Glasgow & Clyde Rape Crisis

There has been so much happening at the Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre over the last few weeks that we hardly know where to begin. We have had fundraising events, had a visit from the STV team and we have even been recognised in parliament on our 40th anniversary for all the great work that we do.

In this edition:

Spotlight on Volunteers

Volunteers are an essential part of our workforce at Glasgow Rape Crisis and we certainly wouldn't be able to offer many of our events or our helpline services without them. These are the Rape Crisis women who give generously of their time to work consistently and tirelessly in the background to support countless survivors of sexual violence who rely on having someone to be there on the other end of the phone when they need support. With more than 11,000 calls, texts and emails this year volunteers are needed more than ever.

Rape Crisis services began in Glasgow in 1976 when a group of women came Grouptogether, volunteering their time, to form a Rape Crisis Centre. This centre would be the first in Scotland and remains the longest running operational Rape Crisis Centre in the UK. Since 1976 we have grown and developed our services and secured funding but we would not be able to offer support to as many survivors without the time and skills of our volunteers and donations from supporters.

We offer a volunteer training course to those who want to work on our helpline services and for the first time we are offering this training twice in the same year. Our current group of trainee helpline staff are nearing the end of the process and it's great to see them rise to the challenge of working in a busy rape crisis centre. They bring fresh energy to our team and are full of ideas for fundraising and events. Perhaps more importantly, they bring a range of skills, expertise and languages to the centre from their degrees, travel and a wide variety of employment which is really valued by our centre and benefits our service users and their families.

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Volunteer Recruitment Open Event September 2016

Are you interested in volunteering with Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre? We are hosting a Volunteer Recruitment Open Event on Thursday 8th September 2016 at the Adelphi Centre, 12 Commercial Road, Gorbals, Glasgow, G5 0PQ. The event will run from 6 pm until 8 pm.

We are recruiting volunteers for a range of roles – support workers, administration roles, fundraising, events. If you’d like to know more about any of these volunteering opportunities, please come along on the 8th September to our open event.

Parking is available.

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Volunteer of the month goes to....

Sam McPherson

Sam has been really active in fundraising for the Centre over the past few months Samas well as completing her training and is now a fully-fledged support worker. Sam is a great addition to the helpline team and she is always full of ideas for fundraising events. She recently organised a Charity fundraising gig in aid of Glasgow Rape Crisis which raised a total of £552.25! While doing all this she designs posters for GRCC events because she's really arty with a fantastic flair for design and, most importantly, gives vital support to survivors of sexual violence on the helpline. Many thanks to Sam for her time and committment from all of her new sisters at GRCC!

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The Ruby Project clothing event for asylum seekers

We want to say a huge thank you to all who donated to our Ruby project clothing Ruby4event that gave away clothing to asylum seekers and refugees living in Glasgow. Thanks also to all who helped prepare for the event and helped the day run smoothly and to Lindsey, one of our volunteers, who offered her expertise in manicuring nails for a bit of pampering that kept her very busy. This event was really well attended with 41 women and 2 Ruby4men coming to the Centre, plus 28 (!!!) children.

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Early day motion in Parliament

Alison Thewliss MP tabled an early day motion in parliament last month, Thewliss1recognising the work we do and it’s much appreciated to have all our hard work and long hours recognised. This acknowledgement is not just for our current staff and volunteers but for every single woman who has been involved in the Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre since we began offering a service to survivors in 1976.


Early day motion 297


Session: 2016-17

Date tabled: 06.07.2016

Primary sponsor: Thewliss, Alison


Sponsors: Day, Martyn/ Monaghan, Paul/ Ferrier, Margaret/ Docherty, Martin/ Edwards, Jonathan

Total number of signatories: 30

Bardell, Hannah / Black, Mhairi / Blackford, Ian / Brock, Diedre

Brown, Alan / Chapman, Douglas / Crawley, Angela / Day, Martyn

Docherty, Martin / Donaldson, Stuart / Edwards, Jonathan / Fellows, Marion

Ferrier, Margaret / Grady, Patrick / Law, Chris / MacNeil, Angus

McDonald, Stewart / McDonnel, Alisdair / McGarry, Natalie / McLaughlin, Anne

Meale, alan / Monaghan, Paul / Mullin, Roger / Newlands, Gavin

Nicolson, John / Shannon, Jim / Stephens, Christopher

Thewliss, Alison / Thompson, Owen / Weir, Mike


That this House congratulates Glasgow's Rape Crisis Centre on its 40th anniversary; considers that the service has provided free, sensitive and confidential support to vulnerable women across Glasgow and the West of Scotland for four decades and is a lifeline service for local women who have suffered rape, sexual abuse or assault; longs for the day when there is no requirement for such a service; commends the charity for its inspirational work in recent years which includes over 11 ,000 calls to its advice and support telephone line in 2015-16 from 1,000 vulnerable individuals; and wishes the staff and volunteers in Glasgow's Rape Crisis Centre the very best for the future.

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Event: GRCC Quiz Night

Do you like a night out for a good cause? Do feel you have lots of general Quizknowledge but got nowhere to show off? Join us on our quiz night at Blackfriars bar on 9th September from 7:30pm for some fun and a few laughs. You can bring your own group or join in with others. We're already feeling competitive and there's plenty of time to get some swotting done on your specialist subjects! Teams are 4/6 people and just £2 per head entry fee. There are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and there are raffle prizes to be won. All cash raised will come to Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre to help us meet the demands on our busy centre. Just turn up on the night or get in touch for more info. Really hope to see you there. All welcome. Support your local Rape Crisis Centre!!

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Thanks to The Spoon Cafe

We would like to thank everyone at the Spoon Café for their support during our fundraising book sales. We were really grateful for the great space to lay out our book donations, the support from staff and the many cups of coffee that we were provided with. It kept us going and made the days so much more pleasant.

We would also like to thank everyone who donated books to us – we haven’t seen such a diverse selection of books in one place, and the quality was fantastic. We raised almost £800 which will go into direct services for survivors of sexual violence and abuse.

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The Interference

We have been really lucky to have spent some time working with Pepperdine University on their production of ‘The Interference’ at this year’s Edinburgh PepperdineFringe. The cast delivered an amazing performance and managed to encompass so much in such a short time.

We have been present at several of the performances, talking to theatre-goers and press and fundraising. Our after-show collections managed to raise £428 for work with young women and girls in Glasgow.

It’s been a delight to be involved with the group and would like to congratulate them on winning two awards at the Fringe this year, the Scotsman Edinburgh First Award and the Broadway Baby Bobby Award.

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The Rosey Project

Over the past month or two we’ve had some great news at the Rosey Project. RoseyStaffWe’ve managed to secure almost £50,000 from Big Lottery Young Start for sexual violence prevention work with young people in youth organisations plus £20,000 from the RS MacDonald Trust towards support for young women and girls who have experienced sexual violence, abuse or exploitation. And we’re also happy to be welcoming a new prevention worker for schools into our team, but more from her RoseyLogolater when she’s in post and we can formally introduce her to the world.

twit @Rosey_Project

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We need your foreign Coins!!!

This year has been one massive fundraising campaign for us at Rape Crisis as we aim to reach our £50,000 target so that we can expand our services to meet Coinsthe ever increasing demand for support and advocacy. So many people have been supporting us and it’s been great to know that our work is recognised and supported. Of course we’re trying to be a bit more creative in our fundraising schemes and our latest initiative is collecting foreign and out of date coins and notes. We have collecting cans and posters so that anyone who can help collect in their workplace can get a can and poster from us and encourage all their colleagues to shake the sand off those euros, cents, dollars, baht, yen, zloty, yuan ….. you get the message.

We also accept out of date currency so if you have a bag full of ten bob notes, we will happily take them off your hands. Get in touch with us on 0141 552 3201 for cans and posters.

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Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre 40th on STV

On Friday we had a great morning with Amy from STV who was filming us for a news piece on our 40th Anniversary. It's great to be able to showcase our work and let people see our Centre and staff. Hopefully it will give people a better idea of who we are and what we do and encourage survivors who have been thinking about calling us to get in touch. The piece will be on STV next week - we will keep you posted.


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Friends of Glasgow Rape Crisis

Leah Macrae

'I was recently made aware of The Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre which is an LeahMacRaeincredible service put in place to provide vital support to victims of rape and sexual assault in our city. We can only imagine the psychological pain and trauma victims must go through. To have a team in place who are there to provide support over the telephone or face to face must be so reassuring at a time where someone's world has been ripped apart and they are unsure of where to turn. If they are too frightened to talk to the police, then this could be a great first step in seeking the crucial help and support they need'

Best wishes,

Leah MacRae



Johann Lamont


“It is hard to believe that Glasgow Rape Crisis is marking its 40th Anniversary.

This is a time for celebration, reflection and resolution. JohannLamont

We celebrate the women of compassion and understanding who set up Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre and who ensured that survivors could get the help and support they needed; who gave voice to those who were silenced by their abuse and the attitudes of the justice system and all too many in our society who saw the victim to blame. We celebrate the courage of survivors in shaping changes in attitudes and in the law. We celebrate all those throughout the years - survivors, volunteers, campaigners - who gave support and succour to individuals but who also exposed rape and sexual abuse for what it is: the abuse of power and the consequence of inequality.


“But we reflect too that women still experience rape, are blamed for their abuse and are still too often left feeling that the legal system compounds their suffering. Violence against women remains a scourge to be tackled - through education, tackling inequality and through justice.

“And in celebration the vision of those who established Glasgow Rape Crisis, the sheer hard work and determination of those who sustained it for all those years and the inspirational courage of survivors in confronting the reality of rape and abuse, we must strengthen our resolve to continue that work, to build on the progress that has been made and to be unrelenting in our belief that the world does not need to be like this.

"Glasgow Rape Crisis. Thank you for all you have done to change our lives and will continue to do for the future.”

Johann Lamont, MSP Glasgow

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5 minute interview with...

Isabelle Kerr, Centre Manager

1. What’s your job – and how long have you been doing it?

I’m the Centre Manager and I’ve been doing this job for the past ten years. I Izused to be a volunteer with rape crisis many years ago. Nowadays I oversee what’s going on in the organisation, do strategic work and make sure the grants come in and get spent, I do a bit of training and some support work including group work. I also get to do lots of other things though like washing the dish towels and unblocking the toilet now and again – though other workers have helped out with this lovely task.

2. What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The best part of the past ten years has been seeing the way the centre has developed and grown. We have so many services now and the service users are so diverse, such different ages and cultures. And that goes for workers as well. It’s great to see that we’ve been able to respond to what women and girls tell us they need.

It’s also great to see our workers and volunteers getting the recognition they deserve for the work they do. They are always learning, training, sharing knowledge and ideas with each other so the whole atmosphere of the centre is really vibrant.

3. What is the most challenging part of your job?

Making sure we can still operate year to year. Funding is a major headache and although we’ve grown and developed over the past few years, we’ve also seen a reduction in funding for really important areas of our work. For example, we have no budget for printing and publications which means that we must fundraise to be able to produce information booklets and leaflets. We have to fundraise continually thorough the year and it can be pretty tiring for all of us.

Some of our new volunteers have become real fundraising experts and we’re finding that we can have some fun events while raising money for our work.

Being so busy is also challenging in a different way. Sometimes it’s hard to see so many women coming to us who need our service and who are struggling so much. But the biggest challenge? Seeing a young woman arrive for her appointment wearing a school uniform. That’s one of the things that keeps me fighting and working hard for the Centre. We have to keep fighting to eliminate all forms of gender based violence so that young women and girls never have to put their lives on hold because of sexual violence trauma.

4. What one thing would you change about your project, or one piece of work you would carry out if you could?

Well, I’d like both please. I would like to change one thing – I’d like secure funding for at least five years, and I’d also like to do a very specialised piece of work. We are very specialised in what we do but one area of work that we have been unable to fund is work with survivors who are disabled. We’re talking about disability in its widest context. This isn’t just about physical disability but also those emotional and psychological issues that disable survivors and keep them from leaving home or seeking out the support they need. Being able to offer home visits for support or to pay for transport for disabled survivors would make a real difference to the service we can offer.

5. If someone gave you £50,000 for your project tomorrow, what would you do with it?

We’d move. Not completely move from our premises in Bell Street but we’d move our office base down a floor and keep our current rooms for support only. We are really stuck for space for both survivors and for workers as well. We’ve been fundraising and applying for grants that will help us get that extra space we need and we’re getting there slow but sure. £50,000 would be a very big help indeed.

6. What do you want your project to be doing a year from now?

I want the project to be continuing to expand to meet increasing demands from service users. We need more core support staff, more workers in the Ruby project, more workers in the Rosey Project and we need to provide more specialised support for disabled survivors and for women who have experienced intimate partner sexual violence. We need more group work, more workers for Support to Report, extended helpline times and better ways for survivors to contact us online - and we need lots more admin support.

That will do to be going on with I think ….

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