Nov 29, 2010
Pictured in front of the GPO in O'Connell street, Dublin are Myles, Timmy, Paul, Anthony, Simon and Michael. 3A and the Garden Team joining forces to go on the Dublin City bike tour. A great time was had by all. What a way to see the city.
Nov 26, 2010
Twice a year the Sunbeam Times is produced. It is a newspaper all about what's going down in Sunbeam with the service-users and staff and much more besides. There's a committee who work very hard to gather the information and assemble it all together in time to go to press.
Nov 24, 2010
Nov 23, 2010
Thanks to all who voted for us. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to win but it was fun to take part.
Some of the guys recently went to Festina Lente to view an exhibition of photography and were given a tour of the grounds.
"Last Friday, 19th Nov. 2010, I went to see a show called 'The Girl Who Forgot To Sing Badly' in the Mermaid Arts Centre.
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Nov 18, 2010
Nov 12, 2010
Every year Cathy makes an enormous effort to collect gifts for the under-privileged. Not every kid gets presents at Christmas. Cathy knows this and so organizes a massive collection of toys and various gifts that people for one reason or another don't want. The gifts are then placed in old shoe-boxes and sent to their destination.
Nov 9, 2010
Click here to vote for Sunbeam in the Better Together video competition. Voting closed on Nov. 15th.
This is one of the most surprising and awesome tales ever told in the history of medicine. These twins are Tatiana and Krista Hogan. Their brains and sensory systems are networked together, but they have separate personalities. Their story defies belief.
So much, in fact, that Tatiana and Krista Hogan shouldn't be alive at all. Their chances of surviving the pregnancy, birth and first months of life were almost zero. Surprisingly, they turned four on October 25, and they are still healthy and happy, as you can see in the photo above.
They play Nintendo Wii games against each other, they fight for toys and they share food and physiological functions. But they also share their senses. For example, one can pick an object out of her field of view, while the twin looks at the object.
Most importantly, however, they can share each other thoughts, like their grandmother—Louise McKay—describes:
They share thoughts, too. Nobody will be saying anything, and Tati will just pipe up and say, ‘Stop that!' And she'll smack her sister.
Read the full article and video at http://gizmodo.com/5682758/the-fascinating-story-of-the-twins-who-share-brains-thoughts-and-senses
Nov 8, 2010
Nov 5, 2010
Perfect conditions were forecast for this Autumnal Day.
Dry with sunny spells – we were going to have a great day!
A group of 20 guys travelled to Mondello Park in Co. Kildare.
Mondello provides a tailored package based on the Early Drive programme for young people.
It gives our Service Users an opportunity to drive a car in a safe environment.
Each Client with the help from a driving Instructor enjoyed getting behind the wheel and driving several laps of the infamous track.
Of course it’s not just the driving experience that makes this a great day out but a visit to the museum to view some of the fastest,colorful and most aero dynamic cars in the racing business.
We all took part in a brake reaction test with Anthony surpassing the National Irish and UK average.
All Clients took part in a safety class and rules of the road session and the competition was fierce in the questions and answers session.
We had a great day and the general consensus was “ I’d love to do it again”
Nov 2, 2010
What an opportunity for both Dell and SHS to capitalize on social integration.
Each Client had a Dell buddy and enjoyed getting acquainted over coffee and scones before heading off the computer rooms.
This gave the Clients an opportunity to practice and learn some new skills.
Some learned how or set up email accounts and send emails, some googled, some did applications training, games and there were a few sneaky short cuts too. Not only was this skill based, but social interaction and fun was had by all involved.
A Big Thank You to our Dell Volunteers.
Take a look at these photos.
They were sent in by Lisa and her husband Stevie who visited Finland and Paris earlier this year and just wanted to share them with us.
They must have saved hard but it looks like it was worth it from the look on their faces.
The trip to Finland was spurred by Lisa's cousin getting married. But the trip to Paris was to see the Eiffel Tower,Disneyland,the Louvre and the River Seine.
Nov 1, 2010
It is amazing what surfaces from time to time.
Here’s a photo of some of our job-coaches goofing around during the filming of the RTE programme, Nationwide.
The programme focused on a few of our service-users in their job roles and on Connect Employment who support them.
Thanks Kevin for the photo.