Dublin Simon Community Learning & Development

Learning and Development

Dublin Simon Community's Learning and Development service aims to engage people using our services in education, training, employment and personal development, through its Get SMART programme. Learning and Development opportunities are available throughout all of our services.

Get SMART is about

S - Skills development
M - Making friends and Moving forward
A - Activities
R - Resources and Referral Information
T - Training

Get SMART supports people to

• Take part in creative and practical activities and workshops
• Develop or re-develop personal and social skills to build self-esteem and confidence
• Access education, training, employment and volunteer services in the community
• Improve reading, writing, spelling and arithmetic 
• have structure and routine in their lives, reducing loneliness and isolation

We do this through:

• Meaningful Activities such as photography, art, crafts, creative writing, cookery and many more 
• Literacy classes on an individual and group basis
• Courses on health and wellbeing, personal development and life coaching
• The Simon SUN newsletter, produced three times per year by people using our services
• Scrappy But Happy, the artwork and creative writing series by people using our services
• Recognition events to showcase service users’ participation and their work
• Information and support to access community education, training, employment and voluntary options
• Information on educational scholarships, bursaries and grants
• Promoting external education, training and employment events, such as AONTAS’ Adult Learners’ Festival, the Bealtaine Festival, Choices Expo, Jobs Expo, Dublin City Council Social Inclusion Week
• External networks and partnerships to share learning and identify systemic barriers to people who are homeless accessing progression routes.

The Learning and Development service is open to people who avail of or have used the services of Dublin Simon Community.

For more information you can download the following publications:
Learning and Development brochure

Scrappy But Happy

Our Scrappy But Happy series is a collection of artwork and creative writing by people using Dublin Simon Community's services. To receive a copy of the latest Scrappy But Happy Too! or the first Scrappy But Happy please contact aoifemulhall@dubsimon.ie


Simon SUN

The Simon SUN newsletter is written and produced by people using Dublin Simon Community's services. It features everything from film reviews and quiz pages to personal stories about homelessness. To read the Simon SUN please just click on the links below.

Issue 1   Issue 2   Issue 3   Issue 4   Issue 5   Issue 6   Issue 7   Issue 8

For more information about Learning and Development please ring 01–6354822 or 086-8544389 or email eimearoneill@dubsimon.ie


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