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Simon Communities launch ‘No One Left Behind’ Campaign

The Simon Communities in Ireland have launched a campaign demanding the Government build more social and affordable housing so that no one is left behind. Too many people are being impacted and traumatised by experiences of homelessness and that all elements of Ireland’s housing sector show signs of being broken. The Simon [...]

No properties available to those relying on housing supports

Locked Out VIII Galway Results Thursday 24th August Galway Simon Community warns the gap between housing supports and market rent prices continue to increase, according to latest study. The snapshot study, ‘Locked Out of the Market VIII: The Gap between Rent Supplement/HAP Limits and Market Rents’ was conducted by the Simon Communities over three [...]

Sleep Out for Simon and Make a Real Difference

Picture by Matheus Munoz L-R: At the launch of the Galway Simon Sleep Out was Sharon Fitzmaurice, Sleep Out Organiser (Corinthians RFC), Joel Blakey, Galway Simon Community and Gill Carroll, Sleep Out Participant/Sponsor. Galway Simon Community are calling on the local community to show solidarity with those experiencing or at risk of homelessness [...]

Galway Simon launch Supper For Simon

L-R: JP McMahon (EAT Galway), Sinead Molloy (Galway Simon Community), Triona Lillis (The Tweed Project), Olivia Collins (Food PR), Ruth Hegarty (Egg&Chicken Food Projects),Michelle Kavanagh (The Kitchen Café) and Aoibheann MacNamara (Ard Bia and The Tweed Project) at the launch of the Supper For Simon fundraising campaign. Photo: Boyd Challenger A new initiative [...]

Galway Simon launch 2016 Annual Report

Maureen Lynch, Chairperson and Bill Griffin, CEO of Galway Simon This week, we launched our 2016 Annual Report as part of our AGM which took place on Monday 29th May. At the AGM, we reflected on 2016 where our efforts throughout the year were focused on extending our reach, seeking ongoing support from the public [...]

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 15th 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 [...]