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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 [...]

Galway Women Unite to support homeless women in Galway

Three incredible Galway Singers have come together to collaborate on a campaign called Galway Women Unite which aims to raise awareness for homeless women and to raise funds for Galway Simon’s Women's Service. The ladies behind the campaign, Nicola McGuire, Ailbhe Hession and Kayla McDonagh, are all professional singers and have recorded a stunning version of [...]

Shauna’s Story

“I’ve had too many low points at Christmas. Ending up in hospital on New Year’s Day is probably one of my worst memories.” Shauna, 23* Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Shauna is looking forward to Christmas for the first time in years. She will be spending Christmas in Galway Simon [...]

The Knights Before Christmas in aid of Galway Simon Community

Local Galway group, The A Capella Knights will hold their Christmas concert ‘The Knights Before Christmas’ in The Galway Cathedral on Sunday 11th of December in aid of Galway Simon Community. The Christmas special will include a children’s concert at 3pm, with the main event taking place at 7:45pm. The children’s concert will feature Irish dancers [...]