David Pitonyak Seminar at Sunbeam


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…


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!


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


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.


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.

Healthy Food Made Easy Course

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!!

Art Exhibition in Google Dublin 2017

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.

Different Strokes Exhibition

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.