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.

Look what Ed made!

This image requires alt text, but the alt text is currently blank. Either add alt text or mark the image as decorative.Ed made this for Hill view house out of pallets and put everyone’s name on it. He finally got to plant it today .
Stay safe everyone thanks ED.

‘Powerscourt Waterfall’ – A poem by Stevie Browne

Its clear  water  runs strongly  down stream

Bringing  everyone’s hopes wishes and dreams
Its strong current  would get you  in a spin  don’t fight against it, its a race you cant win
Its beauty  is a wonder to see, it will capture your heart
It flows as calm as can be its something you will  want  to see
Its our highest  water fall  its worth the call
It brings tourists from near and far
You can spend quality time with family or friends or with the one you love it depends on you  its a dream come true
Stephen Browne