Simon Communities Dublin, Cork and Galway graduate at TU Dublin

13 May 2019

The Graduation Ceremony took place at TU Dublin on the 9th of May with 72 volunteers from Dublin, Cork and Galway Simon Communities receiving their Certificate in Volunteering and an additional 15 staff members received a Certificate in Digital Marketing Strategy.

The Simon Community 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 the Simon Community, working alongside professional staff to deliver vital services to people who are homeless. 

The TU Dublin Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificate in Volunteering was developed by the College of Business in partnership with the Simon Community is 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, 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 areas such as professional boundaries, addiction, self-care, ethics, change management, interpersonal skills, relationship and conflict management, communication and influencing skills. 

Simon Community Dublin Graduation 2019

''The Certificate in Volunteering is an integral part of our full time volunteering programme. Running since 2010, 410 graduates to date have received the certificate. Volunteers in the Simon Community play a key part in the organisation and the partnership with TU Dublin adds quality to service delivery and the positive experiences of volunteers and Simon Community clients.''   

In 2018, the School of Marketing developed a specific programme 'Certificate in Digital Marketing Strategy' to enhance the skills of staff in the world of digital marketing. Individuals from across the organisation took part, to include fundraising, volunteer office, HR, P&D, Emergency Services, Housing services, Treatment services and SLI. 

At the ceremony, Dr. Katrina Lawlor, Dean & Director of TU Dublin College of Business 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''.

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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