Figurenotes – music teaching

Figurenotes is a method of teaching music whereby keys are colour-coded. The lay-out is very simple and easy to follow. It means more people with varying abilities have the opportunity to learn how to play popular tunes. In Sunbeam there are trained instructors who teach figurenotes. They also collaborate with other services in Ireland. It has proved very popular indeed.

Animal Care Course

As part of the OCR Animal Care course we have been researching working with animals. We visited Dulin Zoo where we met the Zoo keeper, toured the d.s.p.c.a in Dublin and w.s.p.c.a, Copsewood Avaries. We have carried out different work placements in animal establishments such as Bray pet Shop, D.C.B and a Cattery. We really enjoyed the experiences and learned …

Ladbrokes give a dig out

Ladbrokes betting shop in Arklow present a cheque for €600 to Sunbeam House (Hall Lodge). Brendan Carroll, member of staff in Sunbeam, approached local business Ladbrokes and told them about the Hall Lodge client holiday fund. They kindly did a sweepstake and a raffle on our behalf and raised a whopping €600. Without generosity like this it is hard to …


Irish TV animation includes Punky, a character with Down syndrome- The Evening Herald reports that a new children’s animated TV series in production includes as a main character, a little girl with Down syndrome: The new RTE series Punky, which will be aimed at pre-school children, features a six-year-old girl who lives with her family, and encounters daily adventures like …

Video Shoot

Pictured is Barry and Dan on location in Dublin city Centre filming for the upcoming video ‘Your Power, Your Vote’. The Sunbeam Service-Users Forum approached Sunbeam Media with the idea to make a short film encouraging people to vote and get involved in Politics. While travelling to the shoot, outside Leinster House, we came across a fine vehicle, a Morgan. …

Work Experience

Pictured is the Garden Team and the Managing Director, John Hannigan( 3rd from the right) getting some tips on how to keep his lawn nice and tidy. John spent a day with them doing what they do and getting to know the staff and service-users. It looks like Mark (furthest right) is sneaking off to lunch early!

Health and Safety First

Some members of staff complete their mandatory Fire extinguisher safety training in Bray yesterday. Photos:K.H.

Trip to Glendalough

Glendalough has to be one of the most beautiful places in Ireland if you ask me. Myles recently visited St. Kevins church on the Glendalough tour. Myles appeared particularly happy to be able to open the gate to the church. Photo:M.K.

What’s your New Years Resolution?

Friends In Deed will be featuring on East Coast radio at 9AM this Sunday, 16th, to discuss exciting volunteer opportunities for members of the community. The perfect time as everyone will be up by 9AM on Sunday morning.

Matthew’s success story with Weightwatchers

My success story I began going to Weight Watchers classes on Thursdays in the early evening @5.15pm. I began going about two or more years ago. My friend Donna helped me out and suggested for me to go. I wanted to lose weight and stay healthy. I wanted to lose 161/2 pounds. I wanted to do this myself. I feel …

‘Friends In Deed’ on Newstalk Radio

Some members of Friends In Deed will be featured on a radio show called ‘The Global Village’ on Newstalk 106FM. It’s a great way to get our message to the masses. It will be on air at 7pm on Saturday evening, January 22nd. Be sure to check it out.

Poem – ‘My Valentines dream’ by Stevie Browne

Two poems in one day! Stevie must have been inspired by Patrick’s poem in the earlier post. This is another Valentine’s themed effort. A talented bunch in Sunbeam. My Valentines dream by Stevie Browne My dream is to see a lovers dream come true With you and me With the sun shining bright The moon full at night Romantic music …

Poem – ‘Be Special Love’ by Patrick Power

BE SPECIAL LOVE by Patrick Power When you become my friend Then you become my wife You are my true love I love you I miss your smile I need your love I want to see you happy I am truly in love with you The power in my heart is special love It is all very special in my …

Friends In Deed – Call for Volunteers

Happy new year to you all! Friends In Deed, as you may know, is a be-friending service run by Sunbeam. The idea is to match volunteers in the community with service-users from Sunbeam who have similar interests to become friends. There are over 80 volunteers to date but the more the merrier. So, if you have a new years resolution …