ommon Ground, Bray’s ‘Frost Fair’, will take place on Sunday, November 20 from 2-6 p.m. in the Common Ground building at Beverley Studios, after a two-year hiatus.
There will be lots of festive, homemade, quirky and ethical things to buy, delicious food, seasonal crafts and music. But above all, lovely people and old friends to catch up with, and new ones to bond with.
The HSE offers free suicide intervention and prevention training in Wicklow as part of Ireland’s national suicide reduction strategy called Connecting for Life.
If you use one of the links below, you will find various training options available such as safeTALK, Asist and Understanding Self Harm. Please note that all training is free and reserved for those over 18 years old.
For more information visit bookwhen.com/che or www.nosp.ie/training.
Wicklow Choir for people with Parkinson’s disease
A fun singing group for people with Parkinson’s, family, carers and friends meets every Monday morning at the Ashford Community and Heritage Center from 11.30am to 1pm.
Led by musical director, Dara MacMahon, the group sings popular songs with moves that can help relieve symptoms and strengthen vocals. You don’t have to be a good singer – every voice counts and no singing experience is required.
To find out more, call Dara MacMahon on 086 8146926. Or just drop by any Monday morning.
Maintenance and repair service
The CARA (Care and Repair Action) service carries out small jobs such as cutting hedges and grass, small carpentry, small painting jobs, replacing light bulbs, installing smoke detectors and moving lightweight furniture for the elderly and vulnerable living in the Bray and North Wicklow areas. .
CARA staff will first carry out a home survey to assess the work to be done – all our staff are checked by Garda and carry BAP ID cards.
You only have to pay for the materials used, although we also gratefully accept voluntary donations. Call us on 01 286 6080 or email [email protected]
Irish Refugee Council
Information for Ukrainians coming to Ireland is available in English and Ukrainian at iamukrainian.ie.
The Bray Sanctuary Runners meet every Saturday for running and walking groups at 11.30am outside the Esplanade Hotel, Bray.
The Sanctuary Runners enable Irish residents to run and walk alongside and in solidarity with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, promoting friendship, positivity and respect.
For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/sanctuaryrunnersbray or email [email protected]
Every Wednesday evening there is an Open Mic party from 8.30pm in the reception hall of Butler and Barry, Strand Road, Bray. All artists and guests are welcome. The host animator is Tom Dalton.
For further details please contact Tom on 087 2783342 or [email protected]
Purple House Cancer Support
Purple House provides a range of professional support services for people of all ages affected by cancer in Ireland.
Founded in 1990, Purple House was the first community cancer support center in Ireland and today runs a range of support services from Purple House at 2 Duncairn Terrace, Quinsborough Road, Bray.
Professional services offered include counselling, complementary therapies, bereavement counselling, services for children and young adults including creative arts and individual support, CLIMB program for children, camps and workshops for children.
There are also health awareness programs, citizen information councils, Flood Cloud meal distribution, hospital transport, Purple House Choir, yoga and mindfulness classes, health awareness campaigns CheckMeOut.ie aimed at people aged 18-30 and over.
For a full list of services visit www.purplehouse.ie.
five loaves homeless wicklow
The drop-in drop-in center on Main Street Bray welcomes volunteers from all walks of life.
Volunteers and their contributions are key to our success and without them we would not achieve our goals.
WH Five Loaves encourages the involvement of student volunteers and although it is only for the short term, it can be a meaningful experience and give them the opportunity to make a positive contribution to those less fortunate in our community.
Wicklow Homeless Five Loaves believes that everyone has a talent to share, an ear to listen to or a service to render.
More information is available at whfiveloaves.com.
The cost of living is getting too expensive for you? Help is available. MABS offers money management lectures to all local groups. Please contact Bray MABS on 0818 07 2250 to arrange a conference for your group. The MABS helpline is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. South Leinster
The Financial Counseling and Budgeting Service (MABS) is the state’s financial counseling service, guiding people through their debts and helping them manage their money.
They have offices at 2 The Boulevard, Quinsboro Road, Bray.
Anu Wicklow is Bray Women’s Refuge’s outreach service and provides support and advocacy to victims of domestic violence, their children and the community. “We offer support to empower you to make informed and rational decisions about what is best for you, your children and your future. We’ll help you figure out what’s best for you. We will continue to support you on your journey to a safer and happier life.
Anu’s team is highly trained and has extensive experience in supporting victims of domestic violence and abuse.
All of its services are confidential, completely free, and run specifically for residents of County Wicklow. Bray Women’s Refuge can be contacted 24/7 on 01 2866163.
Bray-based Jigsaw Wicklow wants to ensure that every young person’s mental health is valued and supported. Jigsaw is a team of supporters, professionals and volunteers passionate about supporting youth mental health. Jigsaw is for anyone aged 12-25 going through a tough time – or anyone who cares.
Contact 01 5240796. Resources, articles and live support are available at jigsawonline.ie.
The Open Door Day Center operates Monday through Friday, providing facilities and activities for adults with physical disabilities as a result of multiple sclerosis, stroke, motor neurone disease, spina bifida , traffic accidents and others.
The purpose-built center provides easy access to the various activities within the building. The center also offers caregivers and their families a well-deserved break during the week. For more information call 01 286 7123 or email [email protected]
See www.opendoor.ie. Open Door Day Center is located on Vevay Road, Bray.
Bray Toastmasters is a local public speaking club that gives members the opportunity to learn communication and leadership skills.
The club meets the first and third Tuesday of the month (September-June). 8 p.m. for 8:15 p.m. departure, Open Day Center, Route de Vevay, Bray.
For more information, email [email protected] or check out his Facebook page.
Remembrance for bereaved parents
As the festive season approaches, bereavement charity Anam Cara is supplementing its support services for bereaved parents. November is traditionally the time of remembrance. Every Thursday in November, they will host a free 30-minute webinar. Each webinar will be moderated by Irish Childhood Bereavement Network counsellor, educator and chair, Brid Carroll.
Anam Cara will also hold its fourteen face-to-face meetings throughout the month across the country.
On Monday, November 21, their Wicklow meeting will take place at the Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy at 7:15 p.m. All bereaved parents in the region are welcome, regardless of the age of their child or the circumstances of their death. There is no need to register, just arrive in the evening at 7:15 p.m.
For more information on the support services offered by Anam Cara, please call 085 2888 888, email [email protected] or visit www.anamcara.ie.