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Jun 28, 2010

Neighbours Day

No!, not the famous Australian soap opera but the European Neighbours Day 2010.

Here is what two unit managers had to say about it...

"On the 28th of May 2010 Ros Mhuire hosted their first European Neighbours day. We put on a big spread of buns, biscuits, tea and coffee. Some neighbours came in for a cuppa and a chat. Neighbours day is not a well known event yet, but we hope to put it on the map."

"We had one visitor from the factory and around 8 parents. The service-users really enjoyed the evening and the parents were very happy to see each other as they do not generally get to meet. Parents also enjoyed meeting the staff and putting a name to the messages left in the communication book.

We gave out the Sunbeam Times and unit brochures and had a general chat about activities in the future. The gentleman who came over from the factory was very interested in what we do here and had a chat with some of the parents and met the service-users.

I think that moving on from here we will set up an evening get together for the parents and service-users and this will allow everyone to meet up and discuss various items over a cup of tea."

Jun 16, 2010


Well done to all our athletes that took part in the Olympics in Limerick last week. The events took place between 9th-13th June. We had 20 athletes representing Sunbeam in three disciplines including 5-a-side football, table tennis and athletics. They came back with ten gold, five silver, six bronze and six ribbons.

Pictured above is Ian with Packie Bonner lending his support to the event.

Jun 10, 2010

Miriam Murphy elected as Mayor of Arklow

Congratulations to Miriam Murphy from Arklow. Miriam was elected as an independent representative to the Arklow Urban Town Council just over one year ago. The outgoing
mayor nominated her to replace him and the remaining 8 Council members elected her. Miriam will be wearing the heavy chains of office as she represents the Town Council at a variety of events during the next year.

Jun 4, 2010

Olympic Athlete brings flame to Ballyraine

Congratulations to Paul Kenny, an Olympic athlete, who was the torch-bearer as the Olympic flame was brought to Ballyraine. The sun beat down on what was a beautiful day for the celebratory ceremony. More photos to follow shortly.

Jun 3, 2010

Disability Awareness workshops for community groups

The service users and staff at Eolas have put together a Disability Awareness Programme to be delivered to local and community groups.
The aims of the programme are:
• To raise awareness of disability issues in the wider population.
• To promote integration for people with I D
• To counteract some of the negative myths and misunderstandings surrounding people with disabilities .

The service users put a lot of work and thought into the programme. They came up with issues relating to their daily lives which they believed should be addressed including ….
• Access issues for physically disabled people and the concept of universal design.
• Harassment in the community and how to deal with it.
• Discrimination in areas such as employment ,education and relationships.

The format of the programme involves services users delivering a power point presentation on the positive aspects of their lives highlighting their achievements, goals and ambitions for the future. This is followed by a video made by Sunbeam Media focusing the ethos and activities of SHS and the supports it provides to service users. Finally the service users and their support staff will address an open question and answer session .

To date the group have delivered the programme to the staff and students of Wicklow VEC, leaving cert applied students from Kilcoole and a group of Wicklow County Councillors’

Feedback from all concerned has been extremely positive. Community groups have commented on how educational and interesting it was to meet and get to know the service users. Where as the service users who devised and delivered the programme said they gained confidence and skills from making the presentation.
We have now been asked to do a piece for East Coast Radio on the same themes.
In the future we hope to continue to deliver the programme to young people in schools and colleges and any other interested groups in the community.

Jun 2, 2010

Photo Competition on Display

The photo competition entries have all been mounted and hung in Bray Library on Eglinton Road. I have to say they look fantastic. Special thanks to Greg at 'The Art of Framing' for doing such a good job.
Also, thanks must go to our sponsors;

Hollands Fine Wines

Bray Cabs

Dickers Electrical

Liz-Ann's coffee shop

Thanks, also, to Michael Noone, Ruth Doran and Denise Brennan for donating prizes and thanks to Bray Library for giving us the public space to display our photos.