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, […]

As demand for addiction treatment doubles – 71% in detox cite substance abuse as primary cause of homelessness

Dublin Simon Community launches 2020 Annual Review Addiction and substance abuse is cited by 71% of detox clients as the primary reason for becoming homeless Increase in demand for Dublin Simon’s detox service have caused waiting times to almost double in a two-year period from 39 days in 2018 to 76 days in 2020 The […]

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 […]

Numbers Tell a Story: Understanding ‘Housing for All’

Numbers tell a story. 4,922 people including 1,591 single adults were homeless in Dublin when the ‘Rebuilding Ireland’ housing plan was published in July 2016. By October 2019, homelessness had risen to an all-time high with numbers ballooning to 7,329 people and 3,093 single adults who identified as homeless in our city. Two years on […]

‘U Are Homeless, U Are Not Less’

Dublin Simon Community Launches New Client-Centered Communications Campaign in Partnership with Maser Dublin Simon Community has launched a new multi-channel communications campaign in partnership with Dublin artist Maser and creative agencies BBDO and Banjoman which aims to acknowledge the rich and challenging lives of those experiencing homelessness. The core message of the campaign “U Are […]

Statement from Dublin Simon Community on Housing for All

Statement from Sam McGuinness, CEO of Dublin Simon Community, in response to the Housing for All Strategy, released today by the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage. “We welcome the committed targets to eradicating homelessness, housing building and delivery, the enhancement and expansion of Housing First, the allocation of funding to enhance and improve […]

Front door of Chester House

Dublin Simon Community Shortlisted for Prestigious Community Housing Award

Dublin Simon Community is delighted to be shortlisted in the ICSH/Allianz Community Housing Awards 2021 for a recently opened 20-bed extension at Chester House. The new development is an extension of an existing 22-bed service, with an additional 20 en-suite units tucked away in a quiet location off Dublin’s North Circular Road.   The facility has been […]

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 […]

Homelessness

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 […]