London 7th July bombings – Foundation announces its role at commemoration
June 29, 2015 | Nick Taylor
Tuesday 7th July 2015 is the tenth anniversary of the London bombings. The city and nation will come together to remember those who lost their lives and those who survived, as well as the many people who came to their aid.
The Prime Minister, Mayor London, House of Commons Speaker, House of Lord’s Speaker and the Leader of HM Opposition will represent the national at a wreath-laying ceremony at the 7/7 memorial in Hyde Park. They will be accompanied by the Transport Commissioner and representatives of London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service, the Metropolitan Police, City Police, British Transport Police and the London Assembly Chair and London Councils Chair.
At 11:00 a service will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral and at 11:30 there will be a minutes silence observed across the transport network.
Later in the afternoon at 14:30 there will be a remembrance event at Hyde Park, the reading of the names of those who died and the laying of flowers that takes place every year to commemorate the events ten years ago.
The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace manages the national Survivors Assistance Network (SAN), established to support victims and survivors of terrorism, political violence and war. The SAN team will operate from a designated ‘quiet area’ marquee available for those affected to talk to our professional support team and for people to find out more about the network. Brent Bereavement Service trained counselling volunteers will be on hand to provide on the day support to the many people who are expected to be in the city to commemorate and remember and they will also operate a dedicated website www.7julyassistance.org that provides information about the help and support available.
Terry O’Hara, who manages the Survivors Assistance Network said: “terrorism has a profound impact on people as it is a crime that not only affects them but is ultimately an attack on society.
“commemorations and anniversaries are very sensitive times as people are confronted with what happened and trauma can effect different people in many ways.
“the Survivors Assistance Network can help and we will be available to anyone who wishes to talk or find out more about what we can offer.”
The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace was established twenty years ago after a terrorist attack in North West England and is contracted by the Government to manage long-term support to terrorism victims survivors and their families who live in Britain.
The Foundation’s relationship to London 7/7
On behalf of the Government, we provide services to those affected by terrorism, delivered through the Survivors Assistance Network (SAN) – this includes victims and survivors of London 7/7. In addition, from 2010 the Foundation has provided event management and pastoral support to the annual 7/7 anniversary commemoration in Hyde Park. This year due to the scale of the event, the Mayor of London is leading and co-ordinating at City and State level. Our team will be at Hyde Park accompanied by a team of voluntary trained bereavement counsellors and providing quiet spaces for people to come and talk to us.
Our work in countering violent extremism is often around education and working with young people. Following the bombing, the Foundation worked in schools in Leeds and Bradford, and one of our key projects (THINK – www.think4peace.org) that is used to counter extremism was developed following the aftermath of 7/7. We also facilitate dialogue processes in communities specifically addressing radicalisation and extremism.
Survivors Assistance Network (SAN)
Terrorism is a low frequency high impact event that affects a relatively small number of people. Survivors and those affected by terrorism, perhaps uniquely amongst victims, have suffered attacks that are intended ultimately to harm society. They largely have the same needs for protection and assistance as victims of any other serious violent criminal acts and, in the early stages after the event, must be supported in similar ways.
However, owing to the nature of the attack, terrorism victims can be under public scrutiny and often have a much greater need for social recognition and respectful treatment. They are often at risk of re-victimisation and develop long-term physical and psychological needs for assistance in their lives.
SAN is a social, health and welfare self-help membership network for people affected by terrorism. It brings together those who share the same experience and trauma and provides a self-help forum and way to assist each other.
The network offers a series of structured interventions that aims to share information and experience, and encourages self-help and thus reduces the severity of treatment resistant post-traumatic stress and improves recovery time, enabling people to find a way to cope and recover.
The network whilst having members is not a ‘club’ and neither does it seek to ‘badge’ people in any way; it aims to provide a structure to deliver assistance in a cohesive and sustainable way that will make a real differences to those people affected by terrorism.
SAN encourages self-help and is open to all English and Welsh citizens (as well as UK and international citizens domiciled in England and Wales) affected by terrorism, political violence and war. It is an inclusive network that welcomes people from diverse backgrounds.
SAN is funded by the Ministry of Justice but operated entirely independently under grant agreement by the charity governed by a board of trustees, a governing framework and regulated by the Charity Commission and English company law. All dealings between individuals and the charity are strictly confidential and managed under English data protection laws. The project reports to a board made up of trustees and an independent membership many of whom are specialists in this field or have experienced critical incidents in their own lives.
The network is not ‘service’based and is not local authority or clinically governed. Certain interventions are measured to ensure SAN is meeting its funding outcomes. It does not replace statutory and regulated services such as those provided by local authorities, the NHS, central Government or recognized experts such as Victim Support, the British Red Cross, veterans organisations, bereavement counselors etc.
Many people affected by London 7/7: bereaved family members, survivors and those affected are part of SAN.
Large media presence and increased security expected at Hyde Park – read more by clicking here