3 SHS staff graduated from Open Training College with BA degrees and attended the Graduation ceremony in the RDS Dublin on Saturday 12th November.

Congratulations Niamh O’Neill, Rebecca Kavanagh & Simon Bouchier.

Niamh O Neill – BA in Applied Management Human Services

Rebecca Kavanagh & Simon Bouchier – BA in Social Care

It should also be noted that Simon achieved Student of the Year also from the Social Care group.
Well done guys!

Happy Culture Night 2022

Happy Culture Night everyone.
Here is a video showcasing just some of the culture and arts of Sunbeam House Services.Have a great night!

Congratulation to Willy and Betty

It took Willy longer than most to get around to “popping the question” and he did so in style in Hillview on Valentine’s day this year. In true customary fashion Willy went down on one knee and proposed, and of course she said yes.

Carers-ID Research Project – Queens University Belfast

We invite you to take part in a project about the impact of the pandemic on you as a carer.

We would like you to be part of a group discussion about this. The findings will be used to create a programme to help carers of loved ones with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

If you would like to register for this project or want more information please contact Dr Trisha Forbes email:

Save the Date

18th October 2021


Dear Families,


As you are probably aware an open meeting was held on the 16th September in the Glenview, which was attended by over 30 family members, SHS Chairperson, Board representatives from the Family Advocacy Group and the CEO, and facilitated by ourselves in Ómra.


The purpose of this meeting was to discuss how the connection between families and Sunbeam could be strengthened and how a better partnership could be put in place between the two.


Based on the feedback received, there was, of course, a mix of views in relation to how the meeting went but, on the whole, it was regarded as positive and that it is essential to continue on this journey for the benefit of all. There is a willingness and a desire to continue the dialogue and for families and Sunbeam to find ways to communicate more.


In response to the many questions and issues raised on the night, a document is being prepared by members of management in Sunbeam and this will be sent on to you in advance of the next meeting. 


It is intended to hold a follow-on meeting on Wednesday the 17th November at 7.00 p.m. in the Glenview


The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss and agree how the voice of families can be effectively represented by the family representative group but also through more local or specific support groups e.g. respite, residential, employment, new families.  There will be a further opportunity for some general questions and discussion although the emphasis will be on how communication between Sunbeam and family members can be strengthened in a more structured way.


Please keep a note of this date.  A reminder, further details and the responses from the first meeting will follow closer to the time. 


Kind regards



_____________________                              _________________________

Catherine McIntyre                                         Tina Tully


Message to Families from the Chairperson


6th October 2021

Dear Families,

The SHS Board wishes to establish a Strategy Working Group which would report to the Board. The purpose of the working group is to assist the Board in the preparation of the SHS Strategy Statement for consideration and approval by the Board along with its implementation in the coming years. The Board believes that the families of SHS Clients and Clients should be part of the working group.

The Board welcomes expressions of interest from family representatives who would like to be involved in the Strategy Working Group. Family and Clients provide a unique perspective in terms of the lived experience which is an important component in the development of our strategy. To participate and collaborate in the working group, representatives should have previous experience in strategic planning and implementation. The wider composition of the working group will include representatives from the SHS Board and the Senior Management Team.

The work of the strategy working group will start in October. Meetings will be held in person and virtually and will be in the afternoons and evenings. It is likely that meetings will be held monthly over the coming months.

If you are interested in participating, please email by Friday 15th October 2021 outlining:

1. Why you wish to be considered and what you hope to bring to the working group

2. An outline of experience in strategic planning and implementation

The Board Nominations Committee will run a selection process to fill any working group positions in line with our corporate governance requirements.

Yours sincerely,

Dawn Leane,

Chair of Sunbeam House Services

Galway bay

As I went strolling around Galway Bay Birds singing

Sweetly Sun shining Wind slightly blowing the cobwebs away

Looking at the love of my life being at peace with life

The bay has a loving feeling to keep you rocking and reeling

With time on your hands when you’re walking the Bay it’s all in hand

Eyre Square its one big fair Salt Hill will give you a thrill

It’s a sight to see you will definitely agree

Connemara is a place you won’t want to miss

A sea cruse around the bay ah sure it’s the only way

Good food great craic it will bring you back

-Stephen Browne-

Back in the Community

Great to be back in our local Community Center in Fassaroe for Snooker , Table Tennis and a chat with the locals!

Wicklow Times Article, September 2021

Hi Everyone,
Sunbeam have another great article in the Wicklow Times this week! Our article is on page 5.
Thank you to all our clients in Links, for sharing your story and photos, we love to read these uplifting stories!

A day in the life of residents at SHS, Rosanna Gardens Residential service, Wicklow!

SHS Senior Manager Mary Bardin dropped by to say hello to residents and staff yesterday at the wonderful SHS Rosanna Gardens Residential service in Wicklow. 
Resident Madge had a chat with Mary. She said her favourite things about Rosanna Gardens is she gets to go out into the community (preferably Greystones) and the staff at Rosanna Gardens are so kind and nice. She loves the beautiful gardens and the private spaces she can go to at Rosanna gardens as she likes to have a cigarette and relax when she wishes. Madge asked could her photo be put into SHS Magazine as she always wanted to be in it!
Pic: Marie Muhall DCSM Rosanna Gardens, Resident Madge and Senior Manager Mary Bardin. 
Resident Fintan arrived home to Rosanna Gardens after having a massage in Arklow. He was joined by Social Care Worker Courtney O Neill who drove Fintan to and from his therapy. Fintan said he felt so relaxed after his massage and was looking forward to now having a cuppa and chilling at his home 😎
Resident Mary was enjoying working out her exercise bike while chatting to her Daycare Instructor Cara.
Fantastic person centred care, super fun and a great variety of therapeutic activities chosen by the residents and facilitated by professional, proud and dedicated staff members at Rosanna Gardens. Thank you 👏

Happy Birthday Jackie

Big congratulations to Jackie on her Birthday and her cat Seymore. She got Beautiful flowers from the Manager and staff of  Suaimhneas.

Wet Paint!

Alan and Rebecca painting Alan’s house .(Self-Directed Supports South) Arklow.