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The Power Of Partnership: Making an Impact Beyond the Festive Season

05 December 2023

Jim Dennison Chief Executive at Simon Community NI 1

As the year comes to a close, Jim Dennison Chief Executive of Simon Community, Northern Ireland’s leading homelessness charity, reflects on the vital support received from local businesses.

26,310 individuals and families across Northern Ireland are currently classified as homeless and this number is rising. The relentless pressure of rising costs of living means an ever-increasing number of individuals and families find themselves on the brink of homelessness. Jim Dennison explains:

We are facing a homelessness emergency across Northern Ireland that continues to escalate, further compounded by economic uncertainties and ongoing societal changes. The support of the business community is critical to our ability to respond to this growing need and achieve our mission to end homelessness across the region.

Thanks to the continued support of our corporate partners, Simon Community is able to provide 464 warm beds in our temporary accommodation sites every single night, making a daily impact on the lives of thousands of people every year. Our community-led homelessness solutions and support services is only made possible by this committed network of supporters.

But how do local businesses make a difference?

Our corporate partners are essential. Not only do they raise vital funds, but their staff volunteering support, skills sharing and awareness raising activities mean we are able to continue to provide effective solutions to ending homelessness. This includes our groundbreaking Creating Homes initiative through which we are directly tackling the lack of social housing in NI by purchasing and managing our own portfolio of homes. These homes are providing an affordable option to people who are ready to move on from temporary accommodation, ending their cycle of homelessness.

Colin Johnston, Managing Director of Galgorm Collection notes

At Galgorm Collection, we have made it our mission to create a positive impact within our local community. For the past 12 years, we have proudly partnered with Simon Community NI, whose dedication to addressing homelessness in Northern Ireland is invaluable. In an industry synonymous with luxury and comfort, we understand the importance of extending our reach to those affected by homelessness in our locality.

Jim finishes,

This festive season, as temperatures drop, Simon Community is focused on reaching as many people as we can who do not have a place to call home this Christmas. Thanks to the support of our partners, we can do this and much more.

Thank you to all the businesses who got involved in our in our Christmas 'Presence' Ulster Business Ad Appeal.

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Simon Community operates a free 24/7 telephone support service. If you or someone you know is concerned about homelessness, please call 0800 171 2222.

Or for more information about Simon Community’s work and how to get involved this Christmas, please click here.