Devon Rape Crisis Service is really excited to be launching our new email support service. We are particularly pleased because service developed in direct response to women using our services. We were receiving lots of emails asking for support on our administration email address so we decided to set up a dedicated email account in order to offer this. A key feature of our email support service is that it is anonymous; we have a system which removes email addresses so we do not have any identifying details of callers. At the moment emails are answered once a week by a team of trained volunteers but we hope to increase this in the future. There is a full FAQ section on using the email service in the "Our Services" section of the website.
We would like to say a big thank you to Debbie who ran the Bristol Half Marathon in aid of Devon Rape Crisis Service. She ran the marathon in 2 hours 28 minutes, so well done Debbie! Thank you for giving up your time and energy to raise funds for DRCS.
Please note that as from this week (beginning Monday 3rd September 2012), our helpline hours have changed. They are as follows:
Monday - 3pm until 6pm, Wednesday 10am until 1pm and Friday 6pm until 9pm.
The helpline number is still the same 01392 204174.
One of our volunteers Debbie is running the Bristol half marathon on the 30th September with her friend Annie Broadbent. Annie was part of the group who initially set up Devon Rape Crisis Service in 2011 to whom we are eternally grateful. Details of the marathon are in the following link.
They are both running the marathon in aid of Devon Rape Crisis Service, therefore if you would like to sponsor them, then you can do so by texting DRCS33 .. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10) to 70070 or click on our donate page.
We would like to thank Debbie and Annie for raising money and awareness of Devon Rape Crisis Service and wish them luck in the marathon.
Debbie running the marathon in 2011
Isca College of Media & Arts held a two night production of Mulan on the 4th and 5th July. Devon Rape Crisis Service were there to raise money and awareness.
St Sidwells Volunteer Fair Fun Day took place on Saturday 16th June 2012. Devon Rape Crisis held a stall at the St Sidwells Community Centre which helped raise awareness about our services and volunteering opportunities.
On Sunday 27th May 2012, Devon Rape Crisis Service held it's first Awayday for the whole organisation. Volunteers, Staff, Trustees and Patrons gathered at the City Gate Hotel in Exeter to work together on the development of the strategic plan.
Values were re-visited, our sucessess so far were celebrated and we started to hone the aims and objectives for Devon Rape Crisis Service for the next 5 years.
It was a lovely and positive day and was the first Awayday in what are planned to be six monthly events.
Devon Rape Crisis Service is looking for female volunteers in Devon to support women who have experienced rape or sexual violence at any time in their lives. All volunteers provide support on the telephone helpline which is based in Exeter and those who want to can also carry out face to face support at selected venues around Devon. We welcome applications from women who are disabled, from all ethnic backgrounds, lesbians and bisexuals and of all ages.
All volunteers will carry out training in Understanding and Working with Sexual Violence which is accredited by the Open College Network. The training will run on Tuesday evenings during September and October in central Exeter plus there is a residential weekend at the end of September. Deadline for applications is 22nd June 2012
"I feel like I have a much calmer outlook in how I deal with difficult emotions. It has given me space to process my experiences safely."
"It helped me move forward. I have been able to leave my house and go out. I can now do things I never thought I would be able to do again."
"Helped to make sense of things and re-assurance that just because he was found not guilty doesn't mean it didn't happen."