The Midlands Simon Community has been undertaking a full programme of activities for Simon Week, which runs from Monday October 1 until this Sunday October 7.
The week aims to highlight the issue of homelessness, and offers an opportunity for people to find out more about the work of Midlands Simon, and to show their support for those experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness in our community.
Simon Week is also an opportunity to highlight the fact that there are a range of difficulties that can cause people to experience homelessness and to require the support of Midlands Simon. The main challenges and difficulties Midlands Simon help people to overcome are poverty and the cycle of disadvantage, severe financial difficulties, lack of opportunities, long-term health and mental health difficulties, domestic violence or abuse, and relationship breakdown.
To date Midlands Simon has provided support to over 950 people across the Midlands.
The focus of the week is to ask everyone to ‘Take a Step for Simon’. That step can be as big or small as people choose, such as arranging a fundraising event, taking part in an activity for Simon, or helping to highlight the issue of homelessness. The first ‘step’ is to log onto www.simon.ie
The Simon Shop in Sean Costello Street, Athlone is running a number of promotions to encourage people to discover the amazing quality and value always on offer. Staff in Kilmartins’ N6 service Station, Athlone are showing their support by wearing Simon t-shirts and helping to increase awareness of homelessness.