Both volunteers and paid staff are central to the work of Cork Simon. The time and resources of volunteers is a unique dimension of the Community.
Volunteers founded Cork Simon Community 47 years ago. Today over 800 volunteers work alongside our highly trained and experienced staff to reach out to and support people who are homeless in Cork or at risk of becoming homeless.
Our first volunteers in 1971 organised a nightly Soup Run – volunteers continue to operate the Soup Run every night of the year.
Volunteers remain at the heart of everything we do. They continue to help improve the quality and effectiveness of all our services for people who are homeless in Cork.
” I really learned how being there for just a few hours makes a difference. One thing that really stands out is the sense of inclusion the activities bring – they’re a stepping stone in the right direction, helping people to get back into society.”
Enda – a volunteer with our A-Team.
“You come away feeling you’ve played some small part in edging that person a little bit closer by virtue of just being there and having the craic and having no expectations – you’ve provided a little space to this person and for that made their day a little better.”
Jason – a volunteer at one of our high support houses, spending time once a week with a resident.