The changeover of financial years is a time to reflect on the year past and look forward. I am very proud of the outstanding work of our staff and volunteers. Last year we supported over 1,000 people impacted by road trauma and our educational programs reached over 2,000 people.
Like many smaller charities we operate on a very tight budget to meet the needs of the community; and our unique programs and services are possible because of the tireless work of our many volunteers and donors. Please know that you are helping us make a real difference in the lives of many.
RTSSV's Road Trauma Awareness Seminar (RTAS) program is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year. RTAS is now delivered to over 1,000 traffic offenders in 17 locations across the state of Victoria on a monthly basis. Last year RTAS was evaluated by the Monash University Accident Research Centre, and places us in a great place for our delivery of the program.
Awareness of RTSSV is growing and I’d like to ask for your support in letting Victorians know about our services. Please ‘like’ us on Facebook or Twitter and share our road safety messages; or join the Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign – it’s a great way to show the community why road safety is so important. I encourage you to register early for the Shine a Light on Road Safety community walk and invite your family and friends to come along. Below you’ll find more information about this and other events, including the Time for Remembering ceremony.
After five years of service, we farewell one of our directors Jenny Reece as she announces her retirement. Jenny has been a passionate and dedicated contributor to the Board and to the Development and Communications subcommittee where she was Chair for several years. We wish Jenny health, happiness and we send our gratitude as she leaves us for the greener pastures of a European autumn.
An open invitation is extended to the public to attend RTSSV's Time for Remembering. This year marks the 14th year of the state-wide ceremony, which gives attendees the opportunity to commemorate the lives of loved ones lost on our roads, celebrate their lives and give thanks for those who survived. It is also an opportunity to pay tribute to those agencies and individuals who work tirelessly to reduce the road toll and the associated trauma and grief.
People who have been personally impacted by road trauma play a critical role in our education programs.
RTSSV delivers local education programs that address the attitudes and behaviours of road users. Volunteers share their personal stories to get the road safety message out into the community and ultimately save lives!
If you have been:
• injured or had a family member/friend injured or die
• first on the scene at a serious road incident
• a witness to a road incident
• a driver involved in a serious road incident
• an emergency service worker attending a road incident
• are you looking to share your story with others in the hope that one less family is impacted by road trauma?
RTSSV will be appealing to all Victorians to show their commitment to road safety by turning on their headlights on Friday 1 May 2015.
Victoria Police and Minister for Road Terry Mulder are supporting this important road safety initiative and you can too. Here’s how:
Register NOW for the community walk on Sunday 3 May 2015 at Jells Park and invite your family and friends to come along. Tickets are just $20 per family. It’s going to be a fun family day with food, entertainment and a beautiful walk around the lake.
Fundraise for RTSSV by asking family and friends to sponsor you to Shine a Light on Road Safety – it’s a great way to share important road safety messages with your family and friends and help us raise vital funds to support our work helping those impacted by road trauma.
RTSSV has been selected as one of the finalists in the VACC Regional Safety Award, part of the Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards, for the recent Ballarat Community Road Safety Forum.
RTSSV and Victoria Police planned, coordinated and hosted the Ballarat Community Road Safety Forum held on Tuesday 24 June 2014. More than 120 people braved the weather to attend and hear from both road safety experts and volunteer speakers who, themselves, had been directly affected by road trauma.
The aim of the forum was to promote road safety in regional Victoria where road users are at significantly higher risk of death and serious injury.The event was an outstanding success with the majority of attendees reporting that the forum would make them a safer driver.
The forum was also supported by Leadership Ballarat and Western Region, the City of Ballarat and Ballarat services, CFA, SES and Ambulance Victoria. We would like to thank the following for their contribution to the forum Mark Cartledge, Victor Gartside, Chris Mair, Rick Williams, Lorraine Yeomans and Bendix.
Photo: Rick Williams, Chris Mair and Victor Garside.
Joel Thompson, Volunteer
Joel Thompson, is from St Kilda and is currently training to be a Volunteer speaker.
How did you become involved with RTSSV?
I first came across RTSSV in about seven years ago, after a localised incident had an impact on my wider community, I went looking for this type of organisation to see what types of services were available to victims of road trauma. Being just 21 years old at the time, I was quite naive when it came to the Victorian roads and all things associated with them.
At 21 you don't generally think about things like the road toll, statistics, driver behaviours, or sometimes even other road users until something happens to you or the people closest to you. Back then, there was probably a lack of education for young people on our roads, you got your licence after studying a book, and sitting a test. Maybe a mandatory driver safety and risk education course should be introduced, to make our roads a safer place. A course that focuses on decision-making and the consequences of choices.
It only takes a split second decision for something to go wrong, and it can end in disaster, that can have an effect on a much wider audience, than just the people directly involved. Making safer choices and having the knowledge to make safer choices should be a clear indicator for greater education programs delivered to road users.
I work for an organisation that enables young people to realise their potential and what they have to offer, and gives them the confidence to put those skills into action. Using the plan, and review model, the reflection or review phase is one of the most critically important phases, as students can discover so much about themselves in that moment of self-reflection. Students are also given the responsibility to lead their team through various outdoor obstacles and challenges, making real life decisions that affect their team.
They are then given the chance to reflect on their experience, drill and rehearse, and then try again. Not only do they learn from their own experience, but the experience that they observe and share with their peers. I believe it is only in this type of real life decision-making environment, that young people can uncover their ability to make better informed, positive and calculated decisions in every-day life. Understanding and identifying potential hazards or dangers, and reducing risk, by taking the necessary precautionary steps, is a vital skill that all young people should be encouraged to learn.
What do you hope to get out of being involved with RTSSV?
I put my hand up to volunteer because I wanted to make a difference, and maybe help other young drivers and road users to reduce taking unnecessary risks that could lead to disastrous consequences.
What does road safety mean to you?
Road safety means a continuous effort by the community, of raising awareness and connecting young and old drivers with key messages, delivered in positive environments that have a deeper human connection that can hopefully enable change. I would like to see the road toll reduced by at least 50% over the next 12 months, a higher goal than the forecasted figures in the Victoria Road Safety Strategy released last year.
If you had one message for RTAS participants what would it be?
Life is too short to take unnecessary risks.
What are your hopes in volunteering with RTSSV?
I would like to say that hopefully I could explore the opportunity to be more than just a Volunteer speaker and to be involved in education in the future.
A big thank you to Serco
A big thank you to Serco’s Traffic Camera Services team who as part of their “Pulse” award were able to nominate RTSSV to receive a donation. Every dollar donated helps us provide vital services to Victorians impacted by road trauma.
Thank you Serco for your very kind donation.
Photo:Geoff Perkins, Serco Operations Manager Traffic Camera Services, Bernadette Nugent, RTSSV Counselling and Support Manager, Cameron Sinclair, RTSSV CEO and Simon Guy, Serco General Manager Traffic Camera Services.
The University of Sydney, are conducting research on the effects of workplace death on families. As part of this, they are including deaths which occurred on the road during work (e.g. truck driver fatalities), as well as those that occurred driving to or from work, or between work sites.
The study which will provide systematic evidence on the health and financial effects of workplace death on families, in the hope of bringing about positive changes for those impacted.
If you would like more information and how to participate go here.
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Road trauma can happen to anyone. Each dollar donated helps us provide vital services to Victorians impacted by road trauma. Make a donation today or call 1300 367 797.
We reinvest all funds into our programs and work hard to make sure that the resources entrusted to us are used as efficiently and effectively as possible.