Entries by Saoirse Comerford

Volunteering at Dublin Simon Community

For over 50 years, volunteers have been at the core of Dublin Simon Community’s work. They work alongside professional staff to deliver vital services to people who are experiencing homelessness. While Dublin Simon is well known for our nightly volunteer Soup Run, there are many more roles and responsibilities for volunteers within the organization. Particularly, […]

World Mental Health Day and World Homeless Day 2021

World Mental Health Day and World Homeless Day both fall on the 10th of October. In 2020, Dublin Simon Community provided 3,115 Hours of 1:1 counselling for clients through Sure Steps Counselling. Common issues among the clients of the Simon Sure Steps service are addiction, depression, bereavement, self-harm, suicidal ideation or other psychiatric conditions. Dublin […]

Q & A with Manager of Dublin Simon’s Detox Unit

Orla Condren is Nurse Manager of Dublin Simon Community’s Detox Unit What is Dublin Simon’s Detox service?   Dublin Simon Community detox unit is an 11 bed, nurse led , residential unit for people living in homelessness and addiction.  We support clients through a medical detox for alcohol / benzodiazepines, and work with them during their […]

Clients Accepting Unaffordable Tenancies out of Frustration with Lack of Supply

By Caroline Murray, Senior Manager for Community Services As the pool of affordable and available rental properties continues to shrink across the country, our Support to Live Independently (SLI) team, has reported an increase in clients accepting tenancies which they cannot afford, placing them at risk of eviction and return to homelessness. An increase in […]

Long-Term Homelessness is robbing people of better life outcomes

Charity is disappointed by the rise in numbers accessing Dublin emergency accommodation and highlights the fact that more than half of all those using its services have been homeless for more than three years.  Dublin, 24th September 2021:  Dublin Simon Community has responded to the latest Homeless Report with a stark warning about the effects of long-term homelessness on the physical […]

World Autism Day

On World Autism Day, we want to share the work and experiences of one of our clients, Dezi Jay M. Dezi is on the autism spectrum and overcame many difficult challenges as a boy growing up in the 60s. Dezi had a troubled home and school life and became homeless at a young age. He […]

World Hepatitis Day 2021

World Hepatitis Day 2021 The door is open to Hepatitis treatment Highly effective treatments are available which eliminate 95% of infections. On World Hepatitis Day we wanted to share with you some information on our Blood Borne Virus (BBV) unit. Dublin Simon Community’s BBV Unit Linking and re-engaging clients with their respective disease clinic for […]

Food for Simon & Food Safety

Food for Simon programme provides 360,000 meals a year It delivers over 2,200 food parcels as part of our Outreach service Food safety is paramount for our programme Food for Simon was established in 2009 to create a reliable supply of essential food items to Dublin Simon Community’s services, and to reduce the costs of […]