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Active retirement AGM

Greystones Active Retirement Association will hold its AGM on Thursday, September 29 at Kilian House Family Centre at 2.30 p.m. New members are always welcome.

Greystones rail disruption

Engineering works will take place between Dun Laoghaire and Wicklow on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25.

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Irish Rail says the necessary work will mean all train and DART services will be suspended in the county. Greystones, Kilcoole, Wicklow and Bray stations will be closed on the weekend dates. Level crossings will also be closed at certain times to allow for works, so plan for alternative routes where possible.

DART services will operate in Dublin between Dun Laoghaire and Malahide/Howth only. Rosslare Europort travellers can avail of bus transfers. More information can be found on irishrail.ie.

Kilcoole GAA VIP Reopening

Kilcoole GAA club has just finished improvement works to its grounds, just south of Kilcoole village. There is a new gym and the car park resurfaced. The club is officially marking the occasion and opening both on Saturday September 24. Galway star Shane Walsh will be the guest of honour. All are welcome.

Greystones Camera Club

Greystones Camera Club (GCC) meets each Thursday evening at 8 p.m. at Hillside Evangelical Church, Hillside Road. There is an exciting season ahead with outings, tabletop nights, studio sessions, speakers. The GCC Annual Exhibition is a highlight and it will take place from December 6 to 10.

A weekend away is planned for the Copper Coast, staying in Dungarvan as a base.

There will be plenty of opportunities in the area to shoot seascapes and landscapes on a very unique coastline. Dates for the trip are set for November 4 to 6. The GCC is a welcoming and interesting club with lots of help and advice available to newcomers. New people to Greystones are always welcome to come along.

Details from John McGowan at 086 0658505 or email crowabbey@hotmail.com

Wicklow Choir for People with Parkinsons

A fun singing group for People with Parkinsons, family, carers and friends meets every Monday morning in Ashford Community and Heritage Centre from 11.30 a.m.-1 p.m. Classes started again on Monday September 12 after our annual summer break.

Led by Musical Director, Dara MacMahon, the group sings popular songs with movement that can help relieve symptoms and strengthen voices. You don’t have to be a good singer – every voice counts and absolutely no singing experience is required.

Our doors are always open to new members, who will find new friends, lots of chat and great support.

If you are interested in finding out more, please call Dara MacMahon on 086 8146926. Or just come along any Monday morning.

Meals on Wheels

Greystones Meals on Wheels operates its service two days a week. The long-running service provides people with delicious and healthy meals delivered to their doors by friendly helpers.

Those who require the services can call 01 2877311. Volunteers are also invited to get in touch.

Market in Newcastle

North Wicklow Country Market, Wicklow’s longest running market with a 38-year history, is on every Saturday morning from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in the Community Centre, Newcastle. Produce sold is sourced locally by its members.

You can buy all sorts from bread, cakes, veg, eggs, jams and chutneys to flowers, plants, crafts, knitware, jewellery and greeting cards. Tea and coffee is available.

Jigsaw

Jigsaw wants to make sure that every young person’s mental health is valued and supported. Jigsaw is a service 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 015240796 or wicklow@jigsaw.ie.

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

Resource centre

Greystones Family Resource Centre (GFRC) Reaches Out would like to reach out to families who need that extra support. GFRC can link to the families themselves or put them in contact with organisations who help. The centre also has a focus on domestic violence and a new outreach clinic with Bray Women’s Refuge will be held once a month in Greystones FRC.

Additionally, Bray Women’s Refuge offers supports to the Greystones community including safety planning and court accompaniment. Their 24-7 helpline is 01 286 6163. GFRC is located at 28 Burnaby Court and can be contacted on 01 255 7528.

Cancer Support

Greystones Cancer Support offers a wide range of supports to people facing a cancer diagnosis and their families. For more information, contact info@greystonescancersupport.com or call 01 2871601.

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 MABS 0818 07 2250 to arrange a talk for your group. The MABS Helpline is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 8pm.

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. See mabs.ie.

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.

Anu Greystones

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.

Service for jobseekers

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 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.

For more details, call Orla Butler on 01 963 3342.

You can email orlabutler@brayareapartnership.ie or see brayareapartnership.ie.

Irish Refugee Council website

Useful information for Ukrainians who have come to Ireland is available in both English and Ukrainian on the website iamukrainian.ie.

Community Garden

The Greystones Kilcoole Community Garden is a 100 per cent volunteer operated club located in the Shoreline Leisure Greystones car park.

Membership is inclusive and a passion for gardening and a connection with the local community and people is central. This year the garden underwent a major renovation with the construction of numerous new raised beds for members to plant their veggies, herbs and flowers, organically. Many veg growers donate some of their crop to local charities.

Membership is open to anyone over 18 (€50). New gardeners or those simply seeking some tranquil surroundings can pop in to the garden anytime during daylight hours.

Find out more about this great space on greystonesgarden.ie.


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