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Luisne Centre open day

The Luísne Centre for Spirituality and Well Being, Egan Centre, Bray invites the public to an open day on Saturday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Callers can visit the meditation and therapy rooms, meet tutors, therapists and volunteers and learn about a wide range of courses, therapy sessions, meditation and other activities.

In the build-up, therapists and tutors are offering complimentary sessions. For details, please visit www.luisne.ie or call 086 0517575.

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MABS

South Leinster Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) is the State’s money advice service, guiding people through dealing with debt and support with money management.

They have offices at 2 The Boulevard, Quinsboro Road, Bray.

To contact MABS Bray, call 0818 07 2250 for an appointment or email bray@mabs.ie. Alternatively, visit mabs.ie.

The MABS Helpline is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on 0818 07 2000.

Jigsaw

Jigsaw Wicklow 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 on 01 5240796 or wicklow@jigsaw.ie.

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

Little Bray Writers Group

Members of the Little Bray Writers Group currently have an exhibition running in Bray Dart Station on the walls of Platform 1. The theme is ‘Food for Thought’ and covers a wide range of topics. Why not have a look the next time you are there. We hope you enjoy reading these pieces.

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 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.

For details, email olwen.lbfrc@gmail.com or phone 01 286 7644.

CLIMB programme

Purple House Cancer Support in Bray has opened registration for its upcoming six-week CLIMB programme for children who have a parent with a cancer diagnosis. The next programme will start on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 from 3.30 p.m.-4.30 p.m. in Purple House Cancer Support Centre in Bray.

CLIMB stands for Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery. According to Purple House, it is an enjoyable, sharing, interactive experience and a time for children to come together to deal with their feelings.

The programme will be delivered by trained CLIMB facilitators in Purple House in Bray, Co Wicklow.

Throughout the programme, the children will develop an understanding of cancer and from this understanding the myths and fears that children can hold about cancer will be dispelled.

The programme is creative, using drama, arts and play. The sessions are also based on having fun together and meeting new friends. Another aim of the programme is to help children cope with the dramatic changes they are witnessing and experiencing in the home

To book a place, contact Purple House on 01 2866966, visit purplehouse.ie or email info@purplehouse.ie.

Free hockey programme

Bray Hockey Club is running a free four-week ‘Pick up a Stick’ training programme from Wednesday, July 6 to Wednesday, July 27 for both men and women who are interested in getting back to hockey or just trying it out.

The series will run for four weeks and will be led by one of Bray Hockey Club’s coaches, Sara Quill and Fiona Weldon.

Hockey is a brilliant way to keep fit, meet new people, and you will be made very welcome.

This programme is open to all individuals trying hockey for the first time or hoping to get back into the sport in a fun and friendly environment.
All you need is a pair of trainers and comfy clothes; the club will provide a stick.

To register for this programme at Loreto Bray Hockey Club, which will run from 8.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. on Wednesdays, see https://tinyurl.com/brayhcpickupastick. For any questions, email bray.hockey@gmail.com.

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 lauraenglish@disability-federation.ie.

Support

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 County 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.

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 james@brayareapartnership.ie.

Library

The local libraries are open for browsing and borrowing.

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.

For opening hours, see wicklow.ie.

Cliff walk

The Cliff Walk between Bray and Greystones 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.

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.

Social Prescribing

Social Prescribing for Bray and North Wicklow is a free service that supports people with their health and wel-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 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 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.

Square One Theatre

Square One Theatre Group thanked all those who supported the fundraising drive to cover the costs of the film of 5 Minute Monologues.

Rehearsals for the group’s November production of an Arthur Miller classic will resume shortly. New members are always welcome to get involved.

Prospective members must be over 18 and can get involved on stage, or in a variety of roles backstage.

The annual membership fee is €40. For more details, email squareonebray@gmail.com.


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