Asbestos victims' support groups in England started to spring up in the early 1990s, when the true scale of human suffering from asbestos-related diseases was at last accepted by the medical profession, industry, government, and health and safety regulators.
Tragically, in the 1960s and 70s, at the height of asbestos manufacture and use, and when industry and government alike knew of the asbestos health hazard, only a few small organizations and campaigners were prepared to confront the powerful asbestos industry. Many of the current groups owe their existence to the courageous and indefatigable work of those campaigners.
For some time, asbestos victims' support groups in the North of England met informally to discuss issues of common concern, and to take collective action to further the interests of asbestos victims. We believe that only by acting collectively can we represent asbestos victims effectively. It is for this reason that the Asbestos Victims Support Groups' Forum UK was set up in 2005.
The Forum is open to all asbestos victims' support groups who work on behalf of asbestos victims. All groups should be independent, not-for-profit organisations or registered charities. They must abide by the Forum constitution, and the Forum Principles which set out minimum standards for groups.
Groups are registered in one of three categories defined by the services they provide to asbestos victims. All groups actively support Forum campaigns.
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