Bray Community Noticeboard
Purple House Cancer Support provides a range of professional support services to people of all ages. It has a wide range of classes and programmes available both in person and remotely through its Purple House at Home Service.
Programmes include Reflexology, Men’s Cancer Support Group, Knitting and Crochet, Breast Cancer Support Group, Acupuncture and Yoga. Purple House also runs support services for children and young adults affected by cancer, including art therapy, sensory and creative therapies, individual counselling, social outings, teenager meet-ups and arts and crafts classes.
For details, contact Purple House by email at email@example.com or see purplehouse.ie.
Helping the vulnerable
A group of people, together with members from Bray Christian Outreach, are in the Methodist Church Hall on Florence Road, Bray every Sunday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., serving a hot meal, tea, coffee, sleeping bags and toiletries (when available). to help protect the vulnerable in the Bray community.
Please spread the word.
Information for Ukrainians who have come to Ireland is available in English and Ukrainian on iamukrainian.ie
W.H. Five Loaves
Wicklow Homeless Five Loaves drop-in day centre on Main Street, Bray welcomes volunteers from all walks of life. Volunteers and their contributions are key to its success and without them it would not achieve its objectives.
W.H. Five Loaves promotes the participation of student volunteers and although it is only short term it can be a meaningful experience and provide them with the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the less well-off in our community. Wicklow Homeless Five Loaves believes that everyone has a talent to share, an ear to listen or a service to provide.
More information is available at whfiveloaves.com.
Cuala Bridge Club, Dargle Bridge Club and East Coast Bridge Club all play in The Open Door Daycare Centre on Vevay Road. Bray.
Bridge is played every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night at 7.30 p.m. The centre is wheelchair-friendly with plenty of parking available.
If anyone is interested in joining or would like further information about the clubs please ring or send a message to the following numbers Wednesday – Dargle BC, Michael at 087 9480151, Thursday – East Coast BC, Phil at 087 2718505 or Friday Cuala BC, Susan at 087 9485138.
Care and Repair service
CARA (Care and Repair Action) service carries out small jobs such as hedge and grass cutting, minor carpentry, small paint jobs, replacing light bulbs, installing smoke alarms and moving light furniture for older and vulnerable people living in the Bray and North Wicklow areas. The CARA staff will first carry out a home visit survey to assess the work that needs doing – all staff are Garda vetted and carry BAP ID cards. You only have to pay for the materials used, although we also gratefully accept voluntary donations.
Call CARA on 01 286 6080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bray Active Retirement holds monthly meetings on the first Friday of the month in the Little Flower Hall at 10.30 a.m. Membership is open to retired men and women 50 years and over.
The association offers a range of activities, including holidays, creative activities, learning programmes and sporting pursuits and afternoon tea dances, in various locations.
Membership details available at the Good Neighbour Mornings, Little Flower Hall, Holy Redeemer Parish, first Friday of the month 10.30 a.m. (September to June).
See www.activeirl.ie or email: email@example.com or call 086 404 4232.
Bray Men’s Shed is always open to new members. The group meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the mornings from around 10 a.m.
To find out more, pop along to its new location on Kilmantain Place. If you can’t get there in person, email the group on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
MABS is offering Money Management talks to all local groups. Please contact Bray MABS on 0818 07 2250. 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. MABS has offices at 2 The Boulevard, Quinsboro Road, Bray. See mabs.ie.
The Open Door Day Centre operates Monday to Friday on Vevay Road, Bray. Open Door provides facilities and activities for adults with physical disabilities as a result of multiple sclerosis, stroke, motor neurone disease, spina bifida, road accidents and others. The purpose-built centre offers easy access to the various activities within the building. The centre also provides carers and their families with a well-deserved break during the week.
For further information, call 01 286 7123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See www.opendoor.ie.
Lakers supports adults and children with intellectual disabilities. Lakers runs over 60 activities a week for its 400 members. Its centre is open six days a week and is supported by over 160 volunteers. Volunteers are encouraged to take part in training opportunities within Lakers, Special Olympics Ireland and various sports bodies.
If you would like to volunteer, call Andrew at 01 2022694 or email email@example.com.
Please note, all training is free and for over 18’s.
For more details, go to bookwhen.com/che or www.nosp.ie/training.
Anu Wicklow is the outreach service of Bray Women’s Refuge. Anu provides support and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence, their children, and the community.
Anu says: “We offer support to empower you to make informed and rational decisions about what’s best for you, your children and your future.”
All of its services are confidential, entirely free of charge and run specifically for residents of County Wicklow.
Bray Women’s Refuge can be contacted 24/7 on 01 2866163.
The HSE provides free suicide intervention/prevention training in Wicklow as part of Ireland’s national strategy to reduce suicide called Connecting for Life.
Bray Choral Society
Musical Director Frank Kelly invites you to a marvellous night of international sounds and spirit as Bray Choral Society performs Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo on Sunday, May 28, in Holy Redeemer Church.
Spanish classes have returned at Woodbrook College and welcome any new parents who might be interested in learning some Spanish in a fun and informal setting. If you would like to come along, please get in touch on 085 2576155.
Parents’ fitness group classes take place every Tuesday morning in Ravenswell Primary School Bray at 9.30 a.m. All are welcome to come along and take part.
Argentine Tango Social Dancing takes place at Bray Bowl on Saturday May 27 at 6.00pm. This is a special day, with Flor de Milonga dropping in as part of their 28th European tour. Please note the following times:
6 p.m. beginners’ tango class; 7 p.m. intermediates/advanced tango class.8 to 11.30 p.m. Flor de Milonga, with Duo Ranas live music from 9.30 p.m.
Contact Gerry at 089 4793636 or Lucia on 089 406 6198.
Founded in 1996, Bray Arts is a long-running forum for arts practitioners and anyone with an interest in the arts. Meetings take place on the first Monday of every month at the Martello.
The monthly Arts evenings give visual artists, writers and performance artists in all categories an opportunity to present their particular artistic work or performance in an appreciative and encouraging environment.
Apply the ancient practice and benefits of grounding and connecting with native trees at Festina Lente, Wednesday, May 24. Activities include woodland reflective walk, mindfulness, breathing, aromatherapy.
Creative tree inspired crafting to empower and decorate your home: tree of Life ladder, Willow Dream catchers and Birch garlands. Use and application of Bach Flower/Tree Remedies and refreshments are included. Tickets are priced €20. For more details, see festinalente.ie.