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Wednesday, 18th September 2019

Rape Crisis North East seeks trainee helpline counsellors

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In October 2018 the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, officially opened the Rape Crisis North East new premises ‘Cherrywood Counselling Centre’, in Dundalk, watched by, Grace McArdle, Manager and Frank McDonnell, Chairperson, of Rape Crisis North East, Fergus O’Dowd TD and guest speaker, Lavinia Kerwick.

Rape Crisis North East (RCNE) is recruiting volunteers to train to become Helpline Counsellors

The training is free and in return, you will be asked to commit to four hours of your time per week to provide telephone counselling support to survivors of rape and sexual violence.

The Helpline Training Programme will consist of 10 workshops over five Weeks (2 days per week Fridays and Saturdays from 9.30am to 4.00pm).

The course will commence on Friday 10th January 2020 and finish on Saturday 8th February 2020.  It will take place at the Cherrywood Counselling Centre, Great Northern Distillery Offices, Carrick Road, Dundalk.

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The RCNE Helpline Service is a lifeline for many victims of rape and sexual abuse who need to talk to someone who cares.  All the RCNE telephone volunteers are trained to listen, support and offer information and counselling support to callers who use the line.

If you would like to become a helpline volunteer, please contact Rape Crisis North East and we will forward to you a Helpline Application Form. 

Phone:  042 – 9339491 / 1800 21 21 22


Application forms are also available to download at  

Closing date for accepting applications:  Friday 29th November 2019.

Applicants must be at least 25 years of age.


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