“ 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!!
On Friday the 27th of November until 10th November four SHS artists have their work installed in Google’s reception in Grand Canal Dock as part of disability awareness week. Artist’s Tom, Emma, Nicola and Patrick’s vibrant, individual styles and mediums certainly advocate their talent exceptionally well to the 6,000 employees working in Google’s offices.
Thanks to Stephen Lehane who co-ordinated the exhibition within Google, the work was installed in a beautifully bright and accessible location which can also be viewed from the street. Tom, Emma, Nicola and Patrick went to Google to see their art work on Friday the 3rd of November. Stephen and Anna treated us to VIP treatment; a tour of the exhibition space, a free pizza lunch in the forest themed office and goodie bags for everyone.
At their opening Night Tuesday 26th september were particpating artist’s: Emma Reynolds, Mary Nolan, Emma Kinsella, Tom Lawler, Shirley Johnson, Martin O’Brien, Laura Cooper, Rachel Langrell, Nicola Riley.
Different Strokes exhibition showcased a group of talented artist’s who work with a unique approach to their chosen media which range from, painting in gouache, inks, embroidery, wet feltmaking, print and ceramics. This was an exhibition full of colour, texture and of course talent.
Bridgewater Staff and Clients enjoyed the Birthday Bash of Sunbeam’s 40th Year. The excitement was sizzling as we all celebrated in style with a lovely roast dinner at The Arklow Bay Hotel. We remembered 1977, some may not have been born at that stage and some chatted about their growing up from their childhood days. We sang a Happy Birthday to Sunbeam on its 40 Year anniversary with some cream sponge cake and cups of tea and coffee or a few pints for the lads too. It was nice to all be together as the clients have gone through many milestones with many changes happening down through the years. We put our feet up and relaxed on the day; clinking a few glasses, on autumnal celebrations for Sunbeam.
Recently we were contacted by two young research students from the School of Engineering research at TCD. Robbie Fryers and Talita Saad have invented an app to support people to travel independently. They wanted our help to trial and pilot the app. It consists of a smart phone and an e.watch. Family, carers etc can programme specific routes and directions to locations. The carer/family member can follow the progress of the wearer, whilst the wearer can follow the directions on the watch which vibrates when it is time to turn corners and cross roads etc. The invention is still being tweeked and updated but Talita and Robbie hope to get funding to mass produce the app.
Both Tomas and Neill are former students of TCD as they completed a two year course at the Irish Centre for Disability studies.
Tomas and Neill are extremely tech savvy and their input and feedback on this project was very useful for the researchers. They will be helping out on other aspects of the project in the future. This app will greatly benefit anyone who has difficulty with map reading orientation and navigating their way to specific places. Look out for the app it is called A Way to B which hopefully will be launched in the near future.