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Drama entries

Last call for entries for the 67th Wicklow ICA Drama Festival, which will take place from January 20 to 22 in Glenealy Village Hall. This is an open festival with a One Act Section and a Short Play/Sketch Section.

For further details, call 087 9833935 or email hderoiste@gmail.com

Bereavement support

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As we approach the festive season, bereavement charity, Anam Cara, is making additions to their support services offered to bereaved parents. Every Thursday throughout November, it will hold a 30-minute webinar, free of charge. Each webinar will be facilitated by counsellor, educator and Chairwomen of the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network, Brid Carroll. The month of November is traditionally a time of remembrance so the extra supports

will be most welcomed. Anam Cara will also hold its fourteen Face-to-Face meetings throughout November across the country. For more information on the support services on offer by Anam Cara, please call 085 2888 888, email info@anamcara.ie or see www.anamcara.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. Bray Women’s Refuge also offers supports to the Greystones community including safety planning and court accompaniment. Their 24-7 helpline is 01 2866163. GFRC is located at 28 Burnaby Court and can be contacted on 01 255 7528.

Intervention training

The HSE provides free suicide intervention/prevention training in Wicklow as part of Ireland’s National Strategy to reduce suicide called Connecting for Life. If you use either link below you will find various training options available such as safeTALK, Asist and Understanding Self Harm. Please note all training is free and for over 18’s. For more information go to bookwhen.com/che or www.nosp.ie/training.

Disability action

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 with DATG, email lauraenglish@disability-federation.ie.

Camera Club

Greystones Camera Club (GCC) meets each Thursday evening at 8 p.m. at Hillside Evangelical Church, Hillside Road. Activities include outings, tabletop nights, studio sessions, speakers. The GCC Annual Exhibition is a highlight and takes place from December 6 to 10. The GCC is a welcoming and interesting club with lots of help and advice available to newcomers.

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

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.

Active Retirement

Active Retirement is open to retired people aged 50 and over. Engage in a range of activities, e.g. cultural pursuits, outdoor activities, learning programmes and sports. New members are always welcome. Email thegara@ireland.com or visit www.greystonesara.com.

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 at 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.

See mabs.ie.

Newcastle market

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, knitwear, 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 01 5240796 or wicklow@jigsaw.ie. Resources, articles and direct support are available on jigsawonline.ie.

Parkinsons Choir

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. to 1 p.m. 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.

IMPACT

This 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 9633342. You can also email orlabutler@brayareapartnership.ie or see brayareapartnership.ie.

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.

Refugee Council

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. Membership is open to anyone over 18 (€50). Find out more on greystonesgarden.ie.

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 our 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 us on 01 286 6080 or email whsce1@brayareapartnership.ie.


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