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Architects take campaign online

Thursday, 23rd April, 2020 12:21pm

The annual Open Door campaign has moved online!

The campaign from the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and Simon Communities is now in its 16th year and sees registered architects offer their expertise to members of the public in exchange for a donation of €95 to Simon Communities.

Previously, this was done via an hour-long face-to-face consultation, however consultations will this year be held virtually via video calls due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

One of Ireland’s best known architects, Dermot Bannon, helped launch this year’s virtual campaign.

Karen Golden, Chair of the Simon Communities of Ireland said: “Covid-19 poses very serious challenges to people who are homeless and we sincerely appreciate this kind of support, which means we can continue to provide the strongest possible service during this crisis.

“We are doing all we can to keep our vital services open and it is crucial that a spotlight is kept on protecting people who are currently experiencing or who are at risk of homelessness. They are among the most vulnerable people in our society at what is a very challenging time for us all.”

RIAI Simon Open Door runs from 5-15 May and all funds raised go directly to Simon Communities across Ireland to support their work in tackling homelessness through the current crisis and beyond.

Ciaran O’Connor, RIAI President said: “I would like to sincerely thank those who have already signed up to give their time and expertise. I would also appeal to members of the public who are looking for a way to contribute something positive at this difficult time to consider booking a slot, either for personal use or even as a gift for a loved one, and help Simon Communities to provide vital services during this time.”

Registration can be found at

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