On 25 November, Mark and his band will open for Glen Hansard at Vicar Street. Tickets go on sale 4 October for €30 with all proceeds benefiting the Peter McVerry Trust and the Dublin Simon Community. Click through for more information about Peter McVerry Trust and Dublin Simon Community.
For 30 years, Peter McVerry Trust has tackled homelessness in Ireland. In the mid-1970s Fr Peter McVerry began working with young people in Dublin’s north inner-city witnessing first-hand the problems of homelessness and deprivation. In 1983, as the number of young people experiencing homelessness grew, he established the charity, known as Peter McVerry Trust. Over its 30 year history, Peter McVerry Trust was provided vital housing and support services, which have helped thousands of young people to rebuild their lives. More than 3,500 individuals were supported by the charity last year, with 74% between the ages of 18-35 and the youngest just 13. www.pmvtrust.ie
Dublin Simon Community works to prevent and address homelessness in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow. We provide services at all stages of homelessness and enable people to move to a place they can call home. At Simon, we listen to people who turn to us for help and do everything we can to support them to move out of homelessness into independent living. We strive to empower people to access, secure and retain a home of their own by reducing the reliance on short-term emergency accommodation and providing permanent supported housing for people to sustain a home in their local community. Moving people into supported housing produces life-enhancing and life-saving results and is more cost-effective in the long run.
The organisation was founded by a group of Trinity and UCD students in 1969, who began by providing much-needed soup and sandwiches to people who were sleeping rough in Dublin city centre. In addition to theSoup Run, which still goes out 365 nights of the year, Dublin Simon provide many services which aim to help those who are sleeping rough on the streets, people who are in their own accommodation but at risk of homelessness and those who are at any of the stages in between.