Organisation Spotlight: Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Centre

Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Centre (LRCC) is a Hamilton-based charity that supports victims of rape and sexual abuse. We are honoured to have them spotlighted on our Organisation Spotlight segment this week. We highlight their services which offer across Lanarkshire since 2004. Check out their story below!

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Tell us a little bit about LRCC!

LRCC has been supporting women and girls in Lanarkshire since 2004 and we continue to hold the same values since we were first established. As a specialist Violence Against Women service provider, we are committed to empowering women and girls in every aspect of their lives, amplifying their voices, upholding their rights to live free from harm and abuse and to champion free speech in our campaigns to prevent forms of male violence and sexual violence against women and girls. We can also now offer individual support to male survivors who have been subjected to any form of sexual violence or abuse, no matter when it happened.

As a growing team of 15 staff, supported by trained volunteers, we are all passionate not only about the work we do on our main areas of work of support, advocacy and prevention but also about working within our local communities to reduce the wide-ranging harm arising from male violence against women and girls.

What impact has your organisation had on our community?

Established almost 20 years ago, we have supported thousands of women to cope with their trauma as a result of rape and/or sexual violence. We provide an excellent support service offering one to one session providing information and resources to aid in trauma recovery. We also have an advocacy service- offering both practical and emotional support through any criminal justice process.

In terms of personal impact on the community- we regular provide “well being bags” to all of our service users- these include essentials such as toothpaste and shampoo- as well as aromatherapy sprays, journals and beauty products. We are able to provide these goods on an on-going basis thanks to the generosity of donations.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we were also hyper-aware of the impact of isolation and technological poverty throughout Lanarkshire. We secured digital devices such as laptops and iPads with data connection via the Connecting Scotland initiative. It was fantastic to help our service users in need stay connected with support networks and services this way.

Our sexual violence prevention work in Lanarkshire means we deliver evidence based workshops to high school pupils on safe, healthy consensual relationships. This is part of a national programme which also aims to increase young people’s understandings around gender stereotypes and promote gender equality. We also support local schools, colleges and Universities with their Equally Safe approaches to preventing gender based violence.

STAMP is our young person’s project to challenge gender stereotyping in the media and to encourage positive engagement with the media and social media to raise awareness about these issues. We are currently recruiting for new members of our STAMP group. If you are a young person and looking to get involved please get in touch.

What was it about LRCC that inspired someone to volunteer or donate?

“The best part of volunteering at the centre is the opportunity to be involved with a team of very clever, incredibly motivated and passionate women with the same purpose.

I am most proud of watching the centre grow and flourish- we are able to reach more service users in the area and we are supporting them in ways we haven't in the past which is having a positive impact on women and girls who engage with our service”

Carol Sneddon - Board Member LRCC

In your opinion, what’s the most rewarding part about working with LRCC?

“The most rewarding part of working with LRCC is working with and getting to meet the most remarkable and inspiring women." - Kathryn

“For me the most rewarding aspect of my job is the group of women who work here and our shared passion for the wellbeing of survivors.” - Raluca

“Having held more than one position within the centre, I have had an insight into the different ways in which we strive to provide the highest level of support and care to the residents of Lanarkshire. This is a passion that we all share and it is a beautiful thing to be a part of.” - Jennifer

What advice do you have for people who are interested in learning more about LRCC?

If you would like to learn more about LRCC, what we do or who we are as a team, then please visit our website at https://lanrcc.org.uk/

If you would like to contact us in regards to our prevention programme or teacher training opportunities in regards to the ESOS programme please contact us at: prevention@lanrcc.org.uk.

Furthermore if you are interested in learning more about rape, sexual violence or the law we can arrange training opportunities for you and your team to partake in. Please contact Jennifer for more information on: jennifer@lanrcc.org.uk.

We also have a dedicated team who would be more than happy to take your calls and discuss any queries or questions you may have. Our contact number is 01698 527003.

You can also contact us by email on support@lanrcc.org.uk.

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