OUR SERVICES

Simon Community NI exists to support our clients and those in need. Our highly trained staff are dedicated to the people that find themselves in need of our services. As the leading provider of homelessness services in Northern Ireland, we currently help over 3000 people every year, providing:

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Accommodation Projects across Northern Ireland with 24/7 support from trained staff for the complex needs that can contribute to people becoming homeless.

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Beds every night of the year for short-term and long-term clients who are experiencing homelessness and who need support to move on.

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Dedicated Young People Projects, supporting 16 – 21 year olds on their Pathway to Independence through education, employment and general support sessions.

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Dedicated Family Project, with tailored support to assist with budgeting, personal development, living skills and resettlement. Includes additional creche facilities.

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Accommodation Projects across Northern Ireland with 24/7 support from trained staff.

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Beds every night for short-term and long-term clients who are experiencing homlessness

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dedicated Young People Projects, supporting 16 – 21 year olds on their Pathway to Independence through education and employment training; and support sessions to manage substance misuse.

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dedicated Family Project, with tailored support to assist with budgeting, personal development, living skills and resettlement, and creche facilities.

HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION

We exist to support people who are homeless and those at risk of homelessness

HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION

We exist to support people who are homeless and those at risk of homelessness

Preventing vulnerable people from becoming homeless is at the centre of our work.  Often the best solution to homelessness is to help people to stay in their current home, or return to a previous home.

We work with people every day to help them resolve problems and circumstances that may put their home at risk.

We provide individualised support to people living with us, people moving on from our sites and those struggling with problems that put their home at risk. We work closely with partner organisations wherever needed.

There are many causes of homelessness and everyone who becomes homeless has their own complex story to tell.  Simon Community NI seeks to raise awareness of the causes and consequences of homelessness.

Developing partnerships in local communities and across Northern Ireland helps us do this. Through our volunteering programme, campaigns and engaging with partners we are working to reduce the stigma of being homeless and develop a community response to the challenges of homelessness.

MANAGING SUBSTANCE MISUSE

Simon Community NI is committed to supporting all clients who use its services and this includes those who use substances.

MANAGING SUBSTANCE MISUSE

Simon Community NI is committed to supporting all clients who use its services and this includes those who use substances.

Our intent is to reduce substance related risks and harms that are experienced by these clients. This is not limited to those who are already experiencing difficulties related to their substance use, but also includes those who may be at risk in the future.

We believe that we can positively influence the pattern of substance use by our clients, particularly those engaged in high risk behaviours. This means that we:

● Adapt a non-judgemental, high tolerance approach.
● Ensure clients are consulted about their support package, and that interventions are genuinely client led.
● Motivate clients to make informed choices about risks they are taking, and to believe that change is possible.

We work with partner organisations to ensure that substance using clients receive the best possible package of support. We engage substance using clients regardless of perceived challenges; ranging from young experimenters, to high risk polydrug users and the long term dependant.

Our work involves alcohol harm reduction initiatives, reducing overdose risk, improving knowledge for more informed choices around risk, planning for diversionary activities, managing cravings, and recognising triggers.

This service is available to all past, current and possible Simon Community NI clients in need of support to manage their lifestyle choices.

What we offer:

● Screening and assessment to identify and prioritise needs
● One-to- one sessions with individuals in need
● Risk assessment of danger to substance users
● Harm reduction training, support plans and information sessions
● The promotion of positive health attitudes, through discussion on substance use, diet and lifestyle with a harm minimisation focus
● Assistance for clients developing their own appropriate support networks

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