Women volunteers in North Devon are needed to represent our diverse community, including women who are disabled, from all ethnic backgrounds, lesbians and bisexuals and of all ages. Devon RCS offers free and confidential support to women in Devon who have experienced rape or sexual violence, now or in the past.
All volunteers will provide support on the telephone helpline and for the Email Support Service in Barnstaple and there is also the possibility of carrying out face to face support in the area where they live. They will also need to attend the volunteer meetings which take place once a month in Exeter. The training is accredited by Apt Awards and will take place in April and May, including a residential weekend.
Devon Rape Crisis Service is recruiting for two Specialist Support Workers
Post 1. 22.5 hours in Torbay
Post 2. 22.5 hours in North Devon
£23k pro rata
We deliver specialist support to women who have experienced rape, childhood sexual abuse or any other form of sexual violence. Services include a helpline, email support and ongoing face to face support in 22 locations across Devon and Torbay. We are expanding our staff team to deliver a more timely and accessible service across the whole area and need two new workers to complement our existing paid staff and volunteer support workers.
It is essential that applicants have at least two years experience of delivering direct support to people in distress and/or with complex needs. In addition, in-depth knowledge of the impacts of sexual violence and trauma are essential.
Interviews will be held in Exeter on 16th and 17th March.
On Friday 21st November, we celebratedour third birthday with an event at Devon County Hall in Exeter. The event was attended by 60 guests including John Hart, leader of Devon County Council, the Director of Public Health, Virginia Pearson, and representatives from the Police and Crime Commissioners office.
Guests heard from speakers including Sarah Wollaston MP who is a patron and Sarah Green from the national organisation, End Violence Against Women Coalition as well as hearing from women who have used the service. A specially recorded video message was sent by Lynne Featherstone MP, the Minister for Crime Prevention. We launched our Annual Report on the day too and guests were able to see the first showing of a video where women who use the service shared their views.
Devon Rape Crisis Service, Exeter Feminists, Exeter University Feminist Society and SAFE (Stop Abuse For Everyone) came together in a spirit of unity to make a great impact on the streets of Exeter.
The streets were filled with the pulsating sounds of drums and chants calling for an end to intimidation, harassment and violence against women.
A cacophony of energy, voices and belief came together to change the world - starting in Exeter.
More than three hundred women and supporters ensured the late night Christmas shoppers of the city were left in no doubt about the rights of women to feel safe on our streets.
They demanded the right to use public spaces without fear as part of sixteen days of international action, a global campaign that links the United Nations International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women and International Human Rights Day.
The aim - to put women's safety on the agenda every night of the year. While women's lives are being restricted by the threat or reality of rape, sexual harassment and intimidation they cannot claim equal citizenship.
Fee, Wendy & Linda
Unplanned happenings for us, are a feature in our organisation, but generally they are a pain; the kettle blowing up, a funding bid turned down etc. But a few weeks ago, something gloriously unexpected happened. We received a call, out of the blue from a woman who had raised £2,000 for us! Wendy MacTaggart, who lives in Kingskerswell had picked up one of our leaflets 10 months ago, decided we were a worthy cause and set to work raising money for us.
Fee and Linda went down to meet her and receive the donation and found the most remarkable woman in terms of passion and commitment and ingenuity. Wendy has had people close to her experience rape and has seen how the trauma can affect people for years. She was particularly struck by how little support is available to women aged under 18 and so we were able to reassure her that it is our intention to secure funding to develop a specialist service.
Wendy told us that raising money is not that difficult if you give it some thought. She set up a page on her facebook just for the purpose, sought donations from local people and then either accepted the highest offer for these or invited people to come up with ideas for raising the most money from each item. Impressive ideas from an impressive woman - and we are truly grateful. And to all the people in Kingskerswell who contributed items, ideas and money.
Wendy hoped that by telling others how it can be done, that others might be inspired to do something similar. So go on .......... amaze us!
On Saturday 12th July, 60 women from all over the South West met in Taunton for the first Regional Awayday. Trustees, workers and volunteer support workers from four rape crisis services came together to meet, share and learn. Centres in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Avon and Gloucestershire were represented and the women who give their time to the work of supporting survivors are pictured below.
We are delighted to receive the news of a new grant award this week. The Ministry of Justice awarded Devon Rape Crisis Service with £17,500 from its competed fund. This will enable us to improve our services, particularly to disabled women. The funding will be used to make the toilets in our main office accessible, to install a loop system and improve soundproofing in our 1-1 support rooms and to create an additional support room. On top of this we will be investing in appropriate resources for women with learning disabilities who have experienced sexual violence and working proactively with workers in this area so that they can support women to recover.
"I think EMDR has allowed me to process things far more than I was expecting, it was more effective than I was anticipating and I was surprised at how much different I felt after having it."
"DRCSAS has made a massive difference, I feel I have found myself – no longer just focused on what happened to me. I deal with things so much better and have a positive outlook on life that wouldn't have happened without DRCSAS."
"I feel positive about the future, being able to control my thoughts and emotions rather than them controlling me. I was sceptical at first wondering if it would work but I am amazed at the results. Would definitely recommend to anyone"