Support from MABS
Is the cost of living getting too much for you? Help is available.
MABS is offering Money Management talks to all local groups.
Please contact Bray MABS 0818 07 2250 to arrange a talk for your group.
The MABS Helpline is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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. See mabs.ie.
Open mic nights
El Troudadours Open Mic Nights are back in Butler & Barry Live on Wednesday nights from 9-11 p.m. All welcome. Host compere will be Tom Dalton and info can be gained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Harbour Ukuleles will perform at Bray bandstand on Sunday, August 14 and Sunday, September 11.
The Harbour Ukuleles play and jam in The Harbour Bar Bray every Tuesday at 8 p.m. and will have new Beginners Improvers courses starting soon.
If it is of interest to you, put your name down for one of the courses by emailing email@example.com for further information.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Christ Church Bray
During National Heritage Week 2022, Christ Church Bray will be open to visitors on Thursday, August 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday, August 19, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Thursday, August 18 at 11 a.m. there will be a guided tour of our stained glass windows (dating from 1860s to 1930s) and a talk on the history of the parish and town of Bray during those years.
Admission is free. All are welcome.
Further information is available at 01 2862968 or by emailing email@example.com.
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. to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The group is facilitated by local author, Carmen Cullen and we are always interested in new members.
If you think you might like to try out the group in September, please send your contact details to email@example.com or phone 01 2867644 and leave your name and phone number for Olwen and we will get back to you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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, call 01 2868266 or go to brayareapartnership.ie.
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 email@example.com.
Event at Greystones Library
To celebrate National Heritage Week, Greystones Library will host Brian White of Bray Cualann Historical Society on Thursday, August 18 at 7 p.m.
He will present footage of the Greystones Pipe Band and the Local Security Forces on parade in 1942.
For more details, see www.heritageweek.ie or call 087 3683515.