Every client in Dublin Simon Community brings different experiences, skills and ideas which contribute to the way we work. We want to put these at the heart of Dublin Simon Community and support clients to get involved in many different opportunities to help deliver our services and take part in the decisions we make.

376 people expanded and developed their skills and education in 2018, with 34 new people coming through our employability initiatives.

“I am also part of the Client Action Group and recently we have been working on a campaign around mental health. We are trying to gather different ideas and ways of thinking to help change people’s mindsets about looking for support.”

– Mark, Simon Client

Our service works to change perceptions of homelessness by encouraging:

  • Individuals who access our services to become involved with Dublin Simon Community in a more positive manner.
  • By talking and listening to the individuals who access our services and involving them as partners in the decisions that affect their lives.
  • Giving individuals accessing our services the equal opportunity to participate to a level and a degree that suits them.
  • Individuals who access our services to realise their full potential opportunities and initiatives.
  • The skills, talents and experience of the individuals who access our services and use these in tackling the problems they face.

Download the Client Involvement Brochure to learn more.

There are several ways individuals who access our services can get involved:

  • Become a Peer Volunteer
  • Join the Client Action Group
  • Attend Speak Outs
  • Work on the Clients Eye
  • Join in Peer Research
  • Attend Resident Meetings

The Homeless Mental Health Advocacy Movement was previously known as the Mental Health Reform Project and was a working partnership between Mental Health Reform and clients in Dublin Simon Community to campaign for better mental health services. Since 2015, The Mental Health Reform Project has worked on a report ‘Homeless and Mental Health: Voices of Experience’, and launched this report in 2017 with the Minister for Mental Health. The group continues their campaign by writing letters to TDs and Senators and meeting with TDs and decision makers.

In 2019, the group changed their name to the Homeless Mental Health Advocacy Movement and continues to advocate for better mental health services, focusing on mental health services for people who are experiencing homelessness. The Homeless Mental Health Advocacy Movement is a client led group that aims to empower, support and build skills in advocacy, campaigning and communications for the clients involved.

The Homeless Mental Health Advocacy Movement would like to welcome new clients to the group who are passionate about mental health and/or advocating for improved mental health services particularly for those who are experiencing homelessness. Individuals involved in the group do not have to have a personal experience of mental health difficulties but who have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives.

If you are interested in joining the Homeless Mental Health Advocacy Movement or are working with any clients who may be interested, please contact Áine on 086 787 9655 or Denise on 085 851 6807, email ainebarrett@dubsimon.ie or deniseroche@dubsimon.ie.

Our Client Involvement Service is open to individuals who avail of or have accessed the services of Dublin Simon Community. If you are interested in getting involved or want to learn more about Client Involvement services please contact:

Shaun McGuinness

Client Involvement Project Worker

Dublin Simon Community

Mobile: (085) 8516807

Email: shaunmcguinness@dubsimon.ie