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.
SATU Support Workers
The Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) opened its doors in Galway in 2009. The SATU provides a multidisciplinary response to sexual assault and rape, bringing together the Gardai, medical staff, and GRCC support workers. The SATU gives essential care and forensic support to people who have been the survivors of sexual assault and rape. GRCC provide a 24 hour, 365 day a year psychological support service for survivors of recent sexual assault and rape.
Train with GRCC and become involved in providing this much needed service in our local community.
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!
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.