You, RoadPeace national charity
& Ince, in any case
RoadPeace is the national charity for road crash victims and has been helping families cope with the aftermath of road death and injury since 1992. Its work includes:
- Providing emotional support for road crash victims including a national helpline, befriender network, local support groups, resilience building programme and remembrance activities
- Producing information guides on post-crash investigation and legal procedures
- Undertaking casework for bereaved families and the seriously injured
- Policy and campaigning work for better justice and safer streets for all, informed by the experiences of victims.
Set up in 1992 by a mother whose son was killed by a red light offender, RoadPeace is a membership organisation whose work is informed by the needs and experiences of road crash victims. Membership is open to all, but people affected by road death and injury are particularly encouraged to join and support its calls for justice and safer streets.
There are nine legal panels across the UK, including one in the South West of England. Ince is one of two specialist legal firms on the South West panel, which helps and supports those bereaved or injured in a crash by providing access to good quality legal advice, justice and fair compensation. Leigh Woodham, one of Ince’s expert personal injury lawyers, is our Roadpeace co-ordinator, and is also an accredited member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel.
Victim support meetings
Prior to the pandemic, victim support meetings were held at Ince (Bristol) offices every other month. Since the pandemic these meetings have moved online, which means that people from further afield are able to join in.
The meetings give victims the opportunity to come together, to share their experiences, to offer their help and advice, and to make new friends formed from common and often tragic personal experiences.
Below are the dates for 2022, which are all currently held on Zoom. Meetings alternate between the second Saturday and the second Tuesday of each month. Please email to find out more or if you wish to join a meeting.
Tuesday 8 February 2022, 18.00 – 20.00
Saturday 12 March 2022, 10.00 – 12.00
Tuesday 12 April 2022, 18.00 – 20.00
Saturday 14 May 2022, 10.00 – 12.00
Tuesday 14 June 2022, 18.00 – 20.00
Saturday 9 July 2022, 10.00 – 12.00
Tuesday 9 August 2022, 18.00 – 20.00
Saturday 10 September 2022, 10.00 – 12.00
Tuesday 11 October 2022, 18.00 – 20.00
Saturday 12 November 2022, 10.00 – 12.00
Tuesday 13 December 2022, 18.00 – 20.00
Roadpeace turns 30
On 8 February 2022, Roadpeace turns 30. The charity is one of our longest-standing charitable partners and we are proud to have supported them for many years in the important work they do. We cannot commend enough the hard work of both volunteers and staff who tirelessly assist crash victims, their families and friends.
As a legal and professional services law firm, we are proud to have helped Roadpeace members through some of the most difficult periods of their lives. We’ve provided legal assistance to many victims and families as they seek justice and financial support for what has happened to them.
We’ve seen first-hand the benefits to survivors and their families of attending Roadpeace’s monthly support meetings and their strong sense of relief felt at being able to talk honestly and openly about what has happened to them, sometimes for the first time. Some survivors share their strategies for coping; others share their experiences of inquests and police investigations, which can feel very overwhelming to those recently injured or bereaved. We’ve also seen the friendships which have formed and which persist beyond the support meetings as people who share common experiences and traumas find solace through each other.
Roadpeace’s road safety campaigns should be a source of inspiration to all road users and a deterrent to those who drive without thinking of the consequences. Sadly it took Mansoor Chaudhry’s tragic death to bring the charity into existence, but as Roadpeace continues to campaign for matters of road safety in its 30th year, further tragedies may be averted.
Each year, Roadpeace holds commemorative and other events to remember road crash victims on National Road Victim Month in August and in support of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in November. Ince usually supports in-person services held in the South West of England.
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