Volunteer With Us
Our trained volunteers are essential to delivering Dublin Rape Crisis Centre services to survivors of sexual violence and providing much-needed support in other areas of our work.
Trained volunteer support work:
- Trained volunteer roles on National Helpline:
- Trained 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.
- Trained volunteer accompaniment roles:
- Trained volunteers also provide support to survivors who attend the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit at the Rotunda Hospital for medical and forensic examinations.
- With experience, trained volunteers can accompany survivors to court and on visits to Garda stations.
Other volunteer roles:
- Helping to raise awareness around prevention of sexual violence through outreach work - public talks and information sessions on schools and colleges.
- Assisting us in fundraising to maintain key services and work.
Assisting 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 at intervals throughout the year, in order to ensure sufficient numbers of trained volunteers are always available. Each volunteer completes extensive training followed by a final assessment.
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 a minimum of two years of service.
For other volunteering roles, we provide a short induction programme.
Available supports for volunteers
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.
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.