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Sleep Out for Simon goes virtual!

Take the challenge, join the experience, make a difference! Homeless charity Galway Simon Community has launched their annual Sleep Out for Simon event with a new focus; it’s going virtual! The event is set to take place on Friday 2nd October and will see friends, families, colleagues and teammates from Galway and beyond taking part from [...]

Youth Homelessness increasing in Galway

Homeless charity Galway Simon Community has expressed concerns that Youth Homelessness is increasing in Galway and is urging the new government to urgently address the homelessness and housing crisis. According to recent figures released by the Government, 503 people were reported as living in Emergency Accommodation in the West of Ireland during May, including 72 families. [...]

Take time out of your longest day to help those facing homelessness

Local homeless charity Galway Simon Community is calling on people to take part in their Dip & Donate event this weekend to support those facing homelessness during a time when the charity say their services are critically needed now more than ever. Galway Simon’s annual Dip at Dawn event could not go ahead as [...]

Galway Simon Community welcome decrease in number of people in Emergency Accommodation

Galway Simon Community warmly welcomes the 4% decrease in the number of people in Emergency Accommodation in the West in April 2020, since the same time last year.  While the decrease is small, it is a very welcome reversal of the relentless increase in numbers over recent years. Nonetheless, the charity says that the figures remain [...]

Covid 19 on the frontline of Health and Wellbeing Services

Covid 19 on the frontline of Health and Wellbeing Services It can be very lonely if you’re only seeing someone during the week for maybe 15 minutes, that can be very isolating and scary. Over the period of Covid-19, we are bringing you first hand experiences from our dedicated staff and volunteers working in our frontline [...]

Covid-19 and Preventing Homelessness

Covid-19 and Preventing Homelessness “It’s very hard for somebody to be positive when everything that’s made them safe in the world is gone”. Over the period of Covid-19, we are bringing you first hand experiences from our dedicated staff and volunteers working in our frontline services who are giving homeless people in the West a voice. [...]

Covid-19 on the frontline of Housing Services

Covid-19 on the frontline of Housing Services One man told me “sure I’ve been doing this my whole life, nobody has ever wanted to come near me”. Over the period of Covid-19, we are bringing you first hand experiences from our staff and volunteers working in our frontline services who are giving homeless people in the [...]

Covid-19 on the frontline of Homelessness Prevention Services

Covid-19 on the frontline of Homelessness Prevention Services “I would worry about people’s mental health and where we will be at the end of all this.” The outbreak of Covid-19 has had a huge impact on those experiencing homelessness, putting so many already vulnerable people at increased risk. Over the period of Covid-19, we are bringing [...]

A tribute to Mary McPartlan

It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of Mary McPartlan recently. Mary was not only a local musician and an educator, she also played an instrumental part in the early days of Galway Simon Community. Mary joined the organisation in 1985 as Galway Simon’s very first Administrator with responsibility for fundraising. [...]

Covid-19 on the frontline of Homeless Services

Covid-19 on the frontline of Homeless Services “Most people have their own house where they can shelter and self-isolate to prevent Covid-19, they can cocoon if they need to and they can do it themselves on their own terms. But for those experiencing homelessness, this is a luxury they just don’t have.” The outbreak of Covid-19 [...]

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