In the 1960s and 70s, at the height of asbestos use in the UK, only a few campaigners were prepared to confront the powerful asbestos industry.
In the 1990s, as true scale of human suffering from asbestos-related disease emerged, asbestos victims’ support groups began to be set up. Experience campaigners, often with a background in trade unionism, were joined by those who had lost a loved to asbestos.
These groups began to meet informally to share information and best practice, and to campaign nationally for justice for all asbestos victims, as the numbers of deaths continued to rise.
In 2005, a number of asbestos victims’ support groups established the Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum UK.
The Forum is open to all groups who provide free and independent support to people with asbestos-related diseases.
Forum members must be not-for-profit organisations or registered charities.
Forum members must abide by the Forum’s Principles: AVSGF Principles 2016