Volunteering at Rape Crisis Dunedin

Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity to support your community and at the same time, develop valuable personal skills. There are numerous ways to help out at Rape Crisis Dn.

Street Day Appeal – May 11th 2013

Once a year, Rape Crisis collectives all over Aotearoa New Zealand have a Street Day Appeal to raise much needed funds. This is a fantastic opportunity to lend an hour or more of your time to maintaining an essential community service. You will see notices about the Rape Crisis Street Day Appeal around Dunedin several weeks before the actual day. To help, you can phone or email the Rape Crisis office. All you need to do on the day is pick up a collection tin from our offices in Moray Place, stand on a street corner, and collect as much money as possible.

The Rape Crisis Dunedin Training Programme

The next Rape Crisis Volunteer Training Programme will take place early in 2013; we welcome your interest. Please contact us by March 1st for more information on becoming a Rape Crisis Dunedin Volunteer.

What kind of work can volunteers do?

Volunteering opportunities within Rape Crisis are many and varied. Volunteers are able to participate in every aspect of service provision and the running of the organisation. These opportunities include:

  • telephone counselling
  • crisis call outs
  • advocacy and support
  • collective decision making
  • administration
  • funding
  • employment, safety, and privacy responsibilities
  • policy development
  • inter-agency liaison
  • community education
  • media and publicity work
  • resource development
  • national and regional networking

How much time do volunteers need to give?

Volunteers give as little or as much as they are able to. Typically:

  • Attendance at monthly Collective meetings (2-3 hours) is compulsory.
  • Women who support clients must attend fortnightly supervision.
  • Time involved in general office support, admin/funding, education or special projects is encouraged, although it is really up to the volunteer.

What is the process for becoming a volunteer?

After your inquiry regarding the training programme, you will be sent information about rape Crisis, an application form for the training programme and a form for permission for a Police check.  You will then have an interview with two Collective members to discuss your application.

New Rape Crisis Collective members are expected to become actively involved within the Rape Crisis Collective .

What training is involved?

  • Support work skills
  • Self care and awareness
  • Collective processes
  • Sexual abuse awareness
  • Supporting survivors of sexual abuse
  • Crisis management
  • Power and oppression
  • Biculturalism
  • Heterosexism


Following acceptance onto the Collective , volunteers will receive ongoing support, training, and supervision.


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