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Simon Community to recruit 100 workers to help end homelessness

By John Mulgrew

Published 26/11/2016

Homeless charity the Simon Community is hiring up to 100 workers to expand its team across Northern Ireland. Stock image posed by model
Homeless charity the Simon Community is hiring up to 100 workers to expand its team across Northern Ireland. Stock image posed by model

Homeless charity the Simon Community is hiring up to 100 workers to expand its team across Northern Ireland.

Simon Community NI says it is taking on the new staff in order to "deliver vital services to some of the most vulnerable people in society experiencing homelessness".

It is hosting a recruitment event at the Holiday Inn at University Street in Belfast on Wednesday.

Career advisers and Simon Community NI staff will be there to help people with application forms and offer advice.

The roles will include 38 full-time positions, with a bank of a further 60 casual staff.

Paddy McGettigan, director of homelessness services at Simon Community NI, said: "We're strengthening our network of support across 12 towns and cities in Northern Ireland, so there are jobs in Belfast, Lisburn, Bangor, Londonderry and Coleraine to name a few.

"In addition to the full-time positions available, we also need to further develop our team of casual staff, so the opportunities are perfect for students or those seeking experience leading to a career in social work, mental health or nursing.

"We are working hard to make homelessness a priority for our Government and hope this new complement of staff can help us achieve our vision and together we can end homelessness.

"Homelessness in Northern Ireland has doubled in the last 15 years and the charity helps thousands of vulnerable people every year."

The posts come as the UK marks Homelessness Awareness Week, which begins on Wednesday.

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