Charity Partner

Charity Profile

Brake

Founded in 1995, Brake is a road safety charity that has been working with communities and organisations across the UK to stop the tragedy of road deaths and injuries, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and support people bereaved and seriously injured on our roads.

5 people a day are killed on UK roads, and over 60 are seriously injured. Globally, every year, 1.25 million people are killed in road crashes and up to 50 million are seriously injured.

Brake’s vision is a world where there are zero road deaths and injuries, and people can get around in ways that are safe, sustainable, healthy and fair.

Brake work towards this goal by providing a number of lifesaving initiatives.

We run a nationally accredited helpline providing emotional support, practical information, advocacy services and face-to-face support to anyone bereaved or affected by an injury in a crash.

Brake’s support literature is available in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Island, and have also been translated into 13 different languages.

These support guides are handed out by police following every death on the road in the UK, and gives families clear and compassionate information around what is an incredibly traumatic time.

As a communications charity, Brake work hard to campaign for change, lobbying with policy makers to try and create a lasting change within our society and laws, creating better safe systems. Each year we coordinate Road Safety Week, involving grass-roots involvement from organisations, road safety professionals and schools in the UK and globally, raising awareness around current issues within road safety.

Brake work towards this goal by providing a number of lifesaving initiatives. This includes educational work with key audiences, such as at-work drivers and schools, and campaigning on important issues within road safety to help achieve change.

Brake also work within communities and key audiences to raise awareness and enable them to make positive choices when driving. Road incidents are one of the largest killers of children in the UK, and as road safety is no longer a mandatory subject on the school curriculum, we provide teachers much needed resources to teach their classes about dangers on the roads, and the importance of keeping active and healthy by walking or cycling to school. One in three road crashes involve someone driving for work, so it is vital for us to work closely with professional drivers and businesses to encourage them to manage their as much as possible. We do this through our Brake Professional membership scheme, which works on developing current and effective best-practice guidance to fleet managers and drivers, on managing road risk and driver engagement.

Brake manages its finances carefully and prioritises investing funds in our crucial support services and charitable activities. We can say with pride that for every £1 donated to Brake, we spend 81p on charitable activities.

If you’d like to find out more about the work we do, please contact us on corporate@brake.org.uk