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Back to meeting face-to-face

30 May 2022

We’ve started meeting face-to-face again, although we’re still taking a cautious approach to visiting people at home. On International Workers’ Memorial Day, Thursday 28 April, we hosted a reception for our supporters at our new offices in The Warehouse.  About 30 people attended.  Celebrating contributions to our work One of our trustees, Neil Vernon, gave…

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Please help save the Barrow Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Centre

26 April 2022

If you have claimed Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit and the government’s Lump Sum Scheme – officially known as the Pneumoconiosis etc. Workers’ Compensation Scheme –  you will have dealt with the Barrow-in-Furness office. The planned closure of this site will mean that a wealth of expertise is lost. The Barrow office is a small  team…

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VACANCY for a part-time admin & bookkeeping assistant

22 April 2022

You will be helping a small team deliver vital support to those with asbestos related diseases including admin and bookkeeping, answering our helpline, checking and responding to emails, and helping us track new and existing cases Closing date Wednesday 18 May at 2pm Job Description and Person Specification Job Title: Administrative & Bookkeeping Assistant Salary:…

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Join us to remember all those killed and injured at work by negligent employers and to demand acion to prevent it happening to others

5 April 2022
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More than 30,000 council buildings contain asbestos

31 March 2022

A law firm, Stephensons Solicitors LLP, has discovered that more than 30,000 Council run buildings in England contain asbestos. They found out by using freedom of information requests.253 out of 333 councils have responded to the requests so far. There was at least one building containing asbestos in every local authority.Danielle Callaway, one of the…

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Sign the new petition: Cape Must Pay

30 March 2022

Cape Intermediate Holdings (formerly Cape PLC) was one of the largest asbestos companies in the world. They had mining interests in South Africa as well as factories in the UK. Their asbestos products were widely used in construction in this country, especially Asbestolux and Marinite insulation boards. These products are at the heart of the…

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An interview with Mavis Nye

28 March 2022

Mavis Nye has lived with mesothelioma for 13 years. Since her diagnosis she has been raising funds for research into mesothelioma and treatments for it. She also campaigns to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos. Mavis believes it is never safe to leave asbestos in place, especially in schools. She would like to see…

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How donations are helping us to expand our work

23 March 2022

The move to our new offices at The Warehouse was made possible by the generosity of one of our service users, Chris Harper. It brings to an end years of uncertainty.  A donation in memory of Mr William Benton has made it possible for us to introduce the new case management system. A similar sized…

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Landmark battle for documents that show Asbestolux manufacturer Cape knew that asbestos insulation board was dangerous

10 March 2022

Important historical documents have been saved from destruction thanks to a court battle waged by the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK (the Forum). They will be vital to future asbestos compensation cases. The documents would have been destroyed but for the timely intervention of the Forum. They provide extraordinary evidence that the asbestos manufacturing…

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A word about the Butterfly Group

7 March 2022

Mesothelioma is a word we had never heard of before, but it changed our lives completely. We both lost our husbands to this awful disease in 2014. Sheila lives in the apartment above me and lost her husband eight months before my husband died. We got chatting at a few of the social gatherings where…

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