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Simon Community study shows private rental sector still in crisis

Simon Community study, Locked Out of the Market VII, results for Galway City Simon Community study, Locked Out of the Market, shows the private rental crisis in Galway City and around the country. The snapshot study, ‘Locked Out of the Market VII: The Gap between Rent Supplement/HAP Limits and Market Rents’, was conducted over [...]

Simon Communities launch Locked Out of the Market campaign

Monday 5th May 2017: The Simon Communities have today launched their campaign, Locked Out of the Market, which highlights the pressures on the private rented sector. Ireland’s rental market is not working. People who rent have very little tenancy security and can face increases in rent that they cannot meet. Many people who are becoming homeless [...]

Galway’s first Medieval Walk, Talk & Banquet in aid of Galway Simon

At the launch of the Medieval Walk, Talk & Banquet: Sinead Molloy, Galway Simon Community, Ray Martin of Dúchas na Gaillimhe (Galway Civic Trust), Brendan McGlinchey, Galway Civic Trust, Brendan Keane, Head Chef Kings Head, Maura Ó Cróinín, Galway Early Music Festival (front) David Swift of Claíomh Described as an evening of mirth [...]

Statement from our CEO, Bill Griffin, on the issue of the payment of sleepovers

Bill Griffin, CEO of Galway Simon Community Tuesday 18th April 2017: I am writing following recent media coverage on the payment of sleepover duties to staff working in Galway Simon residential services. In September 2014, the Labour Court made a recommendation that sleepover duties be considered as working hours and that they should be paid [...]

Athenry Music School to host concert in aid of Galway Simon

Pictured: Athenry Youth Orchestra performing in the National Concert Hall this February under conductor, Katharine Mac Maghnuis Local choir and orchestra group, Athenry Music School, are hosting their annual fundraising concert on Monday 24th April in aid of Galway Simon Community. The ‘Celtic Voyage’ concert is taking place at 8pm at the Raheen [...]

Ciara’s Story

“I didn’t want Paul to see me cry. But he’d know if there was anything wrong and he’ll tell me about 100 times a day – ‘I love you so much mammy’ he’d say”. Ciara, mother to Paul aged 4 Thanks to your support Ciara and Paul have a safe place to call home [...]

The A Capella Knights raise over €8K for Galway Simon

We are delighted to announce that The A Capella Knights have raised €8,122.44 for our services through their Christmas Concerts which took place on Sunday 11th December 2016. The group held an entertainment packed children’s concert in the afternoon which included a visit from Santa Claus as well as Irish dancers from the Hession School of [...]

Ballinasloe Sleep Out in aid of Galway Simon

Tuesday 7th February 2017 Galway Simon supporter, Stephen Spollen, will undertake a 12 hour sponsored sleep out on Saturday 25th February from 6pm to 6am in a bid to raise awareness for homelessness and to fundraise for Galway Simon Community. The Offaly native told of how he has noticed the visible increase in homelessness and recently [...]

100 Men Who Give A Damn! donate €5,900 to Galway Simon Community

Galway organisation, 100 Men Who Give A Damn!, has been described as the ‘Dragon’s Den’ for charities by providing funding opportunities for specific projects. Every quarter, the organisation’s members' invite three local charities to deliver a 5-minute pitch on why their charity needs funds. The winning charity receives €100 from each member, potentially receiving up to [...]

Rent pressure zone for Galway City welcomed by Galway Simon

Friday 27th January 2017: Galway Simon Community has welcomed the latest announcement from Minister Simon Coveney last night (Thursday 26th) introducing rent pressure zones in 23 new areas, including Galway City, which will see annual rent rises capped at 4%. The homeless charity said that the extension of the scheme to Galway City was necessary but that [...]