LABRATS - A new ERA (Education, Recognition & Awareness)
At LABRATS, we are the main portal for the Atomic Community across the world. Our website and Social Media is viewed by thousands of people each week.
Each week, we are adding to our directory, new organisations and individuals joining the ERA program.
Many people have asked us why LABRATS exists, we have three main aims:
We are an information portal, providing information and links across the world to Organisations, Individuals, Videos, Books, Websites, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.
Our weekly Radio show has interviews with veterans and people connected with the tests. Our weekly quiz is watched by hundreds of people. Our Health Survey will be released on 1st December 2020.
We help other organisations in their fight for Recognition across the world, in the UK, we are campaigning for a medal and have submitted a claim to the Advisory Military Sub Committee to support the UK nuclear veterans. We promote other organisations campaigns across the world and encourage people to write to their MP's and Representatives. Our weekly blog posts contain information from veterans and other individuals.
Our history pages on our website provide information relating to the tests and our research section provides links to papers relating to the tests. Our book library showcases the books that have been written about the tests.
WE DO NOT COMPETE WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS
We are NOT a membership organisation, we do not provide grants to veterans, there are already fantastic organisations across the world who provide these services and we signpost enquiries to these organisations.
We are an information portal, sharing information, promoting the work being undertaken across the world by fantastic people and organisations.
WE ARE NOT IN COMPETITION WITH ANY OTHER ORGANISATION
We do not compete with other organisations, we are are a unique organisation who promote the work of others across Social Media and help anyone looking for information or help.
WE WILL CONNECT AND PROMOTE ANYONE CONNECTED TO THE TESTS
We work with anyone connected to the testing program who has been affected and welcome people to our directory and will gladly share Facebook and Twitter feeds across our digital platforms. We welcome blog posts and links to resources.
WE PROVIDE A DIGITAL VOICE
Our blog posts often come from Veterans or other organisations, who have a story to tell, they may not be able to publish them online, but we can. These stories of the suffering are extremely powerful, many people are fighting their own battles, they do not need to fight them alone.
Our radio show allows us to tell the world across multiple platforms via podcasts that the testing program affected everyone on this planet.
ARE WE A CHARITY?
We are registered in the UK as a Community Interest Company (Company Number 12874772) this legal entity allows us to apply for grants and funding to continue our work. We did not register as a charity as there are already two organisations within the UK who help the British Nuclear Veterans and hundreds of other Military charities.
The British Nuclear Test Veterans Association (BNTVA) provide excellent services to nuclear veterans and a membership scheme. The Nuclear Community Charity Fund (NCCF) are overseeing the DNA project at Brunel University and provide grants to help the nuclear veterans and their families with mobility items, house adaptations and other items and have helped hundreds of families.
There is no need for another charity in the UK, we are here as a portal and to raise the awareness of the tests, our ERA program is our focus. We will signpost enquiries to these organisations, as they can provide help, support and guidance to the people who need them, they have the expertise and systems to assist them.
We fully support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as the Treaty also obliges States parties to provide adequate assistance to individuals affected by the use or testing of nuclear weapons, as well as to take necessary and appropriate measure of environmental remediation in areas under its jurisdiction or control contaminated as a result of activities related to the testing or use of nuclear weapons. We are proud to be an official ICAN partner.
Our founders are Descendants of Atomic Veterans and are passionate about ensuring that the people affected by the tests are never forgotten and are recognised for their sacrifices. They are volunteers and take no remuneration for their time. (Only basic expenses)
We are here to help, the greater the media attention to the worldwide testing program the better. We will support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and work until it is ratified.
The Legacy of the Atomic Bomb has affected us all. We must remember this and LABRATS aims to do this by ensuring that if a person needs help, they can find the organisation in their country and get the help. By providing a central portal, an individual can be helped quickly in their time of need. A central portal allows anyone across the world to be educated using research papers, videos and links to other information sites.
Organisations must work together in harmony, this is not a competition, we are here for the Atomic community.