The Founder of The Simon Community

The Simon Community was originally founded by Anton Wallich-Clifford, a probation officer working in London in the fifties and sixties, who noticed that many of people he worked with had one common factor; several of the names were followed by three simple letters, NFA – No Fixed Abode. Behind these letters lay a complex and overlooked deeper social issue: homelessness.

In 1969, Anton Wallich-Clifford came to Ireland to recruit volunteers to work with the many Irish homeless people he was meeting in England. Through his inspiration and through meeting like-minded people, the first Simon Community was established in Dublin in that year.

Today, there are eight Simon Communities around Ireland and together we provide a support network to over 16,700 people experiencing homelessness.

Galway Simon’s Story

Galway Simon Community was set up in 1979 by a group of volunteers who refused to accept homelessness on the streets of Galway. It has only been with the support of the wider community that we have grown, developed, learned and adapted over the years to become a leading provider of homeless services and homelessness prevention in the region.

In 1983, we opened our first long term house and today, we have houses and apartments across Galway City and County which provide homes to over 100 people at any one time. Over the years, our services have expanded and as well as providing housing, our focus is now on preventing people from becoming homeless and providing them with the support they need to move forward in their lives.

At Galway Simon, we work with a clear vision in mind: A community where everyone has a place to call home.

Our Milestones Through Years