Simon Communities Dublin, Cork and Galway graduate at DIT

17 May 2017

The Graduation Ceremony took place at DIT Aungier street on the 4th of May with volunteers from Dublin, Cork and Galway Simon Communities receiving their Certificate in Volunteering and an additional 14 volunteers received a Certificate in Retail Marketing Services.

Simon Communities is a charity organisation founded in 1969 which delivers support and services to over 5,000 individuals and families who experience - or are at risk of homelessness on an annual basis.  Volunteers are at the core of Simon Communities, working alongside professional staff to deliver vital services to people who are homeless. 

Simon Community CEO Sam McGuinness

CEO Simon McGuiness at the Simon Community Graduation Ceremony at DIT 

The DIT CPD Certificate in Volunteering was developed by DIT College of Business in partnership with Simon Communities of Ireland  to provide the kind of supports needed to harness and develop the volunteerism potential that exists in Ireland.  The Certificate course, the only one of its kind in the country, run at DIT College of Business Aungier Street campus,takes a multifaceted approach and is designed to allow volunteers to enhance their expertise and become more effective in their voluntary activity. It involves a 12 week programme covering modules such as personal effectiveness, time management, change management, interpersonal skills, relationship and conflict management, communication and influencing skills.  For those working in the Simon Community charity shops, the School of Retail then developed a specific programme 'Certificate in Retail Marketing Services' to enhance their skills in the world of retailing.  

Simon Community Graduation Ceremony 2017

‌‌At the ceremony, Dr. Katrina Lawlor, Dean & Director of DIT College of Business  stated 'The work that we at DIT and colleagues within the Simon Communities contributes to making this Programme possible. It is rewarded by occasions like today where we can see the positive outcomes of our interaction as partners.  Dr Lawlor also offered inspiring words to the volunteers 'Your clients are among the most vulnerable and deeply merit the active attention of the State and resource providers.  Your participation and achievement on this programme will enhance the quality of your work and the quality of the experience of those you work with.  We earnestly hope that this qualitative benefit will be matched by continuing resource prioritisation''.

Simon Community Graduation Ceremony 2017

Kate Ui Ghallachoir, Head of School of Marketing presents certificates to volunteers 

Dr. Lawlor finished by thanking the leadership of the Simon Communities of Ireland who have demonstrated vision and commitment in facilitating your participation on the Programme, Dr Sharon Feeney, Dr John Murray, Dr Kate Uí Ghallachóir, Head of School of Marketing and Mr John Jameson, Head of School of Retail and Services Management who share their vision and were more than willing to go the extra mile to ensure the success of this partnership.

For more information on volunteering with the Simon Community you can visit their website or call the team on (01) 671 1606. 


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