New Cohort of Scottish Women’s Rights Centre Volunteers

The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre is delighted to welcome the 2017/2018 cohort of volunteers to the service.

The Centre is a partnership project between Rape Crisis Scotland, the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic and Just Right Scotland. Volunteers from the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic assist solicitor from Just Rights Scotland with staffing the helplines as well as case work and administrative support.

In the academic year 2017/2018 the SWRC recruited ten new volunteers from the Law Clinic.

Alice Bowman, the SWRC Volunteer Co-ordinator said;

“We are delighted to see so many students volunteering at the Centre. This is the largest amount of volunteers we have recruited so far, which goes to show that the SWRC is going from strength to strength. Not only do the volunteers assist with promoting access to justice for women experiencing gender based violence, but they are able to develop their skills and expertise. In addition, volunteering with the SWRC allows the next generation of lawyers to gain a deep understanding of the dynamics of gender based violence, which we hope they will be able to take into their career.”

One of the new SWRC volunteers, Abbie McKenna said:

“Being a volunteer at the SWRC gives you invaluable experience and is rewarding in a number of ways. It has made me aware of gender based violence and has allowed me to develop skills in dealing with vulnerable people which is invaluable for a career in law.”

In addition, Alana Turnbull, a student who has been volunteering with the SWRC for over a year said:

“The SWRC is vital, not only to provide support to those suffering gender based violence but also to allow students like myself to gain an insight and a platform to help.”

The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre Helpline runs every Tuesday evening from 6pm – 9pm, Wednesday afternoon from 1.30pm – 4.30pm and Friday morning from 10am – 1pm. Freephone: 08088 010 789.