Be a Star and Buy a Star

Lockdown has made Christmas shopping more challenging this year, but we are on hand to help you buy unique and meaningful gifts and Christmas cards this year with our online shop. Dublin Simon Community’s Christmas Card collection 2020 features artwork created by our very talented clients, who participate in regular art groups in our services. […]

‘Gift-Back’ to those who need it most this Christmas

Dublin Simon Community are delighted to have partnered with GiftBack.ie as an official Gift Back recipient this Christmas.  With many traditional office Christmas parties no longer going ahead due to Covid-19,  Marketing Network Group have launched GiftBack.ie to encourage Irish businesses to donate their unused Christmas party funds to charity this year.   An average of six households are becoming homeless each day in Dublin since the pandemic began and we at Dublin Simon have […]

World Food Day

16th of October is World Food Day, and in an extremely difficult year we would like to thank all the generous donors to our Food for Simon programme for continuing to donate food to our frontline services. The challenges posed by Covid-19 have effected every aspect of how Dublin Simon Community responds to the ongoing […]

Homelessness & Mental Health

“The homeless population has always experienced difficulty accessing mainstream mental health services, partially due to many of them presenting with dual diagnosis: ie. a mental health condition together with an addiction problem which the Irish mental health system traditionally sees as two separate problems to be treated in two separate systems, either of which can […]

6,259 Men, Women & Children Enter Second Lockdown in Dublin Emergency Accommodation 

Dublin Simon Community has responded to the September 2020 Homeless Report with a stark reminder that most of the 6,259 people recorded as homeless in Dublin this September are in a second lockdown in emergency accommodation. According to the report, released today by the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government, those recorded in emergency […]

Dublin Simon Community Welcomes Budget Measures for Housing & Homelessness

Dublin, 13 October 2020: Homelessness charity, Dublin Simon Community, welcomes announcements in today’s Budget that aim to increase housing stock, support the prevention of entry into homelessness and deliver rental supports. Speaking today, CEO of Dublin Simon Community, Sam McGuinness, said:  “We welcome the increased funding in today’s budget for the Department of Housing, Local […]

CAG Simon Speak Out

On Wednesday, 30th September, we held our annual CAG Simon Speak Out. The Client Action Group, or CAG, are a group of people that get together to work on projects with the aim of helping others who are experiencing homelessness. It is also an opportunity for clients to voice their opinions on issues in homelessness […]

A Hepatitis-Free Future

A HEPATITIS-FREE FUTURE By Ian Ndlovu, PSYCHIATRIC NURSE Viral hepatitis remains a public health problem which continues to claim thousands of lives every year. The World Health Organisation (WHO) set a target to eliminate hepatitis by the year 2030. This can only be achieved through intense screening of at-risk populations, raising public awareness, community awareness, […]

Challenges faced by LGBTQI+ people living in homelessness

Dublin Simon Keyworker Glen recently spoke to Irish Examiner about the challenges faced by LGBTQI+ people living in homelessness in Ireland. Glen has been a special support for LGBTQI+ clients in our emergency accommodation services during his time with us over the last three years. We are very proud of him. “I didn’t have someone […]