Hard-wired for Belonging

David Pitonyak on Belonging and how we are hardwired to behave in certain ways. Well worth a look.

Job Shadow on RTE

http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10139564/Here is a link to Aaron Richardson and his Jobcoach Kian from Westlife Rob Sheridan who appeared on RTE television on Tuesday morning to discuss Job Shadow Initiative Day. The link is on RTEplayer for approx. 3 weeks. Both of the guy look and sound great. Fair play to you lads.

Immersion Conference

The Sunbeam Team David Pitonyak Pat Fratangelo during her presentation The Federation of Voluntary Bodies has organised a coming together of Ireland’s disability services to discuss change and the future. Delegates from many services include staff, service-users and family members. It’s pretty fantastic so far. All the speakers have been inspiring, humorous and thought-provoking. Sunbeam Media has been asked by …


Here is a video from our friends at Kare, illustrating what they do. A different point of view.

Shaven and Dyed

Remember Paul Reynolds one of our transport staff?Well he raised over €3500 in the Shave or Dye campaign. Well done Paul, you’re a great man.

Connect With Respect

On Thursday April 11th group of clients from the Training Centre in SHS had a meeting about how to use the internet safely.  Jennie organised for 2 people, Maeve and Noel from Microsoft to come in and put on a slide show and spoke about all the different ways we use the internet and how to ‘connect with respect’.  It’s …

Photo Comp 2013 is Open!

Paul Roche’s entry last year Well, it is that time of year again folks. Photo Competition time! The theme for this year is ‘Photo’s that set you free‘. Go out and take the best photograph you can. Get out there with your camera and really use your imagination. It’s up to you. Details: •Open to both service-users and staff (and …

Photos That Set You Free

Wheelchair-bound 12-year-old with muscular dystrophy is set free with the creative help of a photographer friend who poses him on the ground and takes pictures from above…..see more. From Reddit.

Home Share Launched

The SHSHome Share Service supports people in the community to be a host to support an adult with an intellectual disability for short periods of time and include them in their own life. People can apply to participate in the service who are married, single, cohabiting or retired. There are no limits once they are willing and meet the assessment …

RTE Interview

Elev8 Hosts Aaron As you may know Aaron Richardson from the training services in Bray will be carrying out work experience in RTE alongside the production team  of 2 youth programmes on RTE2 – Eleve8 and 2tube. This is part of the Job Shadow day which is promoted by the IASE  – scheduled for Wednesday 24th of April. I would …

Important Meeting – Reminder

Dear friends, please see details of a Public Meeting with elected representatives. All are welcome.   Speak Up & Be Heard     Invitation to a Public Q &A Meeting for People with Disabilities & their Families with your Public Representatives Where: Arklow Bay Hotel When: Monday 15thApril Time: 8pm Chaired by Declan Meehan, East Coast FM This is a rare …

Lit up in Blue

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-22017001#?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter Landmarks have been lit up in blue in dozens of cities around the globe to mark World Autism Day​ on April 2nd. The BBC have a short video on it in the link above…

Calling All Employers

Job Shadow Initiative is just around the corner. If you’re an employer perhaps you would consider getting involved. It’s dead easy. Or if you are staff, perhaps you’d ask your employer could you participate and bring it to the attention of your employer. It is a very valuable day for all involved.

Big Egg Hunt

From February until Easter, Dublin became the venue for Big Egg Hunt. Some of our Service-users along with staff (Fiona, Jennie, & Lorraine) joined in on the action to locate a minimum of 20 eggs all over the City and surrounding areas to win the most interesting prize of a years supply of chocolate.  However as the weeks progressed the Service-users got …