Wexford Rape Crisis has made an emergency appeal for public support to enable it to pay for the €400,000 construction cost of a much-needed new building which is almost completed, as it has received no State funding for the project.
A fundraising campaign has been launched to help cover the cost of the new premises which is located in Maudlintown where Wexford County Council provided a site, with the project also being supported by the builders Anthony Neville Homes and Done Deal founders Geraldine and Fred Karlsson.
Wexford Rape Crisis is funded for its core services by the Child and Family Agency, Tusla but it has not received any State financial support for the construction of the new building
The charity has been forced to borrow from the bank to help pay for the new centre which will replace its existing premises in Clifford Street which is cramped and unsuitable. It is dependant on local fundraising to help it pay back over €400,000.
The service supports anyone who has been affected by sexual, domestic or gender-based violence, providing one-to-one counselling for adults, a dedicated adolescent counselling service for young people, court accompaniment, Garda accompaniment, and a Consent and Sexual Violence Prevention Programme for teenagers.
The site of the new premises is at the entrance to St. Mary's GAA pitch.
Members of Wexford County Council voted unanimously to provide the site for the new centre. Wexford Rape Crisis manager Clare Williams thanked Council Chief Executive tom Enright for bringing the project together and Council architect Shay Howell for the high-quality design.
The service has been operating for many years in a building that no longer fits the needs of its client group and staff are now looking forward to supporting people from an improved environment.
Clients contact the centre to receive support in dealing with historical child sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault, on-line grooming, child sexual abuse and domestic violence. Support can be accessed by calling freephone 1800330033.
The new building will include one-to-one counselling rooms, a dedicated adolescent counselling area along with two group rooms for group work, meetings and community support.
It is hoped that the building will be completed by December of this year and the service is launching a fundraising campaign to cover costs associated with construction along with furniture and fittings for the premises.
To donate to the Wexford Rape Crisis Centre New Building Fundraiser Text WXRC to 50300. Texts cost €4 of which the service will receive a minimum of €3.60. The service provider is LIKECHARITY which has a helpline on 076 6805278.
For other donations, people can donate money they have raised by lodging it in any bank or AIB branch, Account number 24953-242, BIC: AIBKIE2D IBAN:IE30 AIBK 93334124953242
Anyone who would like to support the project by helping to fundraise or make individual or corporate donations can contact Clare Williams, Manager on 086 1724608 or e-mail email@example.com.