Joseph Rodgers, left, and Mick Fleming taking the plunge at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Dublin on Christmas morning for the annual Christmas Day Swim. Photograph:  Frank Miller

For the kids Organise your own grotto and raise money for a charity of your choice. It’s a lot easier than it sounds and after an initial outla(...)

The number of people turning to Cork Simon after becoming homeless reached its highest level in five years in 2013 with the number of people sleeping rough on the streets of the city rising to 174 people. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The number of people turning to Cork Simon after becoming homeless reached its highest level in five years in 2013 with the number of people sleeping (...)

Patrick’s Bridge over the river Lee in Cork city. “These patterns of disadvantage have persisted for many years,” the report notes. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

Cork city suffers from levels of deprivation higher than the national average, with much of the city’s north side suffering most, according to(...)

According to the director of Cork Simon Community Dermot Kavanagh, there has been a significant increase in the numbers of people sleeping rough in Cork, with 54 per cent more sleeping rough for one night or more in the nine months up until the end of September. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A chronic shortage of housing is proving the single biggest barrier to people escaping homelessness, with almost half of those in emergency accommodat(...)

Rachel Stevenson: says €2.2 million of Cork Simon’s €6.5 million spend comes from donations. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Although it is one of Ireland’s most established charities and one that has a particular place in the affections of Corkonians, even Cork Simon is not(...)

Deirdre Garvey, chief executive of the Wheel, a voluntary-sector representative organisation, said the HSE move could be seen as interference in independent organisations.

The Health Service Executive is preparing to impose Haddington Road agreement cuts on all non-statutory agencies to which it gives grants, such as th(...)

Cork Simon chief executive Dermot Kavanagh  speaking with Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney at the launch of the community’s annual report for 2012, which   warns there’s little hope Government policy on homelessness will work if current levels of funding are not maintained. Photograph:  Clare Keogh

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has pledged to argue strongly at Cabinet that the government should maintain funding for homeless services at €(...)