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    I've just fired off an e-mail to the Simon Community registering interest to volunteer with them. Has anyone volunteered with them before or done any work with them? I'd appreciate it if anyone has any info.
    I know something that will blow your minds. I can't tell you and I can't tell you why I can't tell you. You'll know soon and then I'll be confirmed right.

    #2
    Fair Ducks to you Buceph. Don't forget to have the craic with people amidst all the hardship, and mind yourself in order to be of benefit to anyone else. I worked with Simon for a time a long while back. A fairly solid and human organisation to my mind. I'd imagine you'll get a run out with the Soup run or some sort of outreach work for a start. Them people will learn you!
    ustix
    Gwan Joe!!

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      #3
      I had some indirect involvement with them some years ago, supporting a few residents in accessing vocational training and getting into voluntary placements/supported employment as part of a wider role I had at the time. You'll almost certainly need to be background-checked, which can take a few weeks, and you should be offered some sort of induction training as well as more "specialised" training geared at enabling you to fulfil any more specific role, such as mentoring or teaching essential skills (literacy, numeracy, basic cooking etc) for which you may have an aptitude. There can be a variety of roles but working in a homeless shelter is very challenging, yet rewarding nonetheless.

      When I was involved, the hostels operated a strict zero-tolerance policy on drugs & alcohol being brought into the premises or residents being intoxicated, and it can be tough accepting that someone might get turfed out even for what can seem to be quite minor breaches. By nature of the situation they're in, a lot (or I suppose, all) of the residents are vulnerable - some will be there simply because their life has fallen down around their ears, others may have mental health issues, and there will be some who have come through rape/physical/sexual abuse as well. Many will have been victims of violent crime, sometimes more than once, and seeing the immediate physical aftermath of this before your eyes can be quite shocking, so you'll need to be prepared for that - and for the frustration of how people can be hit incredibly hard by setbacks (yet so often pick themselves up once again). You may well find yourself getting angry at how any society can allow people to fall through the cracks so drastically. At the same time, you'll get a good idea of just how brilliant & fantastic people can be. You'll know reasonably soon if it's for you - if it is, you'll probably find it becomes a very valued part of your life.
      Tis but a scratch.

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        #4
        Well done Buceph respect. Was thinking of talking to some NGO about doing some work over seas myself. A change of scenery would probably do me good.
        Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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          #5
          I haven't done anything yet. I just signed up with their online form and they emailed me about an intro meeting. I'll get to see what they're about and what they expect. Me and The Simon Community might not click.

          Homelessness though is something that's always been on my mind. A guy I knew years ago in college was involved with Simon and one night he introduced me to a few homeless people at 3am after we were in the pub. I've talked to a few homeless guys since then when buying them food or a cup of tea. The whole homeless issue resonates with me for a couple of reasons so I feel like this could be good for me and I might be able to do some good for others. I can't do financial support but this might be something I can be good at.
          I know something that will blow your minds. I can't tell you and I can't tell you why I can't tell you. You'll know soon and then I'll be confirmed right.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Buceph View Post
            I haven't done anything yet. I just signed up with their online form and they emailed me about an intro meeting. I'll get to see what they're about and what they expect. Me and The Simon Community might not click.

            Homelessness though is something that's always been on my mind. A guy I knew years ago in college was involved with Simon and one night he introduced me to a few homeless people at 3am after we were in the pub. I've talked to a few homeless guys since then when buying them food or a cup of tea. The whole homeless issue resonates with me for a couple of reasons so I feel like this could be good for me and I might be able to do some good for others. I can't do financial support but this might be something I can be good at.
            There's more than the one fish in the sea!
            Go well with it.
            Gwan Joe!!

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              #7
              Tell the truth, this is all to do with those Salary top ups, isn't it?

              (Fair dues and good luck)

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