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Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes the Road Victims Trust to the Royal Norfolk Show

The Road Victims Trust’s new support services for Norfolk were launched at the Royal Norfolk Show this week.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk has commissioned the Trust with a £60,000 grant to help support the bereaved and anyone who is affected by a road death.

The funding will provide emotional and practical support to all those who are affected by road crime, road death and life-changing injury, offering a face-to-face counselling service for as long as required, to help bereaved families and individuals to begin to cope and recover.

The charity will also work in partnership with Norfolk Constabulary’s Police Family Liaison Officers to alleviate the emotional and practical pressure on front-line officers.

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Giles Orpen-Smellie, said: “I am delighted that we can bring the Road Victims Trust to Norfolk to deliver much-needed counselling and support to victims of road traffic collisions. 

This year we have seen an extraordinary number of fatalities on our road network: 15 deaths to date.  So, the need for highly skilled counsellors to provide this wrap-around service to give victims information, alongside emotional and practical support, is very important.

“Indeed, all our colleagues working in the emergency services, on the front line, often witness trauma and may well feel the strain themselves on a regular basis. Providing support for them too is vital for their wellbeing.”

The Road Victims Trust’s Chief Executive, Mark Turner, said: “It is a terrible and shocking fact that each day in the United Kingdom, five people will be killed and many, many more will suffer life-changing injuries on the road networks.

“I am so pleased that we can bring our experience and expertise to Norfolk, giving hope to rebuild victims’ lives. The funding will allow us to employ a full-time case manager who is dedicated to Norfolk and who will then recruit and train 15-20 counsellors.”