Fashion Show

It was a great day down in Arus Lorcain in Arklow for the Fashion Show. A lot of hard work went into this very entertaining event.

Spain

Nicky, Fergal, Joe and Alan enjoying the sunshine on their jam packed holiday to Madrid. Including taking a tour of real Madrid stadium, the city bus tour, rowing around the lake in Retiro park and eating lots of Ice Cream and tasting the Spanish coffee

Happy Hearts

Eimear, Andrew, Paul, Rachel and Nicole all braved the elements last Friday the 11th of May to volunteer their time to raise much needed funds by selling Happy Heart badges on the main street of Arklow, as part of the annual Happy Hearts Appeal.

Dignity Packs Ireland TO Handover to DCB

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To whom it may concern,

Dignity Packs Ireland, started in 2016, is the brainchild of a young Bray girl, Molly Comish. The idea first came to Molly on Christmas Eve, 2015, when she was in Dublin and noticed how many homeless people there were on the streets. Molly decided to put a plan into action to help. She thought about what Dignity meant to her and the idea of the “Dignity Packs” was born (rugsacks filled with essential hygiene items).

Molly is now moving to Canada for some time and hoped that somebody locally could continue her good work. Dargle Community Base Service Users, staff and Molly’s Mum, Janice, have come together to continue this worthwhile project. This entails creating Dignity Packs for those who need them most. These packs will then be distributed by volunteers to the homeless community in Bray and further afield.

To start this process Moly would like to officially handover the project to DCB. A radio interview with the service users, staff and Molly will take place sometime this week on East Coast radio followed by newspaper articles in our local papers.

Following this we hope to keep you all informed of the progress of this amazing project. If you have any queries please contact Monique or Bernie at: dignitypacks@gmail.com or on our Facebook Page: Dignity Packs Ireland.

Kind Regards,

Monique Jolly and Bernie Mooney

@DignityPacksIreland

David Pitonyak Seminar at Sunbeam

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SHS collaborated with ST Margaret’s Donnybrook, St Josephs Stillorgan and Dara Services to  host a training event at the Taylor centre Bray for 120 participant’s with David Pitonyak on May 8th & 9th.

David has consulted with families & professionals throughout the United States Canada and Europe on positive approaches to difficult behaviours.

Members of SHS Board of Directors and the SHS Family Advocacy Group were also invited to attend the training.

The feedback from the training was that the course was inspirational and very motivating for all who attended. Further initiative’s to support positive support options will be developed within SHS as a follow on from this training.

You can find out more about David here…

http://www.dimagine.com/

5 Loaves Collection

Hi everyone,

Ashley is collecting for the 5 Loaves in Bray. If you have any goods to contribute you can leave them with Ashley in Eolas, SHS, Cedar Estate, Killarney Rd, Bray.

Knitting Group

These photos are of knitted items from a knitting group in Ballraine Training Centre.

The project is for Feileacain a charity that provides memory boxes for still births and to Premature baby units in Dublin maternity hospitals.

The knitters are Shirley, Mary, Roisin, Tara and Geraldine.

Bike to Work

tommy bike 1 tommy bike 1Tommy is a resident in one of our locations who learnt how to cycle a bike within a two week period. This was one of Tommy’s goals and he has successfully achieved his wish. Tommy is now cycling around town, five days a week!

Daytripping

We have been going on day trips every Thursday with Martin to some interesting places. These pictures are of some of the places we have been. We have had a meal each at the end of each trip. The same six crew go each week. The weather mostly has been good. I have written in my book the dates and where we went. Hopefully I’ll have a  list of 30-40 places by the end of the year!” James.

Lollipop Day

Here’s lollipop daya photo of Paul and Cathy from Bri Nua doing a collection recently for Lollipop Day. Over €700 was raised in Arklow on the day.

Newcastle Airfield Trip

Stephen, Fergal, Mark and David from The Garden Team took a trip to Newcastle Airfield where they were given a tour through all the planes. One of Stephen Rafters goals is to go on an airplane as part of this goal Stephen met Pilot Ken in the airfield who brought him on the simulator to take part in Pilot training. Everyone enjoyed the day and had teas and coffees with the staff from the airfield while they told stories about the planes.

Rebecca McAuley on EASTCOAST FM

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This is an audio file of Rebecca McAuley doing an interview on EASTCOAST FM on Sunday morning about getting her silver Gaisce and being the face of special Olympic 2018.

Fundraiser

All the service-users in the DCB did some fundraising ; Halloween party, art exhibition and a Christmas raffle and made money for “The Laura lynn Foundation” and “The Purple House” in Bray. They did a great job. They presented the €1000 cheque to them last Wednesday. Another €135.12 was raised for “The Purple House” in Bray also.

Xmas Musical Performance

We had an excellent musical performance yesterday in the Taylor Centre. The band were real pros playing some of the finest folk and Rock n’ Roll this side of the Dargle.

CD Launch

Earlier this week Tommy Breen our music teacher and his bunch of amazing musicians launched their CD in The Old Ship pub in Arklow. It was a packed house for the performances and awards ceremony. Well done guys!

Mrs Brown’s Boy

Martin attended the comedy show at the 3 Arena of “Good Mourning Mrs Brown” on Thursday 14th December after a nice meal in Dublin and some Christmas shopping.

The laughter was mighty and Martin said he is a big fan of Mrs Brown, delighted with the stage performance where he was rolling off his chair at the hilarious sketch on stage!

Garden Team at Xmas

The Garden Team are getting in the Christmas spirit, buying their tree to support the Laura Lynn foundation with a hot chocolate to warm up after! And everyone getting involved making the tree sparkle.

Chocolate Garden

On a recent outing to the Chocolate Garden of Ireland in Tullow, Grainne, Nicole, Keira and Emma, from Bri Nua, did a chocolate making workshop. They also samples some coffees, hot chocolates and of course some of the chocolates on offer.