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Marking 40 Years of Galway Simon

Galway Simon Community members Karen Golden (CEO), Brian Hickey (Staff Member), Denis Connolly (Client) & Jacqui O'Dowd (Original volunteer). Photo by Murt Fahy. Local homeless charity Galway Simon Community is calling on people in their local community to join them in marking the organisation’s 40 years in Galway. The charity is inviting past [...]

Four-fold increase in homelessness in four years

Galway Simon Community has raised concerns about the worsening homelessness and housing crisis warning that youth homelessness is on the rise. According to recent figures released by the Government, 236 of those currently in emergency accommodation in the West of Ireland are children and youth’s under the age of 24, representing 44% of the total number [...]

Tech Giants raise almost €40K in 7 months for Galway Simon Community!

Eleanor Duggan (HPE), Louise Gallagher (HPE), Nora Colombani (ISS), Aisling O’Malley (HPE) and Paul Brennan (HPE) marking their achievement of €39,604 raised for Galway Simon Community to date. Tech giants Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), DXC & Micro Focus, along their facilities partner ISS, announce they have €39,604 to date for charity partner Galway Simon [...]

Crowds flock to Salthill for Dip at Dawn event

Photos by Jes Therkelsen Over 140 people gathered in Salthill this morning to take a dip in the sea at dawn in aid of Galway Simon. The event was organised to raise vital funds to support people in Galway who are facing homelessness. Crowds met on [...]

Zero properties in Galway City within HAP Limits Simon Communities study shows

Galway Simon Community says the private rental sector in Galway is continuing to spiral out of control and is inaccessible for many of those relying on assistance payments as the gap between housing support limits and market rent prices continues to increase, according to latest study. The homelessness charity say this trend is extremely worrying, given [...]

Galway Simon supports more people than ever before

Tom Kenny, Mary McPartlan, CEO Karen Golden and Chaiperson Maureen Lynch of Galway Simon Community at the launch of the Galway Simon 2018 Annual Report 2018 was extremely challenging according to Galway Simon Community who supported 550 local households last year through their accommodation and homelessness prevention services, more than in any other [...]

Take a Dip at Dawn to help tackle homelessness in Galway

Galway Simon Community’s second annual Dip at Dawn will take place on Friday 5th July at 5:16am at Ladies Beach in Salthill. Participants will gather at sunrise to greet the morning sun with a short yoga session followed by a dip in the sea. The event will raise both awareness of and funds for those [...]

Homelessness in West new record high

Another record high in the number of people accessing emergency accommodation in the West says local charity Galway Simon Community.  The latest figures released from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government showed there were 561 people in emergency accommodation in the West of Ireland in March of this year, including 85 families and 213 [...]

Galway Simon launch Journey Home Campaign

Galway Simon Community is marking its 40 year anniversary with the launch of their #JourneyHome campaign. The charity is calling on people in their local community to take action against homelessness now, through campaigning or fundraising, to help someone on their Journey Home. The homeless charity was established in 1979 by a group of [...]

Homelessness in West growing eight times faster than nationally

Galway Simon Community have responded to the latest emergency accommodation figures saying it’s deeply disappointing to see the number of people in emergency accommodation nationally pass the 10,000 mark and to see further significant increases in the West of Ireland. According to the new figures from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, 556 people [...]

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