The organisations three teams – ‘Participation & Development’; ‘Health & Wellbeing’ and ‘Social Enterprise/Shops’ are now merged into one team led by Manager Sharon Keogh. The new title of the team is ‘Client Development Services’.
This allows the team to have a collective title and follows from the new title of our function – Regional, Settlement and Client Development (RSCD).
A reminder of what the Client Development Team leads on:
Education & Arts – Literacy, computer educational supports, Meaningful Activities programmes, Art Projects including Scrappy but Happy, Song writing project (PW Anna West)
Client Involvement– Client Volunteer programme, Client Action Group, Speak Out, Client’s Eye, Education Grant (PW Denise Roche)
Health & Wellbeing – Gym and classes, Sports groups, QQI training in Health & Wellbeing for clients, Health Promotion Workshops, Corporate Activity days (Supervisor JT Treanor)
Shops & Social enterprise – Camden Street shop, Thomas Street shop, Chapelizod Warehouse shops section, Corporate days in shops/Warehouse, Client training & employability in shops (Supervisor Katie Donohoe)
Employability –coordination of client employability strategic plan.
Function: Regional, Settlement and Client Development (RSCD)
Health & Wellbeing
2020 has seen the commencement of self-defence classes by the Health and Wellbeing service.
These classes are designed for beginners male and female to build self-confidence, fitness and have some fun. Classes are coached by Dave a brown belt Jiu Jitsu coach with ten years’ experience.
A new block of runners and walkers are preparing for the upcoming Home Run. The Health and Wellbeing service are hosting intro running sessions every Tuesday at 5pm in Croppie acre (5min walk from Ushers or Red Cow). These are open to all staff and clients and are a fun way to get moving and get fitter as the evenings are getting brighter.
If any Dublin Simon clients/staff are interested in trying these classes out please contact JT Treanor in the Health and wellbeing service.
Well done to the Shops team who achieved their highest annual sales to date of €274,052 in 2019. This was the result of fantastic teamwork!!
Throughout 2019 we have had 20 clients gaining work experience and training with us in the shops. At the start of 2020 we currently have 11 clients working or volunteering with us. This is a very important role of the shops to provide these opportunities with the team fully engaged and committed to providing a supportive environment.
The Shops team collaborated with the Participation & Development team to create Christmas magic in the windows of our Camden Street shop in December. Lisa from the Camden Street shop wanted to create drama in her Christmas windows and thought red curtains would be the perfect way to frame the glittering Christmas dresses and gifts on display. It seemed the best way to achieve these dramatic curtains would be to paint them. A participant from one of the P&D art classes offered to paint the windows. As you can see from the photos, the result really was magical. People were coming in off the street to comment on the windows and it wasn’t unusual to see people stopping to look at the window during December with a smile across their face.
Client Development Services would like to thank everyone who supported the Scrappy but Happy exhibition in Powerscourt Centre. The exhibition ran from 13th November and was extended to run throughout December due to popular demand. It was a sell out show raising a total of €1,180 which will go back into supporting our clients and our services. The artwork and poetry struck a chord with passersby and truly highlighted the creative talents of our clients. Artwork sold has since been shipped as far as California! Collaboration between Client Development, Strategy and Development, Community and Events and Communications added to the exhibitions success. We would also like to thank Powerscourt Centre for being so accommodating in offering us their incredible venue for this special exhibition.
The Client’s Eye is a Dublin Simon Community quarterly newsletter distributed to homeless services. We are looking for content to publish in the 2020 spring edition of the Client’s Eye, which will be printed in March. The content can include poetry, creative writing, artwork, jokes, recipes, stories or more. Please encourage clients in your service to send us any written pieces or artwork that they may have. The Client Development Team would be happy to meet with clients to assist them in editing their written pieces. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
The deadline for making a submission is Friday 28th February.
Contact us on phone 01 635 4884 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
By Sharon Keogh, Client Development Services Manager