“Moving here was a total big change. I’m delighted. It’s so peaceful and quiet. It’s lovely, absolutely brilliant. It took me about three or four weeks before I could sleep because it was so quiet. I feel safe here. I’m sticking to everything – my counselling, my school, reading and writing, computer classes. The staff are brilliant – they’re always there for you. You’re never alone. ”

'Elizabeth'

Our five High-Support houses provide intensive levels of round-the-clock care for 52 men and women whose health and other needs are such that they are not able to live independently. A team of experienced care workers and trained volunteers staff all five houses on a 24 hour basis .

Cork Simon’s five high-support houses are:

  • Clanmornin House, Boreenmanna Road
  • Gateway, Leitrim Street
  • Mill House, Anderson’s Quay
  • Tír na nÓg, Blackrock
  • 4-6 Parkview, Victoria Road.

“I love it here; I think this is what I was dreaming of…I’m a changed man, a very, very changed man. All my troubled days are over, thank God. I feel well safe when I’m in this house coz I knows I’m not out on the street. It’s help, and that’s what I’m looking for…and I gets it.” – ‘Richard’

A Cork Simon health study of all people using Cork Simon services, Homelessness Makes You Sick, found that among high-support housing residents:

  • 81% had a diagnosed physical health condition.
  • The most common conditions were Wounds & Injuries (32%), Heart related conditions (27%), digestive disorders (24%) and muscle and bone disorders (22%).
  • 59% had a diagnosed mental health condition.
  • The most common mental health conditions were Depression (41%), Schizophrenia (17%), and Bipolar Disorder (7%).
  • 49% had both a diagnosed physical and mental health condition.
  • 15% attempted suicide in the previous six months.
  • 15% self-harmed.

All five High-Support houses are shared living – people have their own rooms and share kitchen and common living areas.

Each High-Support resident is assigned a key-worker. A care plan for each resident is updated regularly.

Meet Carla - a Care & Support Assistant at one of our High-Support houses.