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: trisha.forbes@qub.ac.uk

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

(Consultants)

Message to Families from the Chairperson

Dawn

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 dawn.leane@sunbeam.ie 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!
 
http://wicklowtimes.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Wicklow_Times_07_09_21.pdf

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.

Poem: Summer Breeze

One Summer early Morn

Birds were singing a lullaby song

Tweeting together in sweet Harmony

Walking together hand in hand

River flowing down the Stream

Hoping it’s not a dream

Both of us with a great big smile

Picnic packed just hope I stay on track

Little breeze blowing softly by

Meeting people saying hi

There’s not a cloud in the sky

Having Coffee and scones as a treat

It’s a thing you can’t beat

Getting to know each other’s habits likes and woes

One way to keep it flowing

Not wanting it to end

Starting of as just good friends

Each day as it comes

Wanting it to progress nice and slow

Praying I don’t blow it

That would be my perfect summer’s day

 

Stephen Browne

Mary Bardin – New Senior Services Manager

New Senior Manager (SSM) Mary Bardin visited Hillview in Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow.
 
CSM Des O Neill, staff and clients treated Mary to their homemade cake, sandwiches and a cuppa! They dressed the outside dinning table beautifully with a flower arrangement they created from flowers in bloom in Hillview’s beautifully maintained gardens.
 
Certainly a happy, contented and a proud bunch of people living in a beautiful home while enjoying the scenic and tranquil environment of the hills of Wicklow that they so deserve!

20km Sponsored Walk

walk

Hi all Thank you so much for sponsoring our 20k walk here in the Cube for Ash we raised 500 for the Animal rescue. We have continued our support by collecting essential needs for the rescue centre .I have enclosed a list of items they need if you can contribute in any we would be delighted we can collect any time.

Liverpool Plaque

Special delivery to Ciara Fagan by Siobhan Curran A beautiful handmade Liverpool Plaque made by the woodwork teacher Mick Skelton in Ballyraine Up Liverpool.

Special delivery to Ciara by Siobhan .A beautiful handmade Liverpool Plaque made by the woodwork teacher Mick in Ballyraine .Up Liverpool.

Viewpoint Statement on Social Media Story

viewpoint group

“Viewpoint was very disappointed to hear the negative story about Sunbeam in the media and want to say how much we are standing by all staff for their hard work during the virus and for their support in making sure everyone got vaccinated.  Viewpoint wants to remind people of all the positive stories during this past year – of keeping people safe, the stay-at-home stories about learning new skills like gardening and cooking, the videos made, the poems written and lots of other positive stories like our Social Distance Stickers and of course the Viewpoint song ‘We’re in this Together’.  We also want to say that our thoughts are with the families and friends of the people we lost during this difficult time.”