On the 2nd December 2012, Devon Rape Crisis held it's second awayday for the whole organisation. This is an opportunity for Patrons, Trustees, Staff and Volunteers to come together, celebrate achievements and plan for the future. Thirty members of the organisation spent a precious Sunday together - working on issues in the morning, followed by a celebratory lunch afterwards. It was particularly exciting to welcome the new cohort of volunteers into the organisation. Twelve women recently completed our three month course on 'Understanding and Working with Sexual Violence' and are about to join the existing volunteers to make a total of 27 committed, skilled, amazing women. Thank you to them for bringing life into the organisation.
Have you heard of the elections for Police and Crime Commissioners? Many people haven't, but the new Police & Crime Commissioners will have a huge influence in deciding future funding for rape, domestic and sexual abuse services, alongside a wide range of other services. If you care about protecting local services, including your local Rape Crisis centre, we ask that you look at the candidates in your area and vote in the Police & Crime Commissioner election on Thursday 15th November 2012.
It takes just three simple steps:
1. Make sure you're registered to vote with your local council.
2. Find out what they're saying about the issues that matter to you - candidates in Devon and Cornwall are:
3. On Thursday 15th November 2012 go out and vote!
Finally, tell people about the elections - not everyone is aware how much influence the Police & Crime Commissioners will have or even know that the elections are happening at all, so spread the word!
Please click on the link below to read more about the candidates:
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.
"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"