The Road Victims Trust (RVT) operates across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire and provides free emotional and practical support to all people affected by a road death.
Each year across the three counties, 90 people will lose their lives – that results in the RVT supporting up to 250 people who have been affected by that fatality.
The RVT has got a brilliant working relationship with the police officers across the three counties, so across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire who have got a collaborated Road Policing Unit, and we have service level agreements with them, so every fatality across the three counties gets referred to us.
As a result of that, the officers will tell us who they feel need our support and within 24 hours we then get in touch with those people, either by telephone or letter, and offer a free face-to-face counselling service for as long as is needed, which can be several months, and years even.
The families will get a face-to-face counselling service; if you can imagine with a road death, by its very nature it is always very violent, it is always sudden and people have never had a chance to say goodbye, so people’s lives are absolutely devastated in the blink of an eye.
What we know by early intervention, by offering a counselling service face-to-face, we can start to get people on some type of road towards coping and recovery.
The support we have received from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire by way of the police officers, the police staff and the police and crime commissioners has been absolutely fantastic. We couldn’t work without the police and we’d like to think we’re helping them by giving that support to them. It’s been brilliant for 20 years and I’m hoping that will continue.
You can read more about the Road Victims Trust here http://www.rvtrust.org.uk/.
Mark Turner, Chief Executive for the Road Victims Trust