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Jun 15, 2015

Bloomsday Celebration

Tomorrow, Tuesday in the Cube, Bray. 12-2pm.

May 27, 2015

Love Wicklow

Great news to tell.

The Eolas and The Pod - Monday group became involved in a Community based Wicklow Arts project(Love Wicklow) which was exhibited in Wicklow Arts Festival last weekend.
Hopefully some of you got to go to this great event.

The groups’ entry was voted OVERALL WINNER in the Competition by the General public.

All are thrilled with this achievement as are Briege, Catriona and Serena Baird (student) who supported them on the project.

May 18, 2015

Less than a Week to go Till the Big Race!

10K & 5K Run/Walk
Starting & finishing at the Coral Leisure Centre Arklow at 12 Noon
24th May 2015
Enter online with Precision Timing

May 7, 2015

Shave or Dye 2015 - Hair Pull

Not as good as the Beard Slap we did but Paul just wanted to say thanks for donating to the Shave or Dye 2015 charity fundraiser.

May 5, 2015

Job Shadow pics

The Job Shadow day is an exciting initiative which runs throughout Ireland every spring. It is driven by the Irish Association of Supported Employment to give job seekers with disabilities the opportunity to experience the world of work by shadowing a mentor in their workplace for a day. It also gives employers and their employees the chance to see the many skills of people with different abilities, and raise awareness of disability in the workplace as well as promoting inclusion. In previous years many participants have been successful in securing paid work, so it really is a very valuable learning experience for all involved.

This year, there are  seven  service users, supported by their job coaches  from Connect Employment, a supported employment team and division of Sunbeam House Services, who will be taking part in a variety of work places.

In Arklow, Ailbhe Kelly had a taste of the various elements of restaurant work  with head  chef Orla Killoran in the Park Bistro. 

Emma Reynolds took the reigns at the Kish Equestrian Centre. Paul Roche joined the team in the St Vincent de Paul charity shop and Sean Sheeky will be busy in Kidzone in Wicklow. 

 The new business the Bridgewater Centre, River Bank Café and Bistro, welcomed William Russell to their team.  William  had a great experience and is delighted to have secured a job there.

In Bray, Garret Seery visited the studios of TV3 and Levi Elf Clarke spent his Job Shadow Day in radio station Spin 103.8 FM.

Job Shadow Day Article in the Wicklow People


Apr 22, 2015

Job shadow

Levi meets the vamps!


Paul Reynolds doin his bit for charity yet again with this beardslap for Shave or Die 2015. Please donate at the link below. Or else give a few quid to Claire at reception in SHS Killarney Road Bray, she has teh donation form.


Apr 20, 2015

Sunbeam in 60 Seconds - Board of Directors

Another video in the series taking a minute-sized look at Sunbeam House.

Donal O'Brien, the chairman of the Board of Directors, gives us a brief overview of what they do.

Coffee Morning a Success

Sunbeam House Services (in particular Martin O’Rourke) and Ann Walker (The Orchard Café) organised a really successful coffee morning in collaboration with East Coast Radio on Friday the 17th of April. 

There was a fantastic atmosphere in this beautiful setting with everyone sitting outside catching up with friends and family. Ger Ryan came to have coffee with us, Ger is a well known actress who has worked in Family (BBC), The Commitments, The Van, Intermission and many more. Shanice Juste, The All Ireland women’s boxing champion 65kg came for coffee and many photographs and local DJ Jimmy Reid was our compere for the morning.

We were delighted with the support we received from Martin Lynch who provided a free taxi service from Arklow to The Ballyraine Campus and An Cisean Aran, an Arkow bakery who donated some lovely cakes. Some students from Gael scoil Arklow, the Men’s Shed with many more locals to enjoy a nice cuppa and some good company for a Great Cause. We raised €775 over the three hour coffee morning, what a result!
A big Thank you to all who supported a Fantastic cause and made a Great Day.

Fiona O ’Hara

Famous Faces #WORKIE

Ah, great photo, Levi with some famous faces.

For more #WORKIEs and job shadow information, follow the IASE on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/IASEmployment/timeline)

Apr 17, 2015

Eolas Clothing Appeal

De-clutter your house.

We are looking for old clothing, curtains, bedding, towels, phones, etc.

Shoes to be bagged seperately please.

We are collecting unwanted items and are hoping to fill a room with bags of clothes etc.

Contact: Lorraine on 086-843 8182

Apr 16, 2015

Hair play

Hi all

I just got my hair cut for the Rapunzel Foundation: http://rapunzelfoundation.com/. They make hair pieces for people with alopecia. As well as hair-raising they do fund-raising at: http://rapunzelfoundation.com/index.php/donate-money/.

Please give if you can.


Michael Cuthbert
Valley View

Apr 13, 2015

Self-Directed Living

In 2 days time, some Free Regional Workshops on Self-Directed Living will be taking place. Located in various parts of the country.


Apr 1, 2015

Last Year's Big Race Champion Dares Anyone to Challenge his Reign

Padraig writes:

The Sunbeam House Services Road Race is coming around quickly.
This was an excellent event last year and it would be great to see as many Sunbeam locations represented as possible.
So if there are people who are interested in doing the race but don't know where to start.
I would be happy to develop a training program.
This would be a six week program starting on Monday the 13th of April. The program could be tailored to whatever level you are at.
So could be "Couch to 5k style" or if you are targeting a Personal Best.

So let me know if you are interested and what distance and level you are.

Planned Race Distance
- 5K Walk
- 5k Run
- 10 Run
- Part of Relay team

- Complete Beginner (No Running)
- Novice (Do/did a little bit on treadmill or short runs)
- Intermediate (Run/Ran a couple of times a week but to no structure)

I am part of Belpark Triathlon Club and Rathfarnham Athletics club and coaches from both have agreed to help me develop training program.

I would encourage as many people as possible to do the race. if you are interested in the training programs please phone my number 0857068534.

If we get enough interested we can look at organising running groups.

Padraig Ruane
Self-Directed Living Coordinator and Current Holder of the Lucinda Sullivan Perpetual Trophy


I think I speak for both Catherine Hayes and myself in calling out anybody who is brave enough to try win the trophies off us.

Mar 31, 2015

Sign up to Run or to Lend a Hand!

Count down is on for the BIG EVENT

10K & 5K Run/Walk
Starting & finishing at the Coral Leisure Centre Arklow at 12 Noon
24th May 2015
Enter online with Precision Timing
We Need A Team of Runners From Each Unit
(Relay Event min of 2 people or max 5) Perpetual Trophy for the winners
Perpetual Trophy for SHS Staff (Best Time for 10K & 5K)
Current Holders of this prestigious award
Padraig Ruane SDLP Project & Catherine Hayes from Valleyview
Lots of prizes & T-shirts
We Need Walkers, Runners & Helpers
If you have a few hours to spare next Sunday morning  24th May  to volunteer and help with registration, stewarding, making sambos, handing out refreshments etc.
Please do not hesitate to contact any of the following:
Martin O’Rourke  086 0471891,
Pat O Reilly 086 0261682,
Lynda Burke 086 8387784.
Jennie Vickers 086 4102785

Disability awareness sessions in schools


Bray Area Partnership are organising free Disability Awareness sessions for students in local schools during March and April.