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Useful Information

Asbestos Victim
Support Groups

The Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum UK was set up in 2005 to co-ordinate the work that asbestos victims’ support groups do on behalf of asbestos victims.

All Forum members are independent not-for-profit organisations or registered charities. All members must abide by the Forum’s constitution and principles.Along with ourselves, the following groups are all members of the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK:


External Websites

British Asbestos Newsletter A quarterly publication focused on asbestos-related news in Britain, distributed to victim support groups, public bodies, lawyers, solicitors, barristers, researchers, doctors, academics and environmentalists.

London Hazards Centre Provides free information and advice to workers, trade union reps, and campaigners around health and safety in the workplace.

International Ban Asbestos Secretariat Established in 2000, IBAS works to share information between like-minded groups and individuals, with the aim of achieving a global asbestos ban.

Mesothelioma UK A charity dedicated to providing specialist information and education around mesothelioma, and to improving care and treatment for mesothelioma patients.

HSE Asbestos Advice Information on asbestos in the workplace for employers, employees and people who are self-employed. Includes information on the regulations for working with, and managing, asbestos.

International Mesothelioma Interest Group An independent international group of scientists and clinicians working to understand, cure and prevent mesothelioma.

Hazards The Hazards Campaign is a UK-wide network of Hazards Centres and campaigners. The Hazards Campaign supports those organising and campaigning for justice and safety at work.

Greater Manchester Hazards Centre A great organisation providing free information and advice to workers, trade union reps, and campaigners around health and safety in the workplace.

June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund A registered charity that sponsors and promote vital research into the causes and treatment of mesothelioma. 

Asbestos in Schools Campaign A UK-wide campaign addressing the ongoing issue of asbestos in our children’s schools.

Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund 0191 263 7386. An organisation that raises money for mesothelioma research.

Videos to Watch

Mesothelioma- the human face of an epidemic
Mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer caused by asbestos. Asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma kill thousands of people every year.

The following videos, produced in 1999, tell the stories of those with first-hand knowledge of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.

Part 1 Introduction

Part 2 Asbestos and Mesothelioma

Part 3 Eric’s story

Part 4 Ian’s story

Part 5 Nick Thatcher, Professor of Medical Oncology

Part 6 Sally and Barbara’s stories

Part 7 Tomas’ story

Part 8 Yvonne’s story

Part 9 Andrew’s story

Part 10 Elizabeth’s story

Campaigning &
Fundraising Groups

These are groups whose primary activity is to support and to campaign on behalf of asbestos victims, and to raise funds for medical research into asbestos-related diseases.


The asbestos crisis- why Britain needs an eradication law (All Party Parliamentaty Group on Occupational Health and Safety, 2015)

Asbestos in schools- the need for action (All Party Parliamentaty Group on Occupational Health and Safety, 2012)

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit- the case for disregard (Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK, 2009)