Literacy and Personal Development is an area that provides one on one literacy classes with a qualified tutor together with meaningful activities. Literacy classes involve developing listening and speaking skills, reading, writing, numeracy skills and using everyday technology to communicate.

301 clients access literacy and personal development in 2017 with classes including computer skills, art and dance.

“Two months ago I couldn’t read and now I can read a bit. I’m learning every day. I can’t wait to come in and I come out on a high after learning something.”

– Ben, Simon Client


Dublin Simon Community’s Literacy and Personal Development service, aims to engage people accessing our services in education, training, employment and personal development.

By providing classes and workshops we wish to encourage personal development, active participation and greater social interaction. We believe meaningful activities are central to providing structure, purpose, wellbeing, intellectual stimulation, self-esteem, socialisation and independence in the lives of people using our services through:

  • Meaningful Activities such as dancing, photography, art, crafts, creative writing, drama, drumming and many more;
  • Literacy classes;
  • Courses on personal development and life coaching;
  • Scrappy But Happy, the artwork and creative writing series by people using our services;
  • Recognition events to showcase clients’ participation and their work;
  • Information and support to access community education, training, employment and voluntary options;
  • Promoting external education, training and employment events;
  • External networks and partnerships to share learning and identify systemic barriers to people who are homeless accessing progression routes.

Referrals

The Literacy and Personal Development service is open to people who avail of or have used the services of Dublin Simon Community. Please contact the Literacy & Personal Development Support Worker at 01 635 4884 for more information.

Volunteering Opportunities

We are currently recruiting part-time volunteers to help facilitate a number of programs, If you would like to volunteer some of your time to the people who use Dublin Simon Community Services and are skilled in the following areas:

  • Literacy skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Art
  • Art therapy
  • Photography
  • Drama
  • Creative writing
  • Music
  • Yoga
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation

Please contact Karen Peakin at (086) 1428212 or email at karenpeakin@dubsimon.ie for more information.

Scrappy But Happy

Our Scrappy But Happy series is a collection of artwork and creative writing by people using Dublin Simon Community’s services. To receive a copy of the latest Scrappy But Happy please contact: aoifemulhall@dubsimon.ie.

You can view an online version of Scrappy But Happy 8 by clicking here.