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Oct 29, 2010

Competition - Find the Faces

Something strange is going on in Bray. Faces are appearing on the walls at an alarming rate. It is all a bit of a mystery.

Apparently there are up to 48 casts of faces scattered around Bray and even in Templebar in Dublin. Casts of hands have been reported now too.

The race is on to find the faces and take photos as evidence. The person/unit who finds the most in the quickest time wins the competition.
First prize is a poster collage of all the faces found and also a small surprise!

Competition ends Friday 26th November. Eligible to members of Sunbeam House Services only.

Video of the Month -- October - The Specials

Check out this docu-soap starring a group of young people with learning disabilities who live together.

It recently won 2 Webby awards, no less, and is well worth a look. Better than Coronation Street, if you ask me!

This clip is the highlights from season one but to watch each episode look them up on Youtube.

Oct 27, 2010

Safety Poster Competition!

As you know it is safety week in Sunbeam and every year there is a poster competition. Whoever designs the most creative or thoughtful poster which illustrates a good point about safety wins.

There are lots of categories besides the posters such as safety quiz, word search and most active unit.

I won't divulge the winners just yet but take a look at some of the excellent entries in the photos above.

Well done Denise Commons our safety officer for running the competition and also to all who took part.

P.S. in an unusual departure from the poster format, the Garden Team entered a video which you can also see here.


Oct 22, 2010

Elavon come to Sunbeam

Elavon is a company that provides payment solutions for businesses. What is that? I hear you ask. Well, I don't know but why not find out at www.elavon.com . Needless to say they are a great bunch of guys and 16 volunteers from Elavon in Arklow kindly gave their day to Glenvale on the 1st October. This was part of the National Volunteer day.

On the Friday morning we all packed up and set off for Avondale park, luckily missing all the rain, to enjoy a fun filled sunny day out. Everyone appeared to enjoy themselves and new friendships were formed between some of our service-users and the volunteers from Elavon. After various walks around the grounds we had a picnic lunch just outside of Avondale house while Elavon very kindly provided staff with lunch and drinks. After lunch we played ball games together and received bags, hats and T-Shirts from Elavon.

Elavon gave so much on the day and enjoyed every part. We are also working in the future months with Elavon to create more days out for the clients from Glenvale.

Oct 19, 2010

Installation Art

Have you noticed any new faces hanging around the town of Bray lately?

A local artist has installed several pieces of art on the walls in various locations. They consist of a cast of a face which is then cemented on to a wall.

Bernie, Olga and Betty went on the hunt to find as many as they could:

"We saw the faces hanging on the walls of Bray up high. We think they were placed up high so as to be out of reach. They were hard to take photos of. Some of them appeared to be damaged like somebody took a hammer to them. We think people should put art up all the time especially in the Main Street car park as it would be nice and colourful. Hope you enjoy the pictures we took."

Seal-ly Good Cause

After visiting the Seal sanctuary some service-users from the Garden Team felt inspired to raise some funds for this worthy cause.

They visited the sanctuary many times in the past year or so and last year they decided to have a barbecue to raise Money for the seal sanctuary. This year they had another fund-raising BBQ and it was with great joy that they presented this cheque for €64 to the seal sanctuary.

They hope to volunteer as much help as they can and to continue to forge this link with the sanctuary.

Marching Band

Very early on Saturday, September 11th Glen and his keyworker Jean left to join Glens band-mates from the Inbhear Mor marchers to go Athlone to participate in the All-Ireland and European Ranking Competition.

Glen travelled on the bus with the band and enjoyed the interaction with the band leaders Oisin and Mary amongst others.

On arriving in Athlone Glen had a very busy afternoon practicing his music in preperation for the evening competition. It kicked off at 6pm and Glen kept a close eye on the other bands and he seemed really interested in the bands from Tllaght and Clonmel in particular. Glen, supported by Mary, led the Inbhear Mor Marchers onto the field and the group received a huge applause from the spectators once their piece was finished. Glen was delighted with the response from the crowd.

All Glens hard work and regular attendance at weekly practice had paid off and all that was left to do was to retire to the hotel and grab a well-earned ice-cream.

Oct 13, 2010

Culture Night 2010

Over 1,000 people attended Leinster House for Culture Night 2010. Entertainment was provided by 'Ireland Unlimited' the sensational all-female Barbershop Chorus. Our very own Ruth Corbett and Noeleen Chow are members of this group who have appeared in many competitions and on television.