopping streets would be a tremendously powerful policy tool to get more people cycling more often and would make our cities, towns and villages better places to live."

Richard Bourn, traffic and planning campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport:
"20mph limits are an essential means of encouraging people to make many more journeys on foot and by bicycle and reducing the domination of our roads by traffic. Such speed limits have applied for years in the built areas of many other countries and the argument for them is steadily making ground here but it's not happening quickly enough. Nor is it enough to apply 20mph limits only around schools. They must be the norm for all residential roads and shopping districts."

Ralph Smyth, senior transport campaigner, Campaign to Protect Rural England:
"We're ever closer to a tipping point, where 20mph is seen in our cities, towns and villages as the norm rather than the exception. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) strongly endorses GO 20, a great example how people can change their behaviour and spur their local councils to action. Moving forwards, changing the default speed limit in built-up areas to 20mph would be the best single measure to cut crashes as well as clutter. We need to encourage healthy, active forms of travel as much as we need to ensure our streets are attractive and safe places to spend time in."

Kathy Evans, chief executive, Children England:
"Children England is delighted to support the GO 20 campaign. As a membership organisation and through our Safe Network programme, safeguarding is a central focus of our work. Children, particularly those from lower income areas, are disproportionately likely to be casualties of road incidents. Lowering the default speed limit in areas where children live and play would not only reduce this risk, but would also help to promote healthier lifestyles. This cheap, cost effective change has already been implemented successfully in parts of the country. It is time that all children, where ever they live, can enjoy the benefits."

Chris Peck, policy coordinator, CTC, the national cycling charity:
"Lower speed limits are described as the 'backbone' of the cycling network in the rest of Europe, where most residential and shopping streets are subject to 30km/h limits – equivalent to 20mph in the UK. It's time more of Britain's local authorities joined in the growing movement to make our streets more cycle friendly through lower speed limits."

Jennifer Keen, senior public affairs officer, Guide Dogs:
"The Go 20 coalition is a fantastic initiative and very welcome news for guide dog owners and other people with sight loss. With cars parked on pavements forcing people into the road and ever more quiet hybrid and electric cars on the street, blind and partially sighted people are becoming increasingly concerned about their safety on the roads. Lower speed limits help to mitigate these risks and mean that pedestrians with sight loss can get out and about more safely and with confidence."

Dom Weinberg, policy manager, National Council for Voluntary Youth Services:
"NCVYS supports GO 20 because we know the impact 20 mph limits can have on enabling young people to live healthy lifestyles. It will encourage young people to develop a lifetime habit of walking and cycling and create safer streets and better neighbourhoods for them to live, work, play and socialise in. "

Nicky Philpott, director of campaigns and policy, Ramblers:
"We welcome the GO 20 campaign and give it our full support. There is a real need for road safety policy to reflect that people on foot, bike, and horseback have as much right to use roads as people driving cars. This includes the need for greater awareness and understanding amongst motorists that walkers and other users have the right to lead active lifestyles without being endangered by traffic, whether in town or countryside. This campaign is an important step in the right direction to encourage the best policy for all road users."

Sara Dowling, campaigns and development manager, RoadPeace:
"RoadPeace is pleased to support the GO20 coalition. RoadPeace has been a longstanding supporter of 20mph limits; they were a key call in our 1997 parliamentary manifesto. And whilst road deaths have halved since then, with the government's commitment to active travel, there is an even greater need for 20mph limits now. A slower road is a safer road, not just for children and older people, but for all walkers, cyclists, motorcyclists and car occupants."

UK Health Forum:
"The UK Health Forum supports GO 20 because evidence shows that areas with lower vehicle speeds are associated with increased opportunities for walking and cycling. There are wide health benefits from physical activity, including protection against various risk factors for non-communicable diseases such as cardio vascular disease, diabetes, overweight and obesity. NHF recommends a reduction in the default speed limit for built-up areas to 20mph and would encourage all drivers to GO 20 around homes, schools and shops."

Time to change: Brake renews call to make the most of daylight hours and help save lives

28 March 2014

Brake, the road safety charity
news@brake.org.uk

As the clocks go forward this Sunday, Brake, the road safety charity, is renewing calls for government to make roads safer by putting the clocks forward by an hour all year-round. This would mean making the most of available daylight, with lighter afternoons and evenings in the winter months, reducing danger to pedestrians and cyclists.

Moving the clocks to GMT+1 in winter and GMT+2 in summer would save an estimated 80 lives a year and prevent hundreds of serious injuries on the roads [1], preventing needless suffering and saving the NHS around £138 million a year in the process [2].

Safer, lighter evenings would also encourage more recreational walking and cycling. Combined with Brake's GO 20 campaign for 20mph limits in cities, towns and villages, this would mean a powerful boost for healthy, active lifestyles. By slowing down to 20mph in built up areas, night and day, drivers can make a personal contribution to making roads safer for those on foot and bike.

In 2012, despite widespread support from the Lighter Later coalition, MPs, and letters from 26,300 members of the public, a Daylight Saving Bill which would have compelled the government to review and act on the evidence for changing the clocks, ran out of time. Now Brake is renewing its calls for government to make this common sense change.

Find out more about the Lighter Later and GO 20 campaigns to make roads safer for people on foot and bike. Tweet us: @Brakecharity, hashtag #LighterLater.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said: "Putting the clocks forward by an extra hour throughout the year is a simple change that would make a huge positive difference to society, giving us all more daylight to play with. With lighter afternoons and evenings, many more people would be able to get out and walk and cycle, to get to school or work, or simply for their health and enjoyment. People on foot or bike would be easier for drivers to see, many devastating road casualties would be prevented, and our communities would be more social, enjoyable places. As British summertime gets underway, we're also appealing to drivers to make their own change to protect people on foot and bike, by slowing down to 20mph around homes, schools and shops."

As British summertime starts, Brake is also appealing to schools, employers and community groups to support Brake's work and help raise awareness of pedestrian and cyclist safety by holding a Bright Day. These fun dress-down days promote the importance of drivers looking out for people on foot on foot and bike while raising vital funds for Brake's work supporting families devastated by road death and injury.

About the Lighter Later campaign
Brake is in a coalition of organisations campaigning for the clocks to go forward for an hour year round, making it GMT+2 in summer and GMT+1 in winter. This simple change would make our evenings lighter and give us more daylight during waking hours. It's estimated this would result in 80 fewer road deaths and hundreds fewer serious injuries each year [3], preventing unnecessary suffering and saving the NHS £138million annually [4].

It would also cut 447,000 tonnes of CO2 pollution [5], and save us all on our bills, because we would have to put our lights on less. Not to mention a big boost to leisure, tourism, and healthy life-styles because we get a bit more daylight to play with. Find out more at www.lighterlater.org.

In January 2012, the Lighter Later Bill ran out of time on the House floor, meaning MPs couldn't vote to put it through to its third reading, despite over 140 MPs staying to vote.

Brake
Brake is an independent road safety charity. Brake exists to stop the five deaths and 63 serious injuries that happen on UK roads every day and to care for families bereaved and seriously injured in road crashes. Brake runs awareness-raising campaigns, community education programmes, events such as Road Safety Week (17-23 November 2014), and a Fleet Safety Forum, providing advice to companies. Brake's support division cares for road crash victims through a helpline and other services.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

End notes
[1] Report 368, a new assessment of the likely effects on road accidents of adopting a GMT+1/GMT+2 regime, Transport Research Laboratory, 1998
[2] Department for Transport, A Safer Way: Consultation on Making Britain's Roads the Safest in the World, 2009
[3] Report 368, a new assessment of the likely effects on road accidents of adopting a GMT+1/GMT+2 regime, Transport Research Laboratory, 1998
[4] Department for Transport, A Safer Way: Consultation on Making Britain's Roads the Safest in the World, 2009
[5] Chong, Y. Garnsey, E. Hill, S. & Desobry, F. Daylight Saving, Electricity Demand and Emissions; Exploratory Studies from Great Britain, 2009 http://www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/people/ewg/091022_dst.pdf 

Useful organisations

For additional local organisations call the Brake helpline or talk to your Family Liaison Officer or VIA.


Charities for road crash victims:

Brake

Brake supports people bereaved and seriously injured by road crashes and campaigns for safe and healthy mobility for all. The charity’s national freephone helpline is a quality accredited service that provides emotional and practical support, information, and access to local face-to-face support services, legal help and people who have suffered a similar bereavement. Its helpline officers can also speak on your behalf to officials to ensure your voice is heard, and help you access services available to you. Brake coordinates Road Safety Week, and runs road safety education programmes in schools, communities and companies. The charity also encourages government to improve road safety legislation and enforcement.

The charity provides many volunteering opportunities for bereaved families.
Helpline 0808 8000 401 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) or helpline@brake.org.uk

To donate, join, or volunteer visit www.brake.org.uk or call 01484 559909


RoadPeace

RoadPeace provides support and information to people bereaved or seriously injured by a road crash. They offer practical support with post-crash guidance reports and informative briefing papers; emotional support through a helpline and their befriender scheme (coordinated by staff with volunteers who have been affected by road death or injury); and advocacy assistance to support evidence-based campaigns for the improvement of post-crash responses.

The charity coordinates remembrance activities, including Remember Me roadside plaques, and provides the bereaved and seriously injured with access to a network of peer support. RoadPeace promotes road danger reduction and updates to the justice system to make the legal standards and sentences after a crash fit for purpose. The charity supports active travel opportunities that give greater consideration to vulnerable road users and the environment.

Helpline 0845 4500 355 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) or helpline@roadpeace.org
Office 020 7733 1603 or info@roadpeace.org Website: www.roadpeace.org


SCARD (Support and Care after Road Death and Injury) working with CADD (Campaign Against Drinking and Driving)

Two charities working together to provide emotional and practical support to those who have lost a loved one, or been injured or affected by drunk or reckless driving. SCARD offers a helpline staffed by volunteers 365 days a year and access to free, face-to-face counselling sessions and legal advice. It also provides information on inquests, criminal proceedings which may follow road traffic collisions, and claims for compensation.

With its sister charity CADD, SCARD offers road safety education and awareness-building workshops to groups and individuals, including anti-drink-drive workshops.

SCARD holds an annual Oakleaf memorial service to remember road crash victims.

Helpline 0345 123 5542 (7 days a week, 9am-9pm including bank holidays)
Office enquiries 01924 562252 or info@scard.org.uk
www.scard.org.uk


SCID (Scotland’s Campaign against Irresponsible Drivers)

SCID campaigns for tougher road traffic law and the rights of road crash victims. SCID offers ongoing phone and face-to-face emotional support and advice for bereaved families of fatal road crashes in Scotland to guide them through the civil and criminal justice systems. This support is provided by volunteers, subject to availability.
www.scid.org.uk


Other organisations campaigning for road safety:

BUSK

Works to improve the safety of children and young people travelling by bus, coach, taxi and car. Offers support and guidance for parents about safety issues, legislation and the hiring of transport. Produces educational material for schools and co-ordinates School Transport Safety Week. Can put bereaved families in touch with other bereaved families.
Call 01633 274944 or email buskuk@uwclub.net Website: www.busk-uk.co.uk


RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents)

RoSPA’s road safety department raises awareness about the causes of road crashes and promotes measures to help prevent them. This charity does not provide support services for road crash victims.
Call 0121 248 2000 or email help@rospa.com Website: www.rospa.com


Organisations supporting people bereaved by any cause:

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland
Call 0845 600 2227 or go to www.crusescotland.org.uk

For children and young people go to www.hopeagain.org.uk

The Samaritans

The Samaritans operates a 24 hour helpline for anyone in need Call 116 123 or go to www.samaritans.org


If your partner has died:

WAY (Widowed and Young)
www.widowedandyoung.org.uk


If a child or a child’s relative has died:

Child Bereavement UK
Call 0800 028 8840 or go to www.childbereavementuk.org

The Child Death Helpline
Call 0800 282 986 or 0808 800 6019 or go to www.childdeathhelpline.org.uk

The Compassionate Friends
Call 0345 123 2304 or go to www.tcf.org.uk

Care for the Family
Call 029 2081 0800 or go to www.careforthefamily.org.uk

Winston’s Wish
Call 08088 020 021 or go to www.winstonswish.org.uk


Organisations campaigning for sustainable transport:

Campaign for Better Transport
Promotes sustainable and public transport.
www.bettertransport.org.uk

Living Streets
Promotes safety and accessibility for pedestrians.
www.livingstreets.org.uk

Sustrans
Develops paths for walkers and cyclists.
www.sustrans.org.uk

Citizens Advice Scotland
If you need any other contacts your local Citizens Advice service may be able to help. It can provide access to free, impartial and confidential advice, including on financial and legal matters. For your nearest office, you can look in your phone book or go to the Citizens Advice Scotland website at www.cas.org.uk.


Government bodies with responsibility for criminal justice in Scotland:

The Scottish Government

In Scotland, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice is responsible for the Scottish Criminal Justice System, including matters concerning victims of crime, and for some aspects of traffic policing including administration of speed cameras and the Driver Improvement Scheme.

Call 0300 244 4000 or email ceu@gov.scot  Website: www.gov.scot  or www.mygov.scot

Police Scotland

Has a road policing business area that has some responsibility for determining policing policy. Other policies are determined by the Chief Constable.

Call 101 or fill in the contact form on the Police Scotland website www.scotland.police.uk

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS)

COPFS is responsible for the prosecution of crime in Scotland, the investigation of sudden or suspicious deaths and complaints against the police.

Call 0300 020 3000 or email EnquiryPoint@copfs.gov.uk  Website: www.copfs.gov.uk

Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service is responsible for providing the staff, buildings and technology to support Scotland’s courts and tribunals, the work of the independent judiciary, the courts’ Rules Councils, the Office of the Public Guardian and the Accountant of the Court. In April 2010 it was established by the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008 as an independent body, governed by a corporate board and chaired by the Lord President, the most senior judge in Scotland.

Call 0131 444 3300 or email enquiries@scotcourts.gov.uk   Website: www.scotcourts.gov.uk

Scottish Prison Service

The Scottish Prison Service is an agency of the Scottish Government responsible for prisons.

Call 0131 330 3500 or email gaolinfo@sps.pnn.gov.uk    Website: www.sps.gov.uk

Parole Board for Scotland

The Parole Board for Scotland makes decisions about early prisoner release.

Call 0131 244 8373        Website: www.scottishparoleboard.gov.uk


Scottish legal contacts listed elsewhere in this pack:

Criminal Justice System:Go to Court cases for details of who to contact if you have comments about the criminal justice system.

Personal Injury Solicitors:Go to Can I claim compensation? for details of organisations listing personal injury solicitors.


Government bodies with responsibility for road safety in Scotland:

The Scottish Government Transport Directorate

The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity is responsible for road safety policy in Scotland.
Call 0300 244 4000 or email scottish.ministers@gov.scot 

Local highway engineers and road safety officers

Local authorities are responsible for improving road safety on local roads. They employ highways engineers, who are responsible for local speed limits, traffic calming, pedestrian crossings and other aspects of road design. Local road safety officers are responsible for local road safety education and publicity. They may be employed by local authorities or by police forces.

For contact details, contact your local authority.

Transport Scotland

Transport Scotland is responsible for trunk road safety.
Call 0141 272 7100 or email info@transport.gov.scot   Website: www.transport.gov.scot 

Road Safety Scotland

Road Safety Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to produce road safety education resources and run road safety publicity campaigns in Scotland, working with local authorities and police.
Call 0131 244 6133 or fill in the contact form on the Road Safety Scotland website: roadsafety.scot 

Traffic Commissioner for Scotland

The Traffic Commissioner is an appointed official with responsibility for licensing companies to operate lorries, buses and coaches. The Traffic Commissioner has the power to issue and take away an operator’s licence.
Call 0300 123 9000


UK-wide Government departments:

The Home Office

The Home Office is responsible for reviewing UK charges and penalties for traffic offences (many of which, although not all, apply in Scotland).
Call 020 7035 4848 or email public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk   Website: www.gov.uk/homeoffice

The Department for Transport

The Department for Transport is responsible for many areas of road safety policy, ranging from setting the drink drive limit to road safety TV campaigns. The Department for Transport also commissions research on road safety topics.
Call 0300 330 3000   Website: www.gov.uk/dft

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

The DVLA promotes road safety and general law enforcement by licensing and maintaining registers of drivers and vehicles, and collecting vehicle excise duty (tax).

Website: www.gov.uk/dvla

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

The DVSA sets standards for driving and ensures drivers, vehicle operators and MOT garages follow roadworthiness standards. It also provides a range of licensing, testing, education and enforcement services.

Website: www.gov.uk/dvsa


 Your political representatives:

Your local councillor

If you are worried about a particular local traffic problem your local councillor may be able to help. You can find out their contact details by phoning your local council.

Your Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP)

Your MSP’s job is to represent your interests in the Scottish Parliament. You may want to write to or meet him/her to discuss any aspect of your case which you think s/he could act upon. You can find out the name of your MSP by calling 0131 348 5000 or by going to www.parliament.scot and typing in your postcode.

You can write to your MSP at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh EH99 1SP.

Your Member of Parliament (MP)

Your MP's job is to represent your interests in Parliament. You may want to write to or meet them to discuss any aspect of your case which you think they could act upon. You can find out the name of your MP by going to www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps or calling Parliament on 020 7219 4272. You can write to your MP at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.


Acknowledgements

This book is written by the charity Brake and funded by the Scottish Government. It is prepared in partnership and open consultation with families bereaved by road crashes and representatives from a range of organisations including:

APIL (The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers)Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS)
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS)
Digby Brown Solicitors
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO)
Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS)
National Association of Funeral Directors
National Records of Scotland
The Natural Death Centre
Parole Board for Scotland
Police Scotland
Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
Scottish Donation and Transplant Group
The Scottish Government Health Department
The Scottish Government Justice Department
Scottish Justices Association
Scottish Prison Service
Scottish Sentencing Council
Victim Support Scotland


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Disclaimer: This guide is for information purposes only. While it outlines processes of law and procedure, it does not aim to fully describe all aspects of law and procedures, and laws and procedures may also change. Brake is committed to continuous improvement. Any comments on this guide's content are welcomed and can be sent in writing to our address or e-mail. Brake, PO Box 548, Huddersfield HD1 2XZ or e-mailed to brake@brake.org.uk. Helpline 0808 8000 401.

Useful Organisations

For additional local organisations call the Brake helpline or talk to your Family Liaison Officer.

Charities for road crash victims

Brake

Brake supports and helps people bereaved and injured by road crashes and campaigns for road safety. The charity’s national freephone helpline is a quality accredited service providing emotional and practical support, information, and access to local face-to-face support services, legal help and people who have suffered a similar bereavement. Brake's helpline officers can also speak on your behalf to officials to ensure your voice is heard, and help you access services available to you. Brake coordinates Road Safety Week, and runs road safety education programmes in schools, communities and companies. The charity also encourages government to improve road safety legislation and enforcement. The charity provides many volunteering opportunities for bereaved families.

Helpline 0808 8000 401(Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) or helpline@brake.org.uk

To donate, join or volunteer, go to www.brake.org.uk or call 01484 559909.

RoadPeace

RoadPeace supports families bereaved and injured in road crashes. RoadPeace provides practical support through post-crash information guides; emotional support through a helpline and befriender scheme (co-ordinated by staff with volunteers who have been affected by road death or injury); and a resilience building programme that helps participants develop coping skills to deal with symptoms of traumatic bereavement.

RoadPeace provides advocacy assistance where possible. RoadPeace coordinates remembrance activities, and ‘Remember Me’ roadside plaques. Trees can be dedicated to loved ones at the RoadPeace Wood at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. RoadPeace supports road danger reduction and the promotion of transport policies that give greater consideration to vulnerable road users and the environment.

Helpline: 0845 4500 355 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) or helpline@roadpeace.org
Office: 020 7733 1603 or info@roadpeace.org 
www.roadpeace.org

SCARD (Support and Care after Road Death and Injury) incorporating CADD (Campaign Against Drinking and Driving)

Two charities working together providing emotional and practical support to anyone bereaved, injured or affected by any type of road death or injury. SCARD offers a helpline staffed by experienced volunteers 365 days a year.

Additionally it offers literature including on coroners and inquests, criminal and civil law, appeals and private prosecutions. It will also help you access counselling and free legal advice. SCARD offers road safety education workshops for schools and organisations. Its sister charity CADD campaigns for changes to the legal system to deter drink drivers and get justice for those affected by drink-drive incidents. It also delivers educational, awareness-building workshops to groups and individuals, including anti-drink-drive workshops.

Helpline: 0845 123 5542 (7 days a week, 9am-9pm)
Office enquiries: 01484 723 649 or info@scard.org.uk
www.scard.org.uk

Organisations campaigning on particular road safety topics:

BUSK

Works to improve the safety of children and young people travelling by bus, coach, taxi and car. Offers support and guidance for parents about safety issues, legislation and the hiring of transport. Produces educational material for schools and co-ordinates School Transport Safety Week. Can put bereaved families in touch with other bereaved families.

Call 01633 274944 or email enquiries@busk-uk.co.uk
www.busk-uk.co.uk 

RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents)

RoSPA’s road safety department raises awareness about the causes of road crashes and promotes measures to help prevent them. This charity does not provide support services for road crash victims.

Call 0121 248 2000 or email help@rospa.com
www.rospa.com

Organisations supporting people bereaved by any cause:

Cruse Bereavement Care

Call 0808 808 1677 or go to www.cruse.org.uk
For children and young people go to www.hopeagain.org.uk

The Samaritans

The Samaritans operates a 24-hour helpline for anyone in need Call 116 123 or go to www.samaritans.org

If your partner has died:

WAY (Widowed & Young)
www.widowedandyoung.org.uk

If a child or a child’s relative has died:

Child Bereavement UK
Call 0800 028 8840 or go to www.childbereavementuk.org

The Child Death Helpline
Call 0800 282 986, or 0808 800 6019 if calling from a mobile, or go to www.childdeathhelpline.org.uk

The Compassionate Friends
Call 0288 77 88 016 or go to www.tcf.org.uk

Care for the Family
Call 029 2081 0800 or go to www.careforthefamily.org.uk

Winston’s Wish
Call 08088 020 021 or go to www.winstonswish.org.uk

Organisations that support victims of crime

Victim Support NI

Emotional support and practical advice for victims of crime, plus help at court and advocacy services.
Call 028 9024 4039 or email info@victimsupportni.org.uk
www.victimsupportni.co.uk

NSPCC Young Witness Service

Free, independent and confidential support and assistance for children and young people who have to attend court as witnesses in Northern Ireland.
www.nspcc.org.uk

Organisations campaigning for sustainable transport:

Campaign for Better Transport
Promotes sustainable and public transport.
www.bettertransport.org.uk

Living Streets
Promotes safety and accessibility for pedestrians.
www.livingstreets.org.uk

Sustrans
Develops paths for walkers and cyclists.
www.sustrans.org.uk

Government bodies with responsibility for road safety:

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)

The Road Policing branch of PSNI deals with issues concerning traffic policing, including equipment, policies and road safety initiatives. You can write to PSNI, Brooklyn, 65 Knock Road, Belfast BT5 6LE.
www.psni.police.uk

Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA)

The DVA is responsible for administering driving tests and annual vehicle tests (MOT), issuing licences, endorsements and disqualifications for private and commercial vehicles, and maintaining a register of drivers and vehicles. It is responsible for carrying out enforcement checks on maintenance standards of trucks, buses, taxis, private cars and agricultural vehicles. It also has responsibility for licensing companies to operate these vehicles, and has the power to take away an operator's licence. You can write to the Chief Executive, County Hall, Castlerock Road, Waterside, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry BT51 3HS, call 0300 200 7861,
email dva.customerservices@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk.
www.nidirect.gov.uk

Transport NI

Transport NI, part of the Department for Infrastructure, is a government agency responsible for operating, maintaining and improving roads in Northern Ireland. You may wish to contact them about the condition of a road, or an obstruction on the road where the crash occurred. You can write to Transport NI, Clarence Court,10-18 Adelaide Street, Belfast BT2 8GB.

www.nidirect.gov.uk

The National Police Chiefs' Council

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) road policing committee has some responsibility for determining policing policy on traffic, drugs, alcohol and victim support. Other policies are determined by the Chief Constable of each force. You can write to the Chair, NPCC Central Office, 1st Floor, 10 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0NN.  www.npcc.police.uk

Your political representatives

Your local councillor

If you are worried about a particular local traffic problem your local councillor may be able to help. You can find out their contact details by phoning your local council.

Your Member of Parliament (MP)

Your MP’s job is to represent your interests in Parliament. You may want to write to or meet them to discuss any aspect of your case which you think they could act upon. You can find out the name of your MP by going to the website findyourmp.parliament.uk or calling Parliament on 020 7219 4272. You can write to your MP at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.

Your Member of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly (MLA)

Your MLA’s job is to represent your interests in the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly. You may want to write to or meet them to discuss any aspect of your case that you think they could act upon. You can find out the name of your MLA by going to www.niassembly.gov.uk or calling 028 9052 1137. You can write to your MLA at the Northern Ireland Assembly, Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, BT4 3XX.

Your local Citizens Advice Bureau can provide access to free, impartial and confidential advice, including on financial and legal matters. For your local branch go to www.citizensadvice.co.uk.

See the ‘Court cases’ page for information on having your say about policing and justice issues.

Acknowledgments

This pack is written by Brake and funded by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

It is prepared in partnership and open consultation with families bereaved by road crashes and representatives from a range of organisations including:

APIL (The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers)
Association of Clinical Pathologists
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Citizens Advice Northern Ireland
Coroners' Society of England and Wales
Coroners' Service for Northern Ireland
Court Service
Crown Prosecution Service
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
General Register Office for Northern Ireland
Home Office
IPSO (Independent Press Standards Organisation)
Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College
Magistrates' Association
MASS (Motor Accident Solicitors Society)
NAFD (National Association of Funeral Directors)
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC)
Newham University Hospital
Multifaith Department
NHS Blood and Transplant
Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service
Northern Ireland Office
Northern Ireland Ombudsman
Northern Ireland Prison Service
Northern Ireland Prisoner Release Victim Information Scheme
Office for Criminal Justice Reform
Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland
Police Service of Northern Ireland
PR Hanna Solicitors
Probation Board for Northern Ireland
Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland
Royal College of Pathologists
Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Victim Support Northern Ireland
Witness Service of Northern Ireland

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