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Organisation:Wexford Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Service DAC (Wexford Rape Crisis)Category:Medium OrganisationsCharity Reg no. :200363241. Tell us about the issue(s) this organisation is tackling and why it's important
2. How does your organisation go about tackling these issues?
- Why was the organisation set up? What is it trying to change or do? Why is it important to do this?Wexford Rape Crisis (WRC) is a client-centered support service for those who may have been affected by domestic, sexual or gender-based violence, including women, men, young people and all persons of different sexual or gender identities. Core values underpinning WRC: Violence and sexual abuse in relationships must always be viewed as an abuse of Human Rights. It should not be rationalised or minimised and there must never be an acceptable or tolerable level of violence. Anyone can be a victim of sexual violence, irrespective of age, race, income or employment status. Underpinning all aspects of the work of Wexford Rape Crisis is an ethos which offers support, empathy and understanding. We provide a non-judgemental, empowering and compassionate service which facilitates healing.
3. Tell us about a case where the organisation has made a positive difference.
- Explain your organisation's approach to solving the issues you identified in your previous answer. If it has had to adapt its activities in response to COVID-19, how did it do this?Wexford Rape Crisis offers one to one counselling for any woman, man and young person (age 12 +) who has been affected by Domestic, Sexual or Gender-based violence. During Covid, the organisation transferred its services to tele-health i.e. telephone counselling and on-line face to face counselling. WRC has a dedicated Adolescent Counselling Service along with a Parental Support Service for Parents who also need support dealing with the trauma perpetrated on their child/children. WRC also delivers an educational programme to young people on Consent and Sexual Violence Prevention in secondary schools for TY Students (aged between 15-17 years). This service also advocates on behalf of clients with the Gardai and Social Services.
4. What has the overall impact of this work been and how do you measure it?
- This is your chance to talk about impact in qualitative terms. Provide a case study to illustrate the impact of the organisation’s work. We will accept anonymous case studies if you need to protect the identity of a service user or individuals under 18 years of age. You can include a quote or endorsement if you wish.‘Anne Marie’ first presented to the Centre in her early forties. She was a survivor of child sexual abuse perpetrated by a close family relative. The abuse started when she around eight years of age and continued until she was seventeen. During this period of her life her mother died, leaving her alone with an emotionally unavailable father and her abuser. About three years later another family relative took advantage of her and raped her. She married in her early twenties and became a mother. Her husband emotionally abused her for years, but she focused on her children and motherhood was her greatest solace. As the years went by the marriage became more and more abusive. By the time she came to the Wexford Rape Crisis, she was emotionally exhausted and had very little, if any self-esteem. Through counselling she was able to realise that what was happening in her marriage was not her fault and was not acceptable. She gradually began to take steps to strengthen her sense of self-worth and to assert herself. After two years of counselling she was able to end her marriage and start a new life for her and her children. It was a slow process. There was a lot of trauma to work through and a lot of deep wounds to heal, going all the way back to early childhood. It is highly likely that if Anne Marie hadn’t attended counselling, she would still be living in an emotionally abusive relationship. She is now living a full and happy life.
5. What makes your organisation special?
- How would you describe the overall impact of your organisation’s work? What measures do you use to know if you have been successful at achieving your goals? How do you know what to improve or change in your work? Please include as much evidence as possible to demonstrate your impact.WRC provides one to one support for some of the most vulnerable clients in our community. By engaging in counselling, clients can heal from the trauma and abuse that has been perpetrated on them. Clients have the ability to talk about and deal with what has happened to them and move on from it to life a happy and content life. We know if we have been successful in helping clients by asking them, first and foremost. We do this at regular intervals throughout the counselling process. We also also them to fill out therapy questionnaires as they progress through counselling. We continuously ask clients for feedback specifically around what we do well and also what we can do to improve our services. We have recently formed a partnership with Wexford County Council in constructing a new fit for purpose premises as our current one is not adequate to meet the needs of clients. We also developed a specific Adolescent Counselling service in 2018 to cater for young people and their parents who have been affected by DSGBV. We also have developed our own Consent and Sexual Violence Prevention Programme for 15 to 17 year olds which is delivered in secondary schools throughout the County in partnership with Secondary school teachers.
6. How can the public support your work?
- What is the organisation’s unique selling-point? What makes the organisation different from others working in the same field/area?WRC is unique as it has formed a partnership with Wexford County Council to build a new fit for purpose building for its services which will be completed in Nov 2020. WRC also works very closely at an interagency level with the local Wexford Women’s Refuge to provide counselling service to the women affected by Domestic Violence. WRC also has a dedicated Adolescent Counselling service with a specifically qualified and trained Adolescent Counsellor to work with young people who have been affected by Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based violence. WRC also works in partnership with Barnardos locally to provide the TLC Programme for young people and their families that have been affected by Domestic Violence.
7. Describe how your organisation is transparent and accountable
- Do you need volunteers? Do you fundraise? Can the public share your story? Give them a call to action.Yes, we are always in need of volunteers, particularly around Christmas for our annual Christmas street bucket collection in the 4 towns in County Wexford. We continuously need to fundraise as the demand for our services out-weigh our resources. We also do not receive any state funding for the construction of our new building. WRC has to fundraise for this at a cost of over €400,000.00. We have launched our fundraising campaign where we are asking people to post a short clip of themselves on Facebook whilst removing their Covid mask to revel their identity and texting WXRC to 50300 to donate €4. https://www.facebook.com/WexfordRapeCrisisCentre Please contact Clare at Wexford Rape Crisis on 0539122722 or email email@example.com
- For example, do you publish your annual accounts online? Are you compliant with the Charities Regulator's Charities Governance Code? Do you use the Charities Regulator’s Fundraising Principles?The Organisation is a registered charity CHY 12420. It is registered as Wexford Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Service DAC but was rebranded as Wexford Rape Crisis in 2019. The Organisation is governed by a voluntary board of management, currently of 7 Directors.10 Board meetings take place per annum including an AGM. Corporate Governance and Compliance: Wexford Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre is a fully incorporated limited Company governed by Memorandum and Articles of Association. Each Board member receives a Board of Directors Handbook when joining the Board which they sign up to and must adhere to during their time on the board. In 2016 the Board of Directors sought to to strengthen its overall governance structures and approved a Governance Code and Risk Management Policy.