Galway Rape Crisis Centre seeks volunteer support workers

The Galway Rape Crisis Centre is currently looking for support workers to help victims of sexual assaults.

The centre has been supporting survivors of sexual abuse and rape since 1984, offering a range of services that include short and long term counselling, court accompaniment, group sessions, and advocacy services.

As a result of its campaigning work for 20 years, Galway became the location of one of the country’s few sexual assault treatment units which opened in 2009.

It offers coordinated multidisciplinary services by gardai, health professionals and a team of GRCC psychological support workers to people in the immediate aftermath of a sexual assault or rape.

Research has shown the huge difference emotional support makes to survivors in the immediate aftermath of trauma, and the centre is now recruiting female SATU support workers who will be provided with comprehensive training over six weekends, and an induction day followed by shadowing while on call. Volunteers will join a team that receives support and supervision, ensuring best practice standards.

Among the services the centre offers to the wider community are an education and prevention programme that is delivered to secondary schools and third level colleges, as well as disclosure trainings for anyone who, in a professional or volunteering capacity, is likely to receive disclosures of sexual violence or abuse.

For more information visit www.galwayrcc.org/satu for a comprehensive information pack and application form.

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