National Asbestos Support Associations and Groups

Thank you for visiting this website resource giving details on asbestos and mesothelioma support groups. It is simply an information website and is not associated with any charity.

Breathing in asbestos fibres is damaging to the lungs and can cause four main diseases:

  • Asbestosis – a non-malignant scarring of the lung tissue
  • Asbestos-related lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma – a form of cancer mainly affecting the lining of the lungs
  • Non-malignant pleural disease (diffuse pleural thickening and pleural plaques)

Asbestos is the term for a group of minerals that is made up of thousands of microscopic fibres. We now know the dangers of breathing in asbestos but for many years we didn’t and it was used in buildings for roofing, flooring and insulation. Thankfully its use is now banned but buildings built before the year 2000 may still contain asbestos. The HSE has more information on asbestos health and safety.

Anyone who has worked in the construction industry may be at risk in jobs such as joiners, plumbers, electricians, painters and builders. Those who worked in railway engineering, factories and shipbuilding may also be at risk. Fire and Rescue officers may also be at risk having entered burning buildings that contain asbestos.

If you think that you are suffering from an asbestos related disease such as mesothelima or asbestosis, then you should immediately seek medical attention and contact your local GP. There are also a large number of national and local asbestos and mesothelioma support groups who can advice you on your condition and provide support and guidance for both you and your family. They, as well as specialist solicitors may also be able to advise you on asbestos and mesothelioma compensation claims.

Asbestos and Mesothelioma Support Groups

These are groups whose primary activity is to make home visits to asbestos victims, provide a comprehensive advice service, provide ongoing support, campaign on behalf of victims.

Asbestos Action Tayside (covering East of Scotland)

Asbestos Action Tayside
Caledonian House
01382 225715

Asbestos Support West Midlands

138 Digbeth,
B5 6DR
0121 678 8883

Cheshire Asbestos Victims Support Group

3 Fryer Street
Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1ND
01928 576641

Clydebank Asbestos Group

8 Crown Avenue,
Radnor Park
G8 3BW
0141 951 1008

Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group

Windrush Millennium Centre, Unit 2.5
70 Alexandra Road, Moss Side
Manchester, M16 7WD
0161 636 7555

Hampshire Asbestos Support & Awareness Group

79 Radstock Road
SO19 2HT
02380 010 015 and 02380 010 16;

Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Group

3rd Floor, Oriel Chambers,
14 Water Street
L2 8TD
0151 236 1895

South Yorkshire Asbestos Victim Support Group

Unit 37
Moorgate Crofts Business Centre
South Grove
S60 2DH
01709 360 672

Asbestos Support and Campaign Organisations

These are groups whose primary activity is to provide support and campaign on behalf of victims; raise funds for research into asbestos-related diseases

Asbestos Awareness & Support Cymru

02920 363550

Asbestos in Schools Campaign

c/o Kriss Payne, Parliamentary Researcher to Annette Brooke MP
020 7219 8193 (Fax: 020 7219 1898)

Cumbria Asbestos-related Disease Support

c/o Barrow & District Disability Association,
71-77 School Street,
Cumbria LA14 1EJ
01423 206 570

June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund

c/o Riverside East,
2 Millsands, Sheffield
S3 8DT
0114 274 4420

Mesothelioma UK

Glenfield Hospital
Groby Road Leicester
TEL 0800 169 2409

Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund

c/o British Lung Foundation, Sir G B Hunter Memorial Hospital
The Green, Wallsend
NE28 7PB.
0191 263 7386

Northern TUC Asbestos Support & Campaign Group

c/o West View Advice & Resource Centre Ltd
The Community Centre
Miers Avenue
TS24 9JQ
TEL: 01429 271294

Paul Readhead Asbestos Support & Awareness Group

c/o 59 Eade Close
Newton Aycliffe
County Durham
TEL 01325 310133

Other Contacts


British Asbestos Newsletter
East London Mesothelioma Support
0800 8766 773

Accident Claims Advice

London Hazards Centre

Hampstead Town Hall Centre
213 Haverstock Hill
London NW3 4QP
020 7794 5999

International Ban Asbestos Secretariat

Mesothelioma UK

National Macmillan Mesothelioma Resource Centre
Hospital Management Offices, Glenfield Hospital, Groby Road, Leicester LE3 9QP.
Helpline: 0800 169 2409
Fax: 0116 250 2810
E Mail:

International Asbestos Organisations


International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS)

Collection of international information about asbestos.

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

Website of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF), the American nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma as a life-ending disease.

Mesothelioma Information and Resources Group

The Mesothelioma Information and Resource Group (MIRG) is an organisation created to assist patients, family, friends and loved ones in learning about mesothelioma and other asbestos-related injuries. It is the aim of MIRG to provide information about the disease, its causes, its treatment and its personal and legal impact.

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is the largest independent asbestos victims’ organization in the U.S. It was founded in 2004 to give asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice, to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and to work towards a global asbestos ban. ADAO is dedicated to preventing asbestos-caused diseases through national and international education, advocacy, and community initiatives.

There may be more mesothelioma and asbestos support groups than those listed.