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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals can borrow four packets at a time. Community groups can have more, depending on their size.
Jigsaw Wicklow can be contacted on 01 5240796 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disability action group
A community group of people with disabilities in the north Wicklow area is looking for more local people with disabilities to join.
The group is called Disability Action Together Group (DATG) North Wicklow.
DATG provides a space for people with a disability to network and have a strong voice in advocating for change on issues that affect them.
To get involved, email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01 286 7644.
Social Prescribing for Bray and North Wicklow is a free service that supports people with their health and well-being 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 well-being 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 for up to eight weeks as they engage with supports and activities.
Social Prescribing for Bray and North Wicklow is a Sláintecare Healthy Communities and Health Ireland funded project.
To sign up, go to brayareapartnership.ie or call 01 2868266.
The Creative Café is being run for four weeks by Social Prescribing for Bray and north Wicklow from Tuesday, May 17.
There will be a free workshop each week followed by a friendly cuppa in a relaxed atmosphere.
Creative Café kicks off with a fun and informal singing session with Dara McMahon. The remaining three sessions will be led by tutors from Signal Arts Centre.
Participants must be living in Bray or north Wicklow to take part and must book in advance. Call 01 286 8266 to find out more and book or see brayareapartnership.ie for more information.
IMPACT employment initiative provides supports for people with disabilities to secure work, advance their careers or become self-employed. Supports include mentoring, training, work placements and upskilling. IMPACT is open to people who live in Bray and North Wicklow aged 18 and over who are in receipt of a Disability Allowance. IMPACT was set up by a consortium of local groups led by Bray Area Partnership.
A free online career guidance workshop will be held on Thursday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Attendees will learn the best ways to search for jobs, how to identify a career that’s suitable for them and get a handy template to help them plan their career path.
The workshop is open to anybody aged 18 or over who is living in the Bray or North Wicklow Area and in receipt of a Disability Allowance.
To find out more or register for the workshop, call 01 963 3342 or email email@example.com.
Odd jobs service
CARA (Care and Repair Action) is a Bray Area Partnership service that carries out odd jobs for older and more vulnerable people living in Bray and North Wicklow. The idea is to support people to remain in their own home and live as independently as possible.
Jobs undertaken include cutting hedges and lawns, flower beds, minor carpentry, small paint jobs and installing smoke alarms. You only have to pay for materials used.
The team can be contacted at 01 286 6080 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purple House Cancer Support offers a range of services and supports to people dealing with a cancer diagnosis and their families.
These include support groups, classes, cancer rehab and physiotherapy and much more.
For more information, visit purplehouse.ie
Free conversational English lessons take place on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Enniskerry village.
The lessons aim to help participants improve their English and meet new people.
You must be 18 or older to attend.
For more information, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anu Wicklow is the outreach service of Bray Women’s Refuge and provides support and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence, their children and the community.
All of their services are confidential, entirely free of charge and run specifically for residents of Co Wicklow.
Anu holds one-to-one support clinics regularly in Greystones, which are available by appointment.
A Domestic Violence and Abuse Resource Pack has been developed, which contains information about the specific supports available in Wicklow.
For more information, contact 086 059 7560 or visit anuwicklow.ie.
Bray Women’s Refuge can be contacted 24/7 on 01 286 6163.
The Cliff Walk remains partially closed.
The council said it is safe to walk from Greystones as far as the barriers at the southern end. Directional signage has been put in place to facilitate walkers while the route is shut.
Walkers can walk from Bray as far as the Windgates steps where they can then take the alternative route or return along the Cliff Walk to Bray. Wicklow County Council advised that the Bray Head Looped Trail includes challenging and rough terrain.
The local authority added that co-operation and patience of the public is requested and appreciated during this temporary closure in the interests of health and safety.
The council is assessing the issue and pursuing solutions to the problem.
Bray’s libraries are open for borrowing, browsing and visiting.
They have 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.
Study spaces and PCs are available to book. Places can also be booked for weekly events including storytime sessions, arts and crafts lessons by contacting the library directly.
For branch opening hours and contact details, visit wicklow.ie.
Bray library will host the second in a series of online workshops for parents/caregivers on digital literacy and disinformation on Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.
The events will be facilitated by Dr Ricardo Castellini da Silva, a Media Literacy educator and a postdoctoral researcher.
To book, email email@example.com