The Beginning

Early in 2003 after being contacted by local women seeking support and requests for voluntary opportunities, the national office, Rape Crisis Scotland (RCS) identified a need for a support service to be developed in the Westen Isles. By mid 2003 a steering group was established by a group of women with various skills and backgrounds, bringing a wealth of knowledge that would prepare the ground for the launch of the Project. Later in 2003 the Scottish Executive announced funding over a 2 year period for the establishment of new Rape Crisis Centres - WIRCC was on its way!


Since the January 2004 announcements from the Scottish Executive, WIRCC have made incredible achievements:

  • Identified suitable premises that are now in the process of being developed into a support centre and office base.
  • Created 2 full-time and 1 part-time posts - Training & Education Worker, Coordinator and p/t administrator.
  • Developed a training programme for unpaid workers. Three local women have completed this programme enabling WIRCC to offer a service to women who require support by fully training volunteers.
  • Working towards forging links with other local and relevant agencies/organisations.

The Future

The future development of WIRCC is immense and exciting:
Continue to provide face-to-face, helpline and accompanyment support services.
Recruitment and training of additional volunteers will be ongoing at various times throughout the year.
Develop and train volunteers in the Uists and Barra.

Contact Details

Western Isles Rape Crisis Centre
74 Kenneth Street
Isle of Lewis

Telephone: Office: 01851 709965
Reg Scottish Charity: SC037062


HELPLINE: 01851 709965
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Freephone 08088 01 03 02

National Helpline opening hours
6.00pm - 12.00pm daily

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