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Media Releases 2014

Simon Communities hold first conference for people who are homeless in Ireland

19th November 2014: My Voice, Your Voice, Our Voice is a conference taking place today, organised by, and for, clients of the Simon Communities in Ireland. It is the first time such an event has taken place in Ireland and highlights the work of the Simon Involvement and Action Group, which is a client led group open to Simon clients nationally. Members meet every month.

Friday, November 21, 2014

This conference aims to bring clients from the Simon Communities across the country together and get more people involved in client participation. Client involvement means the people using services having influence in how services are developed and run and having a voice in decisions which have an effect on them. Guest speakers from St Mungo’s Broadway[i] in the UK will speak about their work and experiences in client involvement.


Michael, a member of the Simon Involvement and Action Group said that the group want to motivate clients from across the Simon Communities to establish and take up opportunities to become involved.


“We want to create awareness of the Simon Involvement and Action Group because it is vital to hear the voices of people with first hand experiences of homelessness. This group is important as our knowledge can help to influence services provided by organisations such as the Simon Communities.”


Chris, a member of the Simon Involvement and Action Group said that the group hope that this will be the first of many such conferences.


My Voice, Your Voice, Our Voice will showcase a range of involvement opportunities that are happening across the Simon Communities in Ireland and in the UK and will inspire participation in the local Communities. This is a first opportunity for clients to come together nationally and share their experiences and knowledge on the subject as well as time to meet new people and get involved in a number of activities being offered in the breaks.”


The client conference is open to clients of the Simon Communities in Ireland. The Simon Communities deliver support and service to over 5000 people and families who experience - or are at risk of - homelessness on an annual basis.





For media queries and interview requests

Helen McCormack, Simon Communities of Ireland

Tel: 01 47 27 202/ 085 806 5141




About Simon Community:

The Simon Communities in Ireland are a network of eight regionally based independent Simon Communities based in Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, the Midlands, the Mid West, the North West and the South East that share common values and ethos in tackling all forms of homelessness throughout Ireland, supported by a National Office. The Simon Communities have been providing services in Ireland for over 40 years.


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Services range from

·         Housing provision, tenancy sustainment & settlement services, housing advice & information services helping people to make the move out of homelessness & working with households at risk;

·         Specialist health & treatment services addressing some of the issues which may have contributed to homeless occurring or may be a consequence;

·         Emergency accommodation & support providing people with a place of welcome, warmth & safety;

·         Soup runs & rough sleeper teams who are often the first point of contact for people sleeping rough.





[i] St Mungo's Broadway UK help people recover from the issues that create homelessness and to rebuild their lives. They provide a bed and support to people who are either homeless or at risk, and works to prevent homelessness, helping about 25,000 people a year.


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