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Homelessness in Cork

The housing crisis is pushing people into homelessness and preventing people from leaving homelessness. Our Emergency Shelter is overflowing with an average of 53 people per night relying on a Cork Simon emergency bed. People are staying for longer and longer in emergency accommodation because they have no other options. Rents in Cork City increased 12% last year; Rent Supplement and Housing Assistance Payments do not come near asking rents.

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Emergency Shelter

Our Emergency Shelter is located on Anderson’s Quay, in the heart of Cork city centre. The Shelter provides care, accommodation and one-to-one support for 47 people around-the-clock, every day of the year. Demand for emergency beds is high – Throughout 2016 the Shelter accommodated an average of 54 people per night – the need for emergency accommodation is so great that we try to accommodate as many people as is safe to do so.

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Leaving A Legacy

If you know Cork, you know that we live in a caring community. And that sense of belonging, that feeling of community, was here before all of us – and will be here long after us.

Here at Cork Simon, we are blessed that our supporters have enriched our organisation – and our community – with their generous gifts.

What we’ve achieved, with the amazing support of our donors, represents our community at its very best. Read More


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April 22nd, 5:00 pm

Life takes us all down different paths - some paths leads to hard times and others lead us out of the hard times we’ve faced. This week some residents from our Emergency Shelter, who are doing their best to find a path out of hard times, took a walk around Blarney Castle and grounds with members of our Activities team. Our Activities Team organise a range of therapeutic activities designed to help residents relax and feel better about themselves, spend time outside of homeless services and begin to see options that they may not have considered before. ... See MoreSee Less

Life takes us all down different paths - some paths leads to hard times and others lead us out of the hard times we’ve faced. This week some residents from our Emergency Shelter, who are doing their best to find a path out of hard times, took a walk around Blarney Castle and grounds with members of our Activities team.  Our Activities Team organise a range of therapeutic activities designed to help residents relax and feel better about themselves, spend time outside of homeless services and begin to see options that they may not have considered before.

April 21st, 3:05 pm

Our Emergency Shelter is overflowing every night, last year 53 people a night stayed in emergency beds at Cork Simon, we’re doing our best but we need your help. Please help us provide food, warmth and shelter by donating €25, or whatever you can? You can donate securely at www.corksimon.ie/donate/. Thank you so much. ... See MoreSee Less

Our Emergency Shelter is overflowing every night, last year 53 people a night stayed in emergency beds at Cork Simon, we’re doing our best but we need your help. Please help us provide food, warmth and shelter by donating €25, or whatever you can? You can donate securely at www.corksimon.ie/donate/. Thank you so much.

April 20th, 7:13 pm

English text books, Maths copies, pink papered exam books peeping out of schoolbags and the dreaded words: “Times up - put your pens down” - many of us remember studying for our leaving cert and how hard and stressful it can be. But for Sarah, it’s also a long held ambition come true.

“I was 18 when I came out of care. I went to my sister’s, I stayed with her but she lost her place so we both ended up at the Simon,” Sarah says. “My sister, she looked after me...always. I remember her saying to me years ago; ‘Sarah, what do you want to do with your life?’. I said I wanted to go to college and she told me I could do it. She died five years ago, and I wanted her to know I could make something of myself, that I could finish school, go to college. So that’s what I’m doing - it’s for her. I’m looking for a flat right now but I’m in school five days a week as well. The Employment and Training team have really helped me, they’re great.”

Our Employment and Training team work hard to ensure everyone has an opportunity to achieve their educational, training and career goals, which in turn strengthens their chances of leaving homelessness behind them for good.
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English text books, Maths copies, pink papered exam books peeping out of schoolbags and the dreaded words: “Times up - put your pens down” -  many of us remember studying for our leaving cert and how hard and stressful it can be. But for Sarah, it’s also a long held ambition come true.

“I was 18 when I came out of care. I went to my sister’s, I stayed with her but she lost her place so we both ended up at the Simon,” Sarah says. “My sister, she looked after me...always. I remember her saying to me years ago; ‘Sarah, what do you want to do with your life?’. I said I wanted to go to college and she told me I could do it.  She died five years ago, and I wanted her to know I could make something of myself, that I could finish school, go to college. So that’s what I’m doing - it’s for her. I’m looking for a flat right now but I’m in school five days a week as well. The Employment and Training team have really helped me, they’re great.” 

Our Employment and Training team work hard to ensure everyone has an opportunity to achieve their educational, training and career goals, which in turn strengthens their chances of leaving homelessness behind them for good.

April 19th, 7:01 pm

A small but dedicated group meet once a week at one of our High Support Houses for a friendly game of cards. The group meet to play Don - a well-known Cork card game, but more than that they meet for the banter and comradery. “It’s a game of skill, you have to play it well - we take the game seriously,” one of the groups best card players says.

Organised by long standing part time volunteer, Eoin, the group is going since the early 90s and its popularity has never lagged; “Everyone here loves the game, they’ve been playing it all their lives and it’s a way to come together on a Tuesday night, play a few hands, have some banter and enjoy the night,” Eoin says. In the Don Group, it doesn’t matter what hand you’re dealt in life, only what you can make of the cards your given. Because of the support of people like you, everyone in the Don Group is making the very best of their cards. #BelieveInPeople
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A small but dedicated group meet once a week at one of our High Support Houses for a friendly game of cards. The group meet to play Don - a well-known Cork card game, but more than that they meet for the banter and comradery.  “It’s a game of skill, you have to play it well - we take the game seriously,” one of the groups best card players says. 

Organised by long standing part time volunteer, Eoin, the group is going since the early 90s and its popularity has never lagged; “Everyone here loves the game, they’ve been playing it all their lives and it’s a way to come together on a Tuesday night, play a few hands, have some banter and enjoy the night,” Eoin says. In the Don Group, it doesn’t matter what hand you’re dealt in life, only what you can make of the cards your given. Because of the support of people like you, everyone in the Don Group is making the very best of their cards. #BelieveInPeople

April 18th, 7:41 pm

Alvaro joins the Soup Run team
This month full time volunteer, Alvaro, joined our Soup Run team, he says; "The Soup Run is my favourite part of the evening because it's a moment you can take to talk to people."
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