The Galway Simon Community is teaming up with the Village Salthill this year for the annual Simon Sleep Out in October.
People from the community in Salthill and beyond are invited to come and join Galway Simon at the sleep out on October 4 to raise funds and awareness for the fight against homelessness in Galway.
Keith Kissane from The Village Salthill Collective said that they were delighted to be holding a sleep out in Salthill this year.
“We hope that it will encourage even more people to rise to the challenge of taking part and raising much needed funds for Galway Simon”, Keith said.
The 2019 Sleep Out for Simon will also see friends, families, and colleagues from Tuam, Loughrea, and the City Centre coming together to swap their beds for sleeping bags for one night in an act of solidarity with those facing homelessness in our community.
Last year 229 individuals and families throughout the city and county benefited from the Homelessness Prevention Services at Galway Simon.
100% of the proceeds from this year’s event will go directly towards plans to further extend the reach of these essential services.
Speaking about the urgent need for funds to expand their support, Karen Feeney, Head of Client Services with Galway Simon said that the private rental section in Galway is continuing to spiral out of control.
She added that there is “An ever widening gap between housing support limits and market rent prices there is an urgent need to continue to ensure that preventative measures are in place”.
Galway Simon’s Homelessness Prevention Services include a Community Support Team, a dedicated Youth Service, a specialist Women and Family Service as well as a drop in resource centre in East County Galway.
If you’re interested in taking part in this year’s Simon Sleep Out then register here.