Perfect conditions were forecast for this Autumnal Day.
Dry with sunny spells – we were going to have a great day!
A group of 20 guys travelled to Mondello Park in Co. Kildare.
Mondello provides a tailored package based on the Early Drive programme for young people.
It gives our Service Users an opportunity to drive a car in a safe environment.
Each Client with the help from a driving Instructor enjoyed getting behind the wheel and driving several laps of the infamous track.
Of course it’s not just the driving experience that makes this a great day out but a visit to the museum to view some of the fastest,colorful and most aero dynamic cars in the racing business.
We all took part in a brake reaction test with Anthony surpassing the National Irish and UK average.
All Clients took part in a safety class and rules of the road session and the competition was fierce in the questions and answers session.
We had a great day and the general consensus was “ I’d love to do it again”
What an opportunity for both Dell and SHS to capitalize on social integration.
Each Client had a Dell buddy and enjoyed getting acquainted over coffee and scones before heading off the computer rooms.
This gave the Clients an opportunity to practice and learn some new skills.
Some learned how or set up email accounts and send emails, some googled, some did applications training, games and there were a few sneaky short cuts too. Not only was this skill based, but social interaction and fun was had by all involved.
A Big Thank You to our Dell Volunteers.
Take a look at these photos.
They were sent in by Lisa and her husband Stevie who visited Finland and Paris earlier this year and just wanted to share them with us.
They must have saved hard but it looks like it was worth it from the look on their faces.
The trip to Finland was spurred by Lisa’s cousin getting married. But the trip to Paris was to see the Eiffel Tower,Disneyland,the Louvre and the River Seine.
Something strange is going on in Bray. Faces are appearing on the walls at an alarming rate. It is all a bit of a mystery.
Apparently there are up to 48 casts of faces scattered around Bray and even in Templebar in Dublin. Casts of hands have been reported now too.
The race is on to find the faces and take photos as evidence. The person/unit who finds the most in the quickest time wins the competition.
First prize is a poster collage of all the faces found and also a small surprise!
Competition ends Friday 26th November. Eligible to members of Sunbeam House Services only.
As you know it is safety week in Sunbeam and every year there is a poster competition. Whoever designs the most creative or thoughtful poster which illustrates a good point about safety wins.
Elavon is a company that provides payment solutions for businesses. What is that? I hear you ask. Well, I don’t know but why not find out at www.elavon.com . Needless to say they are a great bunch of guys and 16 volunteers from Elavon in Arklow kindly gave their day to Glenvale on the 1st October. This was part of the National Volunteer day.
On the Friday morning we all packed up and set off for Avondale park, luckily missing all the rain, to enjoy a fun filled sunny day out. Everyone appeared to enjoy themselves and new friendships were formed between some of our service-users and the volunteers from Elavon. After various walks around the grounds we had a picnic lunch just outside of Avondale house while Elavon very kindly provided staff with lunch and drinks. After lunch we played ball games together and received bags, hats and T-Shirts from Elavon.
Elavon gave so much on the day and enjoyed every part. We are also working in the future months with Elavon to create more days out for the clients from Glenvale.
Very early on Saturday, September 11th Glen and his keyworker Jean left to join Glens band-mates from the Inbhear Mor marchers to go Athlone to participate in the All-Ireland and European Ranking Competition.
Lyn Kirby is a unit manager in Arklow who recently went to the Peruvian Amazon. She went as part of a medical team to look after the needs of the local villagers who are poor and don’t have a lot.
It cost Lyn a lot to volunteer; she had to buy her own tickets amongst other things. She is already saving to return there next year. I think you will agree she has a kind heart.
Lyn is deathly afraid of spiders so it was an astonishing feat that she touched a tarantula. The guys on board the boat told her it was dead but when they threw it into the water Lyn noticed it moving its legs and swimming!
Tune in the end of every month to check out the most watched Youtube videos. Videos are constantly ‘going viral’, meaning they spread like a virus. Here is your feed to the hottest clips online right now. This is Sunbeam News’ answer to ‘Casual Friday’.
Congratulations to staff member Eoin Buckley (CSW Applewood & 3A Vevay Rd) on his recent success in securing one of the three fellowship awards available for support staff working in the Intellectual Disability Sector in Ireland.
The fellowship awards come from the City University of New York and were negotiated for Ireland through the Skill Programme (www.skillproject.ie). The Skill Programme was established to enable opportunities for support staff in the health services to return to learning or upskill.
A total of 9 awards were made available – 3 for Intellectual Disability services, 3 for Acute Hospitals, 2 for Older People Services and 1 for Mental Health Services.
Eoin had to complete a formal application and interview process. In addition to a monetary award, the award also provides a mentoring programme.. This is a great achievement for Eoin and we wish him every success in his studies. Well Done!