Cork Simon works in solidarity with men and women who are homeless in Cork, offering housing and support in their journey back to independent living.
Our Outreach Team works on the street and from our Day Service, supporting people sleeping rough, surviving in squats or people who have no other option but to stay with friends – people on the very edge of homelessness. Last year the team supported over 500 people in such circumstances, and many more who were at risk of losing their housing.
The Soup Run was Cork Simon’s first ever service back in 1971 and continues to operate every night of the year. A team of part-time volunteers, often joined by a member of our Outreach Team, offers hot food and a listening ear in a warm, friendly, non-judgemental environment. In 2017 our Soup Run supported 855 people and served 12,389 hot meals.
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 – we frequently have to turn people away because the Shelter is fully occupied. Last year our Emergency Shelter supported 339 different people.
Our Day Service on Anderson’s Quay is home to a specialist team of doctors, nurses and other health professionals who provide the most appropriate healthcare for people who are sleeping rough or staying in our Emergency Shelter. The Day Service houses other specialist services, including Youth Homeless Drug Prevention, Employment & Training, and Activities.
Our Youth Homeless Drug Prevention Programme works specifically with 18 to 26 year olds who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and who are either at risk of drug use or are active drug users. The programme offers a range of direct one-to-one supports, and refers people to other services as appropriate. Last year the programme supported 56 young people.
Cork’s Adult Homeless Multi-Disciplinary Team of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals works specifically with people sleeping rough or staying in emergency accommodation, many of whom experience poor mental and physical health. Based in our Day Service, this specialist team is experienced in treating these complex health issues.