A Yorkshire based homelessness charity has appointed two new team members to support the rising demand for its services.
Simon on the Streets has appointed Fiona Hobson as administrative, communications and volunteer coordinator, as well as Fabian Irons as administrative and fundraising assistant.
Fiona joins the team having interned and volunteered extensively in both local and international charities whilst working in the higher education sector. Following the completion of an MSC in international development, Fiona spent two years working in Southwest China.
Fabian joins the charity as part of Path Yorkshire’s return to work programme. Fabian is completing a six-month placement as part of the Skills Training Employment Pathways project (STEP), which offers unique opportunities for unemployed Leeds residents aged 25 and over to develop their skills and gain work experience.
As part of the scheme, Fabian is also completing a business admin level 2 course alongside his role at the charity.
Simon on the Streets is a registered charity operating in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield. Founded in 1999, the organisation relies solely on sponsorship, fundraising and donations in order to provide practical and emotional support to the homeless community.
Simon on the Streets offers street-support to individuals who have complex needs and cannot access mainstream services, due to behavioural issues or mental illness.
General manager at Simon on the Streets Gordon Laing said: “We are delighted to welcome Fiona and Fabian to the Simon on the Streets team, as we continue to grow we are able to reach more and more rough sleepers and provide the support they so desperately need.
“It’s fantastic that schemes such as the PATH STEP project exist to provide opportunities for people to develop skills and gain work experience, whilst making a real difference in their role.”
Fiona Hobson said: “I am thrilled to be working with Simon on the Streets, I strongly believe in their focus on sustainable positive change for service users through the provision of emotional and practical support. It’s great to work with such a passionate team that makes a real difference to the lives of rough sleepers in Yorkshire”
Fabian Irons said: “I am passionate about making a difference to vulnerable adults across west Yorkshire, and I’m glad to be working at Simon on the Streets.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at the charity so far and I’ve met some lovely people, including volunteers, service users and supporters. As I continue my career I would like to stay in the third sector if possible.”