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Support your Local Simon Community Project this Homelessness Awareness Week

27 November 2019

A week of social, educational and public engagement, Homelessness Awareness Week NI marks the continued efforts of organisations, staff, and service users working in the sector. Running from 29th November – 6th December 2019, this year will be celebrated by events and activities organised across Northern Ireland.

At NI’s leading homelessness charity, the focus of Simon Community’s community services will be to thank those who continually help with project successes at a local level. Planned events throughout the week include 24 cyclethons, donation drop off days, craft fairs and community walks.

The charity is urging people to get involved in whatever way possible and this year is promoting Sweaters for Simon as a simple action for anyone wanting to raise awareness. Simply host a Christmas sweater day at your home or workplace, make a donation and to spread the word, use hashtags #Sweaters4Simon and #HAW2019 across Social Media. 

To support us locally, why not get involved with one of our regional activities:

In Newry, come along to chat about volunteer opportunities or bring some dry food donations at our Homelessness Day and help us support clients.

  • Date: 29 November, 10am – 4pm
  • Location: Outside First Derivatives, Hill Street Newry
  • Contact: 028 3026 6044 for information

In Coleraine, our team have set a fundraising target of £2000 for planned client activities in 2020 and are hosting a range of bag packs in local stores and a pub quiz and music night in aid of Simon.

  • Date: 13 December
  • Location: Diamond Bar, Ballymoney
  • Contact: 028 7035 2300 for information

In Portadown, a week of community activity has been organised to showcase the great work of the charity, including a 24hr cyclethon supported by V02 Club, Donation Drop Off Days and a thank you event for local supporters.

  • Event: 24hr Cyclethon
  • Date: 29—30 Nov, 6am—6am
  • Location: 8 Mayfair Business Centre, Garvaghy Road Unit 10, Portadown
  • Contact: 028 9433 4428 for information
  • Event: Donation Drop Offs
    • 3 Dec, Tesco Craigavon
    • 4 Dec, Tesco Craigavon
    • 5 Dec, ASDA Portadown

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In Whitehead, our team from Lisburn will be hosting a pop up Christmas Arts & Crafts Stall with items made by our wonderful clients.

  • Date: 0 November, Noon – 9pm
  • Location: Minor Hall, Brown Memorial Halls, Whitehead Presbyterian Church 8 Kings Road, Whitehead  
  • Contact: 028 9260 3059 for information

To find out more about supporting your local project over Homelessness Awareness Week, email