‘Simon Week 2010...Believe in People’
Simon Communities throughout Ireland urge you to take action on homelessness
The focus of Simon Week 2010, running from the 4th of October to the 10th of October 2010,
is Believe in People: believe in the people that turn to the local Simon communities around
the country every day, believe in the thousands of volunteers and Simon supporters, and
believe that with the appropriate housing, care and support people can and do leave
homelessness behind. This year Simon Week is proudly supported by Denny.
Over the course of the week a wide range of activities and events are planned throughout
the country, building on the success of Simon Week 2008 and 2009. Simon aims to raise
awareness of homelessness, urging all sections of Society to understand the causes of
homelessness in Ireland and to take action in their community to tackle homelessness.
Patrick Burke, CEO of the Simon Communities of Ireland, said: “. Throughout Simon Week, we
remind people that whatever the reason for their homelessness, we deal with them all and
we are there to help people get back on their feet. Homelessness is about more than not
having a roof over your head, or a set of keys, it can mean having many related needs which
can include; poverty and social exclusion, mental health and physical ill health, problem drug
and alcohol use, fractured family relations amongst other causes”
“It is also so important for people to realise in the current climate the risk factors for
homelessness are greater and a whole new generation are now at risk. We must urgently
address housing gaps but also acknowledge the supports that people need to move out of
During Simon’s seven days of action on homelessness, Simon calls on members of the
general public, politicians and business people to visit www.simon.ie and find out more
about the seven actions you can take to help tackle homelessness in Ireland.
“This year, we are delighted to announce that Denny has come on board to sponsor Simon
Week. Such support enables us to continue with our goals. In addition to sponsoring Simon
Week, Denny has donated €150,000 to our organisation over the past year, and will
continue their commitment to us for at least a further two years”.