Jim Lane is a Mental Health Social Worker with the HSE’s Adult Homeless Integrated Services Team. Jim and the team work closely with Cork Simon providing visiting services at the Emergency Shelter.

"Because I’m a social worker a lot of my beliefs would be based on the social justice model of dignity and respect for each individual.
It’s very much person-centred – you meet the person where the person is at. That fits in with the services of Cork Simon and our mental health team; everybody is looking at where the person is at, to meet their needs, and that sense of community is really important.
Everybody comes with an individual story, but that story doesn’t define the person. You give the person the best opportunity possible to be able to recover, to be able to move back into society and to be part of society again."

Jim speaks about the importance of building relationships and evolving services to meet the needs of the individual...