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The Cheshire Asbestos Victims Support Group was formed in 1992, by members who had been actively involved in campaign issues, relating to asbestos, since the early 1980’s. The group gained Charity Status in 1994.
The group changed its direction from campaign work to support work for victims of asbestos related disease and their families. The intention was to ensure that all those that were affected by asbestos diseases, in Cheshire, had access to help, information, advice and support. It was felt that if victims were encouraged to pursue claims for their illness then this would help to improve their quality of life and make asbestos uninsurable thus adding weight to the fight for an asbestos ban. The group still actively campaign on many issues involving asbestos victims and their families. In 1999 the UK eventually banned the import and use of asbestos.
In 1997 the group was successful in obtaining a grant of £21,000 from the National Lottery, over a 3year period, for the purchase of a computer and to provide a home visiting service to asbestos sufferers that were housebound. Unfortunately this funding ceased in 2000. Although we still continue to provide a home visiting service it is reliant upon our finances and availability of volunteer advisers.
In 1998, The Mayor of Halton Mr Tony McDermott, nominated the group as his charity of the year. The money raised was used to purchase our first respite caravan in 1999.
In 2000 we were successful in obtaining a grant from the National Lottery to provide a ramp for the respite caravan to provide disabled access.
In 2002 we were able to upgrade the respite caravan, through the sale of the existing caravan and a generous donation of £15,000 from Rocksavage Power Company Ltd, to a more spacious one situated on a 5 star site.
The group at present is run entirely by volunteers, most of whom are victims themselves. However predictions that asbestos disease will steadily rise, reaching a peak around 2020, has prompted us to seek funding to employ paid workers to ensure that the services will continue well into the future. From March 2006 we have been able to employ a full time worker, for 1 year, to pilot a project managing the advice and support services of the group. If the pilot scheme is successful we are hoping to achieve funding to make the post more permanent. The post is supervised by the office manager and is directly responsible to the Management Committee.
The policies of the group are determined by constitution and are overseen by the Management Committee. The financing of the project is achieved by core funding from Halton Borough Council, small grants from various organisations and generous donations from victims and other supporters of our group. A recent change in the law has enabled us to receive a referral fee from solicitors in successful cases and any money we receive from this will be used to the benefit of our clients.
The group operates an equal opportunity policy and everyone is welcome regardless of their age, sex, race, religion etc.
All services provided are entirely free to victims of asbestos related illness and/or their families.
The group has no vested interest in any company or statutory organisation.
Advice given to victims is completely independent and non-profit making.
Work of the Group
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