Volunteer With Us
Our volunteers are essential to delivering Dublin Rape Crisis Centre services to survivors of sexual violence and provide much-needed support in other areas of our work.
- Volunteers provide crisis counselling on the National Helpline 1800 77 88888 outside of office hours, at weekends and on public holidays. Their commitment means that whenever someone calls the Helpline a trained telephone counsellor is ready to listen, support and to provide information.
- Some volunteers are on call 365 days and nights a year to provide psychological and emotional support to survivors who attend the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit at the Rotunda Hospital for medical and forensic examinations.
- Some of our volunteers with longer experience accompany survivors to court and on visits to Garda stations.
- Some longer-term volunteers help raise awareness around prevention of sexual violence through outreach work - public talks and information sessions on schools and colleges.
- We have been very fortunate to see large numbers of volunteers come forward to assist us in fundraising to maintain our key services and work.
We have also had volunteers coming forward to assist in our administrative and policy work.
DRCC volunteers demonstrate outstanding commitment to supporting survivors of sexual violence, completing intensive training, regular supervision and debriefing sessions as well as giving their time and the Centre is deeply grateful to them. Their work makes an enormous difference in the lives of the survivors who contact us.
Volunteer recruitment and training drives for the National Helpline and SATU accompaniment take place twice annually, in February and September, in order to ensure sufficient numbers of trained volunteers are always available. Each volunteer completes extensive training followed by a final assessment. This training takes place over the course of four weekends and includes a visit to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) and input from the Garda National Protective Services Bureau.
We welcome female and male applicants aged over 24 years for our Helpline volunteer roles. No previous experience is required as volunteers receive full training and have access to staff support and mentoring. We ask Helpline volunteers to commit to two years of service.
Volunteers on National Helpline and accompaniment duty are supported by round-the-clock access to expert advice. They attend debriefing and receive guidance in regular supervision sessions facilitated by our Volunteer Services team of accredited psychotherapists.
Our Volunteer Services Department manages the recruitment, training, assessment and supervision of our volunteers. If you would like to learn more about volunteering with the DRCC, please call 01 6614911 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.