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Simon Community NI Staff Conference 2018

02 February 2018

Simon Community NI launched 2018 with a staff conference to outline the organisation's strategic priorities for the next five years.

This followed an extensive process throughout 2017 during which our 300+ staff were consulted by Senior Management on what they believed was important in moving forward positively as an organisation to end homelessness for people in need across Northern Ireland.

The priorities outlined were;

  • To prevent homelessness
  • To provide the right support at the right time for those who become homeless
  • To offer options and solutions to end homelessness
  • To develop, support and invest in our staff and volunteers

Attendees heard how the organisation plans to achieve these aims; based on the suggestions and feedback provided by teams during the 2017 Consultation Process.

The Simon Community NI staff then heard from the inspirational Mark Pollock about his journey through competitive sport, blindness, adventure expeditions, paralysis; and now his mission to find a cure for paralysis.

Simon Community NI Volunteer of the Year Noel Johnston then told the incredible story of his journey around Ireland, completing 40 marathons in 40 days to raise money for people experiencing homelessness in Northern Ireland.

Finally, the first Simon Community NI Chairman's Awards took place - celebration employees from right across the organisation, and the efforts they make every day to end homelessness for people in need.

A great day was had by all and staff members left determined and focused on the overall aim of the organisation for the next five years - to end homelessness for those in need across Northern Ireland.

The full list of winner's and runner's up are as follows;

Support Worker of the Year

Winner

Eileen Dynes - Armagh

1st Runner Up

Carla Brazier - Saintfield Road

2nd Runner Up

Jackie Finnigan - Larne

Team of the Year

Winner

Newry

1st Runner Up

242 Antrim Road

2nd Runner Up

414 Falls Road

Leadership Award

Winner 

Tracey Millar - Larne

1st Runner Up

Christina Howarth - 242 Antrim Road

2nd Runner up

Marianne McCaul - Newry

Community Engagement Award

Winner

James Dunbar - Portadown

Runner Up

Saintfield Road

Client Champion

Winner

Larry Gibb - Downpatrick

Runner Up

Jackie Finnigan - Larne

Innovation into Practice

Winner 

Saintfield Road

Runner Up

HOME Team

Welcoming Project Award

Winner

Bonds Hill

Runner Up

Newry

Learner of the Year

Winner 

James Goldie - Bonds Hill

Runner Up 

Sharon Wright - Downpatrick

Long Service Awards

John-Paul Tumelty, Downpatrick

Valerie McKee, Finance

Davy Faulkner, Foyer

Emma Roberts, IT

Michelle Burns, Finance

Simon Community NI Staff Conference 2018