Lockdown by Stevie Browne

Lock down here we go cases rising strong and fast its like the script of a movie cast

I pray to God in Heaven it doesn’t last keep my family and friends in your loving grasp

Staying at home to be safe and sound it will help others all around

A month or two its entirely up to you stay safe stay sound its better than being 6 feet in the ground.

Being at home can be fun catch up with your kids and your hunny bun

so wash your hands and wear your mask after all its a simple task

we will see each other when times get better I hope you like my little letter

Stephen Browne

Very Kind Donation

Marrakesh Construction and Demolition Waste Management and Recycling Sand, Gravel and Stone Contractor, KILMURRAY, BRAY, Co. WICKLOW made a very generous Christmas donation of 1000 euro to Eolas, which is an intellectual disability day service within Sunbeam House Services. These funds will go a long way to provide supports and resources to services users in Eolas.
Photo of Peter Lawlor handing over a cheque for 1000 euro to his Eolas key worker Paulina Gardiejow.

Steps in their Shoes

stepClients from Bridgewater took part in the recent Newstalk “Step in Their Shoes” campaign from the 21st – 27th September raising money for Concern. The idea of the campaign was to walk Ten Thousand steps each day for seven days which all the clients completed. The clients monitored their steps on their step counters and raised €568 for concern in the process.

Happy Birthday Shirley

Here is a photo of Shirley from Redcross.  She celebrated her birthday today in Ballyraine. ( Never ask a lady her age!) Shirley was delighted with the cake we made for her.  She is one of the people who has come in to use Sunbeam’s services from way back in the early days when Ballyraine was first established.   Shirley is still buzzing around the place keeping everyone in check. Happy Birthday Shirley from everyone in Ballyraine.

Stevie’s Lockdown Poem

Another six long weeks lockdown nowhere open nowhere to go hope time doesn’t go to slow

Keeping brain and body active not getting fat and unattractive

washing hands wearing masks staying two meters apart

5 kilometers ain’t that far to go for a run, a jog or a drive in the car I would much rather be

sitting having a drink in a bar

Not seeing family or friends till it finally ends

With godspeed grace and cheer hopefully it will be a better time next year

Stephen Browne

Bri Nua Coffee Morning

Photos of a socially distanced coffee morning in Bri Nua which Andrew Banak organised for Wicklow Hospice.
Well done Andrew!

Poem: ‘Losses and Changes’ (the impact of the Virus) by Stevie

Residential services have been hit with a bang they can’t meet up with their gang

Being told they have to stay put it’s all in a rut

Not going out and about

Not knowing what it’s all about

Not seen friendly faces or going to the usual places

It’s being Able to chose if You don’t want to loose contact – that could be a big fact

Chilling in doing what you do

or going out to have a stew

Keeping safe and sound is only right and proper

Hopefully it does not come a cropper!


by Stephen, Chairperson of Viewpoint



Distancing Stickers

You may know that Viewpoint made some Social Distance Stickers to support clients upon the reopening of services.  There has been some delay getting the stickers distributed to locations but Viewpoint is assured that all services will have them by next week.  Here is a photo of the sticker which Ed (vice chair) has sent in from his home in Hillview with everyone socially distanced and wearing the stickers.  In the photo left to right is Aengus, Willie, Des and Ed. Viewpoint wants to encourage everyone to wear the stickers to follow public health guidance and stay safe and well.

Musical video from the Outreach Programme South

This is a little musical video from the Outreach Programme South, (Tracey, Sally ,Mat, Trish, Larry, Marie, Catherine Rebecca and Anne Kavanagh) that the service users and families of the south outreach programme poured their hearts and hard work into.  Thank you all for all your support in having a great outreach programme which brought along a lot of learning, communication, fun and growth.


Post Covid-19 Planning

planning covid

Recently received documents from the HSE around resumption of Adult Disability Services – Framework for the Resumption of Adult Disability Day Services and Reshaping of Disability Services for 2020 and Beyond, have been most informative and very useful to us. Sunbeam had already begun its planning for post Covid-19 services.

We have started reconfiguring our structures – where services are delivered from, who and how they will be delivered and what amount of services are possible given the distancing requirements we will be required to adhere to. Our team of professionals have stepped up to the immediate challenges imposed since March of this year and they are once again stepping up to the plate for the new reality of post Covid-19 life in residential, day and respite services.

Our clients are central to all our thoughts and we are working hard to ensure they will receive the best supports we can deliver in best way we can.

Thank you to all our valued clients, supporters, staff, HSE and HIQA, it really is very much appreciated.


Banana Bread Recipe with follow Along Videos from Polly

Watch the 2 videos and try it for yourself!

Recipe underneath.

Banana Bread Recipe


Mixer or hand mixer alternatively a bowl and wooden spoon

Standard loaf tin

Greaseproof paper



140g softened butter

140g caster sugar

140g self raising flour

1tsp baking powder

2 large eggs, beaten.

2 ripe bananas, mashed

50g icing sugar

Chopped walnuts / dried banana chips.



· Preheat the oven to 180C fan or gas mark 4

· Grease and line a loaf tin

· Cream the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy

· Slowly add the eggs to the bowl. Add a spoon of the flour if the mixture starts to separate.

· Fold in the remaining flour, baking powder and the bananas.

· Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

· Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out on to a wire rack and leave until completely cool.

· Mix the icing sugar with 2-3tsp of water to make a runny icing.

· Drizzle the icing across the top of the cake and add walnuts/banana chips.