The South East Simon Community has expanded its service for young people in South Tipperary, adding a drop-in service to its already hugely important role dealing with people aged between 17 and 23, who are leaving care.
In 2011, South East Simon Community began to work with such young people.
The work, carried out in conjunction with the HSE, is to help prevent homelessness as some Irish studies have identified being in care, especially in residential care, as a potential pathway into homelessness.
The Simon Community has a housing-led approach, where the accommodation is identified and the supports are put in place to assist the care leaver to maintain their home.
The Simon Communityâ€™s core aim is to empower young people to live a full and independent life.
This new drop-in service is available to anyone who has been through the care system. The clinic runs on Thursdays from 2pm â€“ 4pm and is based in 2 Brighton Place, Clonmel (opposite Oakville Dunnes). When most young people leave home, they can call back or visit on a regular basis. If they have a problem or issue they can discuss it at home and find solutions. But young people leaving care are less likely to be able to do this. By opening their clinic for a dedicated time each week, South East Simon Community are endeavouring to be that safety net, to be there at a time and place when those who need the service know that someone is there to offer support, advice and a friendly ear to listen. For further information about this service please contact Elaine on 085-8512126.
South East Simon Communityâ€™s aftercare service provides: assistance to source and secure accommodation; advocacy and advice on income support and entitlements; advice/support on educational and training opportunities; assistance in identifying employment opportunities that may be available; advice on personal health care; life skills training; home management skills training; assistance with preparation for Leaving Care Plan.