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Oct 13, 2014


The gang in the cube have painted a cool mural on the wall. Great work guys, it looks great.

Oct 7, 2014

Photo Comp 2014 Winners

Service-user category - Ed Byrne, Rosanna

Staff category - Maureen Rowden, HR
Thanks to everyone who entered this years SHS photo competition. We had the most amount of entries ever.

Congrats go to Ed Byrne and Maureen Rowden who placed first in their categories. Special thanks to the judges and to Neil Manifold and Shauna Sheridan who entered in the friends and families category; hopefully many more friends/families etc enter next year.

Podcast from He Ain't Heavy

Joe Clifford discusses racing in marathons and much more with Emma Finnucane.

Oct 3, 2014

SHS Photo Comp Entries 2014

Please follow the link below to view all of this years entries. I think it was the most entries ever received actually so thank you for participating. It is being judged as we speak and I hope to have a winner in both the service user and staff category by this afternoon!

This year for the first time, we had 2 entries from family and friends which I think is great so make sure and share next years comp in 2015 on to families, friends and SHS affiliates, etc.

There is only one winner in each category as usual.  Top prizes are a fancy laptop and a fancy digital camera. Service-user category will get first choice of prize. Staff category will get 2nd choice. There are some smaller prizes too which will be allotted. I will be in touch with those entries that are chosen as prize-winners.

Thanks again for entering en masse this year.


Sep 23, 2014

Nature & Nurture - Glenageary

Few nice pics of Niall at work in Nature & Nurture Pet Store in Glenageary. Great bunch of people.....and animals.

Sep 18, 2014

Tina's Painting Commission

Now hanging in the Deansgrange Cemetary Tearooms. Great job, Tina.

Suns for Culture Night 2014

Culture night happens this Friday evening Sept 19th. Get on down to Signal Arts Centre Bray.

Sep 11, 2014

Culture Night 2014

 Last year the Cube worked on the door project with signal arts, this year the Cube have distributed 20 suns to local community groups to decorate  which will be displayed at signal arts culture night.

Sep 9, 2014

Memo to SHS Employees

An employee survey is being carried out in the Health Service this autumn to find out employee’s views and opinions about working in the health services.

The confidential survey is being carried out determine employee’s attitudes to their employers, work practices, culture and communications across the health services. The results of the survey will be used to improve the working lives of staff, leading to better care for patients.

Independent research company, Ipsos MRBI, will be using a detailed questionnaire to discover employee attitudes to work, relationships with colleagues, peers and managers. All responses to the survey are provided to Ipsos MRBI on a confidential basis.

The survey questions are under headings including culture and values, communications, training and development, health, safety and environment, equality and diversity, work life balance, staff engagement and leadership. The survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

The findings of the survey will be used to help improve working conditions and practices for employees, to assess health service performance and develop workplace policies.

The Health Services Employee Survey ‘Have Your Say’ 2014 will be available to all staff from across the health services shortly.

Further details will follow as to how you can access this and “Have your Say”

With Kind Regards,
The HR Team,
Sunbeam House Services.

Sep 2, 2014


Just a little reminder of the icebucket fun last week.

Sep 1, 2014

Speaking Through Art - Exhibition

Speaking Through Art
A group show of 10 artists
In The Arklow Gallery
1-12th of September 2014
Opening Night Thursday 4th of September

Five pairs of artists have created work together or in response to each other’s work creating a visual conversation

     Brian Manning Faulty Towers      Barry Mooney Lighthouse

·        Brian Manning & Barry Mooney:  painting on a shared theme– landscape
·        Christien van Bussel & Nicola Riley: Ceramics created by Christien and decorated by Nicola
·        Denis Dunne & Raymond Carroll: Collaborated to take photos of shared theme– the moon
·        Fiona O’Hara & Conall Carney: mixed media in response to Conall’s painting

·        Sylvia Nannig & Maureen Cullen: Ceramics in response to Maureen’s work

Aug 1, 2014

Clocks on Tour

The beautifully made clocks which were previously exhibited in The Arklow Gallery from June 9th to 27th are representing SHS talent in the Tinahely show on August 4th. 

The 60 individual timepieces made by service users across Bray and Arklow will be in the Tinahely crafts tent. The clocks will be competing in the crafts competition but there will also be entries for painting, ceramics and felt making. 

Brendan Lehane the woodwork instructor in Ballyraine training centre takes on the mammoth task of getting all the entries sorted and the work into the Tinahely show every year ; this year over 70 works will be entered! Thank you Brendan!!

Thank You Elavon

Elavon (a financial services company based in Arklow) flexed their muscles and their community spirit yet again this year for volunteer week.

They built a fabulous wooden pagoda at the entrance to their previously designed sensory garden. This area of BRI grounds was desolate when they began taking it in hand in 2011 and is now thriving with bees and activity. The new Pagoda adds a shady spot to take in the birdsong, hum and beauty of the garden and it frames the entrance to the garden beautifully.

The local Men’s Shed group are now cultivating allotments in the neighbouring orchard site. Their veg and edibles will benefit from the sensory gardens pollinating bees.

The continuing energy and hard labour given every year by Elavon has literally blossomed and grown!

A huge Thank you to the Elavon Team for their energy and commitment.


Conall Carney has his first solo exhibition in the Arklow Gallery in July. Conall’s opening night was on Friday the 4th of July and what a night…a full house! 

A gallery filled with admiration, warmth and pride at Conall’s talent and individualism. In fact Conall’s beautiful abstract paintings were so loved that they were nearly all sold! 

Conall works in the Glenvale art room where he paints his creations independently two days a week. It was a joy for me to be there and share Conall’s fluent visual language that so well expresses his vibrant personality and to celebrate his talent.

Throwing pots in The Hub!

The potters in The Hub have been taking advantage of the sunny weather and have been learning to use the pottery wheel outside. 

Sylvia Nannig has been volunteering on Fridays in the Hub since January and it has been fantastic to have her working with us. Sylvia has a huge amount of experience working in this area and has been very generous with her time, knowledge and energy. 

Sylvia began with workshops where we built bowls and wall pieces which will soon be hanging on the freshly painted exterior walls of the Hub. Over the last few weeks we have been learning to use the wheel to ‘throw’ pots (make them not break them!). 

It has been really interactive with nearly everybody having a go at the wheel and enjoying how relaxing it is.

Remembrance Day Bray

Jul 29, 2014

Team Clifford

There is a donate button on the homepage of www.sunbeam.ie if you wish to donate to Joe and Ciarans humongous effort of running a marathon together. Please pass it on to people outside of SHS. All proceeds go to Sunbeam.

Some words from Joe:....
We have completed the first of 4 races in the run up to the marathon, 1st race being the Fingal 10k which we done in 1 hour.

Also we are on week 14 of our training program so running with Ciaran's double 'Bod the Bag' who is 41kgs which is slightly over half Ciaran's body weight.

So far race preperation are good and the support runners Brian Thighe and Stuart Crinnion (2 seasoned marathon runners) have been great help and a wealth of knowledge in terms of race prep. 

Our social media expert is Emma Finucane who is writing our progress. 

Our wheelchair designer is Johnny Hayden who is himself wheelchair bound and an extreme athlete in his day. 

Our technical adviser is Martin Coady also wheelchair bound and helping with the technical elements of the chair and has himself been pushed for tri-athlons and knows only too well the difficulties that we may face on the day with the chair.

Together we are Team Clifford :) I bet you thought i was going to say something cheesie like the 'A' Team :)

Joe Clifford