Currently, there are 9,841 homeless people in Ireland including 3,867 children. This figure is increasing everyday.
Throughout the completion of the CSPE Action Project , we researched information about the homeless and the organisations that help the homeless.The Simon Community is crucial in helping the homeless crisis in Ireland. Our school invited a speaker from the Simon Community to give our 3rd year group a talk on the work they are doing for the homeless. The Simon Community is based in four counties; Dublin, Wicklow, Meath and Kildare.
They provide over 30 services including,
-Giving out blankets.
They have another branch of sevices called Emergency Outreach, some of services they provide:
-The Rough Sleeper Service.
-Soup Run Service.
-Social Club Service.
-Needle Exchange Programme.
Simon Community collect their funds through donations from us, the public. They rely on fundraisers such as Home Run or Sing for Simon 24hr Carolathon, to raise money for the foundation. You can get involved by participating in Sing for Simon, this year’s carol service. It is suitable for all ages- so you can get the whole family involved! By donating as little as 5 euro towards the Simon Community, you could help someone get off the streets and have new, clean clothes and a shelter for the night.
This is a huge crisis in Ireland at the moment. Through this action project we have learned so much about the Homeless Crisis and the many areas in which charitable organisation help the community. In addition we now know how we can be more active citizens for our communities.
By Kristian Currie, Jake O’Gorman, Dan Fan, Hollie Kelly and Sophie Johnston.