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Brake (Road safety advice, support for victims, and campaigning)

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  1. We are a road safety charity who offer advice to fleet operators on road safety issues, care for people traumatised following a road crash, educate drivers about road safety and advise the government on road safety legislation.

    Please see our website for more details.


P O Box 548
Victim helpline

Huddersfield HD1 2XZ

0808 8000 401
Brake switchboard
01484 559909

Organisation last updated

  1. 03 November 2021

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Volunteers needed!

  1. Nine people are killed and 82 more are seriously injured every day on UK roads. Local communities across the North of England are being urged to help support people bereaved by road crashes by volunteering for Brake, the national road safety charity.

    Volunteers are urgently needed to provide face-to-face support to families and individuals who are newly bereaved as a result of a death on the road. The service aims to provide immediate practical and emotional support, helping prevent Post Traumatic Stress Disorders and other conditions.

    It is estimated by the NHS that about 30% of people exposed to a traumatic event, such as the sudden death of someone close to them, will develop post traumatic stress disorder [1].

    Volunteers will help clients through the initial shock and grief period, help them to understand traumatic grief and its stages, develop coping mechanisms, and help them to access relevant emotional support services. Volunteers will take satisfaction in knowing that they have made a crucial difference to both the individuals they are supporting, and to their extended family and friends.

    Volunteers for this service will come from a range of backgrounds, but are likely to have some relevant experience working with people bereaved or traumatised.
    To apply to volunteer or to find out more, contact 01484 559909 or

    Sarah Fatica, head of BrakeCare, says: Brake urgently needs volunteers to help make this vital care service possible. From our experience of working with people bereaved by a road crash we know that early intervention from a friendly face, with access to the right information, can really help victims feel supported and cared for and significantly improve their long term health. Please contact Brake today to volunteer to really improve people''s quality of life at such a tragic time.

    All selected volunteers will receive extensive free training provided by expert bereavement and trauma specialists.

  2. 03/11/2021