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Little Bray Writers’ Group

The Little Bray Writers’ Group is open to people interested in creative writing and living in the Little Bray area.

The group is facilitated by local Bray writer Carmen Cullen and is open to those from beginners to more advanced scribblers. It runs every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Little Bray Family Resource centre, Ard Chualann, Fassaroe, Bray.

To register, or for further information, email olwen.lbfrc@gmail.com or phone 01 286 7644.

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Library

Ballywaltrim Library now has extended opening hours.

The library, on Boghall Road, Bray, will open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. including through lunchtime. Additionally, on Wednesdays it will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ballywaltrim library has a great collection of information resources available both onsite and online, and catering for all ages, including books, eBooks, audio books, magazines and newspapers, DVDs, CDs, online language learning and other courses.

The sensory space and sensory kits provide a relaxing experience for young visitors to the library. Study spaces and PCs are available to book. Places can also be booked for weekly Storytime sessions, Tummy Time and arts and crafts lessons by contacting the library directly.

More information on local libraries, including opening hours, are available at wicklow.ie.

Recycling centre

Bray recycling centre’s opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1.45 p.m.

People are asked to minimise their visits to the centre by waiting until they have a larger volume of waste, rather than frequent visits with small amounts of waste.

Compressing the waste will help ensure no extra storage is required. People are asked not to approach staff, and to put materials into bins themselves.

Staff will not be able to assist with carrying materials and will not take materials directly from members of the public.

Public entry may be stopped for a few minutes throughout the day for cleaning.

Cliff walk

The Cliff Walk remains partially closed.

It is safe to walk from Bray as far as the Windgates steps, but the Greystones side is extremely dangerous and access is closed in certain spots and sections.

The council is assessing the issue and pursuing solutions to the problem.

Bray Area Partnership

Bray Area Partnership is continuing to provide services in the local community during these difficult times – finding innovative ways to connect with people where meeting face to face is not possible for the time being – and is asking people to visit their website to find out what’s on offer at Brayareapartnership.ie.

The website also features a handy Covid-19 Information and Resources page, with information on local and national contacts and resources under a wide range of different subject headings.

For jobseekers, the Partnership’s Local Employment Service has a Jobs in the Window display of job vacancies outside its office at 86 Main Street, Bray, and posts a list of local job vacancies on the Partnership’s website every Friday.

Its Facebook page has regular posts on jobs and other opportunities.

Open mic

El Troubadours’ open mic has changed its schedule.

There will be live music, chat, ceoil agus craic live on Facebook on Friday nights from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., hosted by Tom Dalton.

The artists will be on Zoom and the whole event goes out on the El Troubadours’ Zoom.

For the link, call Tom Dalton on 087 2783342 or email tom@tomdalton.ie.

Tributes for the deceased

This newspaper offers tribute pieces to bereaved family members within the local community who have recently suffered the loss of a loved one.

The service is available free of charge, and will be completed in a manner that is sensitive to your own personal wishes and requests.

Please contact the journalist listed above if this is something that interests you or is something you would like to do to honour the memory of your loved one who has recently passed away.

Aspire project

Bray Area Partnership’s social prescribing well-being project, Aspire, is a free service that supports people with their health and wellbeing by connecting them up with services and activities in the community.

In these Covid-19 times, it can be difficult to stay connected to the local community and maintain wellbeing and positive mental health.

The team will initially chat to people over the phone or via Zoom about their needs and interests and then refer them on to services and supports that can help or link them into activities that will be right for them.

Through regular check-ins, the coordinator will support people over six to 10 weeks as they engage with these activities.

The free Aspire online programme also brings people together in small, supportive groups to connect and learn practical skills such as coping with stress, relaxation techniques and self-care during these challenging times.

Aspire is a Healthy Ireland and Sláintecare-funded project.

To sign up, go to Brayareapertnership.ie or call 01 2868266.

Meals on Wheels

Enniskerry and Kilmacanogue Meals on Wheels is inviting volunteer drivers to get in touch to offer their services.

Drivers who can give up two or three hours twice a month can contact Maoiliosa Kelly at 086 8322466.

The service delivers hot meals every Tuesday and Thursday to older people in their homes. It’s an opportunity to connect with the community and provide a hot meal and social contact to older people in the area.

Mental health programme

Grow community mental health programme is now taking place on Zoom each Tuesday evening from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

To register a place, call 086 6063184 or email clodagherasmus@grow.ie.

Jigsaw

Jigsaw Wicklow can be contacted on 01 5240796 or wicklow@jigsaw.ie.

The service is based in Bray and is for young people aged 12 to 25 who live, work or go to school in Wicklow.

Any young person going through a difficult time, or someone concerned about them, can get in touch.

Resources, articles and direct support are available on jigsawonline.ie.

Seed ark

A community ‘seed ark’ has been set up at Bray Library.

A seed ark is a collection of open, pollinated or heirloom seeds that is free for the community to use.

Gardeners who are members of Wicklow Library Service ‘borrow’ seeds from the library at planting time, and then at the end of the growing season, they save seeds from the plants to share with the library.

Individuals can borrow four packets at a time, community and school groups can borrow more. With a good stock of seeds from organic basil to cherry tomatoes, there is something for everyone.

To arrange to borrow seeds, send an email to bralib@wicklowcoco.ie.

Call for cadets

The Order of Malta ambulance corps in Bray is recruiting young members.

Cadets aged between 10 and 16 are invited to take part. They will learn first aid and make new friends in the organisation.

To get involved, email braycadets@orderofmalta.ie.

Irish Trefoil Guild

Former leaders of the Irish Girl Guides in Bray and the surrounding area are invited to join the Bray Trefoil Guild - Guiding for Life.

To join, send an email to Anne at braytrefoilguild@gmail.com.

The aims of Trefoil Guild are to keep alive the spirit of the Guide Promise and Law, to carry that spirit into the community and to give support to Guiding.

The Irish Trefoil Guild caters for past and present adult members of the Guiding movement. It provides friendship, activities and enjoyment for its members, and gives service and support for the local community and Irish Girl Guide Units.

Toastmasters

Bray Toastmasters meets every second Monday at 7.45 p.m. on Zoom.

Find the group on Facebook to sign up.

Small jobs service

Bray Area Partnership has launched a new job service for older and more vulnerable people living in Bray and North Wicklow.

CARA (Care and Repair Action) provides help with a variety of small jobs such as cutting hedges and lawns, flower beds, minor carpentry, small paint jobs and installing smoke alarms.
This service seeks to support older and vulnerable people to remain in their own home and live as independently as possible. They only have to pay for materials used – although donations are gratefully accepted. All staff are Garda-vetted.

The team can be contacted at 01 286 6080 or by emailing james@brayareapartnership.ie.


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