Volunteer with the GRCC
At the Galway Rape Crisis Centre we recognize that we could not offer such a wide range of services without the ongoing support of our dedicated volunteers. They are the backbone of the organization. We are committed to the care and training of our volunteers. All volunteers receive extensive training from our volunteer coordinators and other staff members. In addition we provide regular supervision, which allow volunteers to share insights and receive mutual support. These meetings also include ongoing training and inputs from other organizations as required.
The Galway Rape Crisis Centre has a dedicated team of specially trained volunteers who operate the following services:
Volunteer counsellors form an integral part of the services provided by GRCC. Our volunteers are trained extensively on a variety of skills as relevant to sexual violence. The aim of the training is to provide prospective volunteers with a good foundation in counselling theory and counselling skills.
The Galway Rape Crisis Centre has a dedicated group of volunteers who are available to offer support to women and men who are attending the Garda Station, A & E or Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in Galway.
The Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) gives essential care and forensic support to people who have been the survivors of sexual assault and rape. The work done at these units is of prime importance on two fronts, firstly in the provision of sensitive care to assault survivors who are often traumatised and deeply distressed, but also in taking the necessary steps to support the survivor and the judicial system in bringing the perpetrators to justice.
The GRCC provides an educational prevention and awareness programme for groups and young people. Talks and workshops are held in a safe-space and are designed to educate, challenge and stimulate participants to explore new ways of thinking.
Staff and specially trained volunteers will visit schools, community groups etc to provide information and to promote prevention and awareness of all aspects of sexual violence.
Do you have a few hours to spare every now and then? Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet people, have fun, and help us to support survivors of sexual abuse in Galway. We run events all year round and we are always looking for volunteers to help us out. If you can spare any time, we would love to hear from you. Your efforts truly can make a difference. For further information, please contact us on 091 564800 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
GRCC recruits Interns twice yearly, due to the number of requests from people wishing to be an Intern at the centre we cannot reply to each person individually. Internships will be advertised on the website and through local press
Mags – GRCC Intern
I began interning with GRCC in March 2014. A women’s studies student at the time, I wanted to learn more about the sector and gain some skills in fundraising. After six weeks, not only had I gained valuable experience in fundraising, advocacy and administration, I had a deeper understanding and respect for the work of Rape Crisis Centres and the services they provide. One of the first things I noticed was how dedicated the staff were to the care of their clients.
I remember one afternoon a client dropped in a thank you present of a hyacinth flower, representing her journey as a survivor, and a card explaining how important the centre has been in helping her heal. Misconceptions I held about sexual violence, in particular, the recovery process, were soon displaced. This internship inspired me to write my Master’s dissertation on the issue of sexual violence and raise funds by running races for the YOUR campaign. I enjoyed the experience so much I came back a year later to volunteer two days a week. I know the experiences and relationships I have formed here will be invaluable to me in my future career, and I would encourage anyone who is interested in volunteering to sign up straight away!
Tricia – Fundraising Volunteer
When I stand out on the streets of Galway collecting for the GRCC there are two comments I constantly hear. ‘That’s such a worthy cause’ and ‘It’s badly needed’. Many say nothing at all but their donations speak volumes. Such generosity shows just how supportive people are in spirit and financially especially with the economic downturn. For me, it’s only a few hours out of my day, a few times a year and is very heartening to see such responses. Other volunteers I’ve met feel exactly the same way too. Time that costs nothing but makes a huge difference to the GRCC who rely heavily on fundraising events to keep their doors open due to on-going demand for it’s services.