Our Mission Statement
Our purpose is to create a safe place for those who have experienced sexual violence recently or in the past, and to provide counselling and emergency support when required. We are part of a network of other centre who provide awareness and training to support other agencies who are working with survivors. We are committed to challenging the tolerance and existence of sexual violence in our society.
WHO WE ARE
We are a small organisation consisting of volunteers, sessional counsellors, part-time, and full-time staff. We work across three sites, our main office in Sligo town, Carrick-on-Shannon, and Manorhamilton.
Sligo Rape Crisis Centre (SRCC) was established in 1996 as a local response to sexual violence within the region. The centre covers the area of Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan. SRCC is a member of the Rape Crisis Centre Forum of Ireland. We are a registered Charity, Charity Number 12194, and a Limited Company (Company Registration Number 256271). We are registered with the Charity Regulatory Authority and submit annual reports accordingly. We are actively working towards compliance with the The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland. The management of the centre is overseen by the Board of Directors, a committed group of local volunteers.
All rape crisis workers have undergone appropriate training to deal with issues of trauma. The Centre has an organisational membership of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. All counsellors are professionally accredited or required to work towards accreditation and are required to undertake continuous professional development training.
Our core funding is provided by TUSLA, the child and family agency. Fundraising within the local community also plays an important part. We are committed to complying with the Statement for Guiding Principles for Fundraising from the Irish Charities Tax Reform Group and have formally discussed and adopted the Statement at a meeting of the governing body. Please read our full Public Compliance Statement. As part of this process please find our Donor’s Charter setting out our organisations promise to our Donors and our feedback and complaints procedure. Further information on the ICTR Fundraising Principles
The Centre provides a safe, free, confidential space for survivors of child sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault, where adults and young people, male and female, can explore and access support with the legacy of issues resulting from their traumatic experiences.
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The centre provides a non-judgmental service where survivors of sexual violence are treated with respect and empowered throughout their counselling process. This process is underpinned by the belief that everyone has the inner capacity and resources to move towards change and well-being. We believe that no matter what the circumstances, sexual violence is never the survivor’s fault; the perpetrator is always solely responsible for their actions. This ethos is reflected in our principles and vision statement:
Our Key Principles
We see sexual violence in all its forms as a human rights issue and should never be accepted. We provide a model of good practice in SRCC and for our clients.
Support: We consider professional, peer, together with family and friends support to be key parts of recovery.
Respect: To ensure clients are treated with respect and dignity.
Care: To offer the highest quality care to all our clients and associates.
Compassion: That our dealing with everyone are done with compassion.