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Midwest Simon Community Sleep Out 2018

Midwest Simon Community Sleep Out 2018 saw residents of Limerick showing their support for the group at Thomond Park on Saturday, 20 October.

Midwest Simon Community Sleep Out 2018

Midwest Simon Community Sleep Out 2018 took place on Saturday, 20 October.  The event saw several participants and volunteers take on Thomond Park to show their support.

The event also marked the official launch of Midwest Simon’s Christmas fundraising campaign, which aims to raise €42,000 in order to run the Family Hub and Housing First service by the group. The primary reason behind these services is to offer long-term solutions for homelessness.

Since its inception last October, the Family Hub has rehabilitated 14 families into secure accommodation, with a 100% success rate for tenancy retention.

Every family to take this service is provided with a resettlement worker to support them into permanent accommodation. The family hub also offers support for the children and adults housed, to empower them to live independently and try to reduce the trauma of being homeless.

Classes provided include healthy cooking, budgeting, art, sports and CV workshops. MWS is thrilled to be the recipient of a sensory wall funded by the national lottery through the HSE. This will benefit children in the hub suffering from autism.

The Housing First initiative aims at working with people who have been homeless for a long period, offering intensive support to its clients.

The team encompasses volunteers with considerable expertise in the areas of mental health and substance misuse.

The service also offers intensive support for clients looking to engage in Back to Education. MWS also promotes a volunteer programme through which clients are given opportunities to volunteer with the group and eventually progress into paid employment.

Midwest Simon Community Sleep Out 2018

Midwest Simon Sleep Out 2018 saw participants gather at Thomond Park for a discussion on homeless services in Ireland.

The Midwest Simon Community Sleep Out 2018 team encouraged participants to join a talk on homeless services. The event also saw a kicking competition and a walk-through of the museum at Thomond Park.

The group then spent the night in the tunnel in solidarity with those who are homeless in the Mid-West region.

Speaking at the event, Jade Quinn, Midwest Simon Fundraising Co-ordinator said: “We are so grateful to all the participants and everyone who made the night a success. Homelessness reflects a form of social injustice and the efforts of this group will go a long way in supporting vulnerable families and individuals in the Mid-West region.”

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Midwest Simon Community Sleep Out 2018

Midwest Simon Community Sleep Out 2018

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.