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Nov 30, 2011

Video: CQL and Friends

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At the recent CQL and Friends meeting in SHS, George Knaggs gave a talk.

One of our intrepid young reporters took this footage of his speech.
Well done Ashley.

Nov 28, 2011

New Wave of Transport

Joe Tallon tests a new prototype of Sunbeam transport. You could cause yourself a mischief on one of those.

Nov 22, 2011

National Advocacy Conference - Galway 2011





Myself (Sam O Connor), Georgina Alexander, Stephen Browne and Paul Downes represented Sunbeam House Services at the National Advocacy Conference at the Radisson Blu hotel Galway City.

It was a packed agenda with topics including: Independent Living, Relationships, education/ college, new directions in day services and moving to community settings. The conference really opened my eyes about people and their disabilities including myself but then who does not have a disability in this world in one form or other. The conference was a positive experience.

There was a lot of talk about the individuals opinions and their right to say yes or no. At the end of the day it is the individuals right to make their own decisions. Some individuals may need support in making some decisions that’s where the keyworker and family comes in. Don’t put words or thoughts in our minds as we may feel uncomfortable and pressurised into making the wrong decisions. The speakers explained that we will have more power to make our own decisions in the future.

It was inspiring to see what some people had achieved in their lives despite the challenges of their disability.

Sam O Connor

Four Nations Games

Ger Flynn had a great achievement on winning gold in Four nations - Irish games in Badminton, November 19th, also silver for Derek Kelly.

Well done guys!

Nov 21, 2011

DCB Learn all about Diet and Food


The guys pictured are participating in a healthy eating and nutrition / cooking course with Deirdre Walsh, Senior Community Dietician with the HSE.

Nov 18, 2011

Happy 50th Helen



Helen is from Ros Mhuire and she celebrated her big day in the Arklow Bay on Saturday, 5th November, together with lots of her friends and family.

Nov 17, 2011

Great Balls of Fire!!

On Sunday night Ann Walker (from BRI canteen) performed in a “Strictly Come Dancing” competition for charity held in the Arklow Bay. Ann was up against stiff competition from 13 other couples. Ann and her partner, Robert Donnelly, who works in Arklow Post Office, took to the dance floor and wowed the audience. They even got a standing ovation. The judges gave positive feedback and all awarded 10 out of 10. Then it was the audience turn to vote…..Ann and Rob won the competition….as well as €500 for their nominated charity, Arklow Vikings Special Olympics Club.

A great night was had by clients and staff and we will be back next year. Well done Ann, some hip action!!

Nov 15, 2011

Garden Team Update - Oct-Nov






This is just a quick hello from the garden team.

Up to our eyes as usual,we had the networking party for halloween, with some great costumes. We have been to mondello with a big group from SHS. We also recently did a mask making course and identified some budding painters. We are currently working on Christmas cards ( so keep an eye on your pigeon holes). Until our next post, take care and buy a pair of snow-boots.

Farewell,
The Garden Team.

Trinity College Graduates



Yesterday was a key day in the NIID calendar as we celebrated the graduation of students on the Certificate in Contemporary Living. The evening began with a Reception in the Long Room Hub attended by graduates, family members, friends and colleagues.

During the reception John Power, NIID Graduate, was awarded the inaugural Margaret McLoughlin Art Prize for achievement in art. The prize was established by a generous gift from the McLoughlin family and was presented to John by Mrs Joan McLoughlin. Following the reception, students, family members and friends proceeded to the Public Theatre for the Graduation Ceremony.
The day has been captured in some wonderful photographs which you can view on our website HERE.

Nov 14, 2011

Video: The White Stripes with Signing


Popular rock and roll outfit, The White Stripes have one of their hits re-made with sign language.
Nice vid.

Nov 10, 2011

Shoebox Appeal


Tune in to east coast Fm tomorrow morning between 10.45- 12.30. Cathy Macken from Arklow will be having a short interview slot in the morning about her charity work for the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal here in SHS.

Cathy has organised this for the past three years so well done to her.


The final number is in and 105 shoeboxes have been collected!


Marina Fitzgerald.

Nov 9, 2011

Picture This International Film Festival


Picture This is an International Film Festival for artists with disabilities.

Sunbeam Media has been given an honourable mention in the Education category for our video, 'Your Power, Your Vote' which was also featured on TV3 earlier in the year.

Congratulations to all those involved.

Nov 8, 2011

VIDEO: Goals and Dreams


This latest video from Sunbeam Media deals with the Goals and Dreams in peoples lives.

In the video, Tasha is wrestling with the problem of not knowing what to do in her life. Her friend, Aaron, comes along and helps her figure it out.

The aim of this video was, in part, to display the various goals achieved by some of our service-users but, moreover, to encourage people to think outside the box when choosing what to do in their lives.

GT Pay a Visit to the Kerlin Gallery


Bernie, Robert, David and Ross paid a visit to the Kerlin Gallery to see the Sean Scully exhibition recently.
And the verdict? "A stroke of genius"!

The Garden Team.

Nov 7, 2011

Craft Fair, Arklow.

Arklow Visual Arts would like to invite you to Sunbeam House Services and Ballyraine Christmas craft fair.

Opening evening is on the 28th November.
Venue is the Art Gallery, Main St. Arklow.
5PM - 7PM.

Refreshments and cake served. The more the merrier!