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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or on our Facebook Page: Dignity Packs Ireland.
Monique Jolly and Bernie Mooney
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…
“ 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.
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.
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.
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!
Paul, Eimear, Killian and Tara from Bri Nua have recently completed a 5 week Healthy Food Made Easy Course with Nollaig Cruise Tutor from Wicklow Partnership. The course was devising but a dietitian in the HSE to promote healthy eating, to increase awareness of nutrition and learn new cooking skills to use going forward. Well done Guys!!