Bray Area Partnership

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Dear <<First Name>>,

A warm welcome to our autumn newsletter. We wanted to reach out to you in these challenging times to let you know that we are still here for you and to tell you how we are continuing to provide our services and supports in the community during COVID-19.

You can see our very own Marty in the pic above on one of his many trips providing supports to people in the community as part of our Community Response to COVID-19.

Read on to find out more and check out our website to see what each of our individual services are offering at this time. 

Keep safe everybody and mind yourselves.

Warmest wishes,
Michelle, Editor

In This Issue:



We've adapted our services in recent times in line with COVID-19 restrictions - and are providing one-to-one supports and services to individuals and groups via phone or Zoom - check out to find out more.

We've also gone online with a range of workshops and courses - such as conversational English classes, Well-being programmes, Start Your Own Business bootcamps, Beginners Yoga, Introduction to Online Learning, Career Skills, parents groups and Motivational Interviewing training for staff working in local community groups.

Find out more about our current work here - where you can watch our COVID Community Response video about our recent work such as providing food parcels in the community and digital devices to help older people keep in touch with loved ones.

Our COVID-19 Information and Resources page provides information and links to local and national resources and supports across a range of subject areas.

Our Facebook and Twitter pages are sharing valuable information. Our Local Employment Service Facebook page provides regular updates on supports for people who are unemployed and current job vacancies. Our SPECS Bray Facebook page is providing information to support parents and families.

In addition, we manage the Disability Bray Facebook, Disability Bray Twitter, Wicklow Community Directory Facebook and Wicklow Community Directory Twitter accounts and update them regularly with relevant information on developments, supports and services during these difficult times. Please do tag us with anything you want us to share on these pages.

In response to COVID-19 restrictions, we created a series of fun videos for local schoolchildren to help them learn to cook nutritious food at home with their parents, and to teach them the basics of yoga and mindfulness - try them out with your children at home.

The videos are designed to be enjoyable and engaging and to support not only the children’s physical health, but also their mental health and well-being in these challenging times through learning relaxation and mindfulness techniques. 

We are beyond delighted that the new Wicklow Jigsaw service is set up and ready to go in Bray and will be providing a full service starting in the new year. Watch our Journey to Jigsaw video to find out how our Youth Mental Health Network brought the whole community together to work towards this brilliant outcome for the young people of County Wicklow.

Our ASPIRE Social Prescribing Programme supports people with their health and well-being by connecting them with a range of services and activities in their local community, based on availability, individual needs and preferences, and also offers participants online Well-being programmes.

ASPIRE is open to anyone from the Bray or Greystones areas who feels they need support with their health & well-being. The programme welcomes those who are struggling with the impact of current social distancing and limited social contact, would like to improve their emotional well-being, have a long-term health condition, are going through life changing events, or feel socially isolated or lonely.

Our SEED Project provides free training in setting up and running a Social Enterprise.

SEED stands for Social Enterprise Expansion and Development. The project aims to build a more vibrant and sustainable Social Enterprise sector and help groups build their capacity to trade successfully.

SEED is a collaboration between Bray Area Partnership and Southside Partnership and covers the Bray and Greystones Municipal District and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown areas. A Social Enterprise is a business that trades in order to provide goods and services in the community, tackle problems in society and address environmental issues. Profits generated from trading are reinvested back into the business or local community.

Examples of social enterprises could be a community café or shop, a recycling or upcycling project or a workshop creating products for sale – perhaps providing training or employment for marginalised groups.To find out more about social enterprises, explore an idea you may have or find out about the training and supports available, call Eithne Gunning on 01 286 8266.

Our Disability Network has been meeting via Zoom to network, collaborate and work on emerging issues for people with disabilities in the time of COVID. 

Recent issues raised by the network include the need for Changing Places facilities in our towns. 19th November was #WorldToiletDay and Changing Places Ireland are campaigning to change the Building Regulations to make it mandatory for public buildings to include Changing Places Toilet Facilities. 

The 'digital divide' and lack of community spaces large enough for social distancing for training and group activities have been highlighted by network members. Many people with disabilities are left isolated when they can't access services and supports in person but also don't have the equipment or skills to connect online or take part in online learning. 

The network is looking at how these issues can be addressed - including services and groups sharing their spaces and initiatives to support people with getting online.

Our Disability Bray website was completely re-designed earlier this year to make it more user-friendly, accessible and responsive on different platforms. 

Disability Bray is a community website with information and listings on all areas of disability, with a focus on Bray, Greystones and North Wicklow, but there's also lots of information relevant to the whole of Ireland.

Sections include Education & Training, Work, Getting Around, Housing, Health & Well-being, Recreation & Social, Supports & Services and Finance.

The site was set up in response to local need and is maintained and updated by Bray Area Partnership under our SICAP programme, with input from members of our BAP Disability Network

The Wicklow Community Directory is a not-for-profit community website. It lists community and voluntary organisations, clubs and agencies across the whole of County Wicklow - and the activities, services and supports they provide in your local community. 

With around 850 listings, it's the go-to place to find out what's on offer in communties across the Garden County. The site is designed to be user-friendly and accessible and you can search or browse under a range of different categories.

It's free to list and well worth doing - with around 29,000 unique individuals logging on every year. You have to be not-for-profit and operating in Co. Wicklow to be eligible to be listed. Click HERE to register and follow the instructions to create your profile and free listing.

The Wicklow Community Directory website is managed and administered by Bray Area Partnership, with funding from Wicklow County Council and staffing resources funded by our SICAP programme.

partnership Events & training

Switching off and being creative or learning something new can help our general well-being. Check out our free online Lockdown Creative Workshops starting soon, delivered as part of our SICAP programme. Certain criteria apply - clink the links to find out more. #keepwell 


Keeping active and being outdoors is important for our physical and mental health and well-being. If you fancy dusting off that bike in the shed, our free online Introduction to Bike Maintenance workshop on 3rd December will teach you how to maintain your own bike and keep it running smoothly and safely. 

The workshop is part of our SICAP programme and is delivered by the Rediscovery Centre, a project that aims to connect people, ideas and resources to support greener low-carbon living. Certain criteria apply - click the link above to find out more. #keepwell 

Our Fáilte Isteach conversational English classes are online! We're running group classes via Zoom on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings. Find out more about our Fáilte Isteach projects here and do get in touch if you want to sign up.

Our SPECS service is running a free online Parents Plus parenting programme for dads of children aged under six, starting on 7th December at 7pm for six weeks. Find out more here

See all of our Upcoming Events »

Funding Opportunities / resources

The Community Spirit Awards provide voluntary groups across the Greater Dublin Area (including North Wicklow) with support to develop new projects, grow services and help raise community spirit in their local community. Categories are: Children and Youth; Sport; People with Disabilities; Older People; Environment and Local Community; Education (eg alcohol, drugs, literacy, health). The deadline for receipt of applications is 21st December 2020.

The Hospital Saturday Fund gives partial or full grants to individuals for specialised mobility equipment, therapies, home adaptations and respite breaks. 

They do not accept applications from individuals. Individuals in need should contact a suitable organisation to make the application on your behalf. The next deadline for receipt of applications is 4th January 2021.

We know that the cost of attending college can sometimes be a big challenge for students and families on a low income.

To help with these costs, our Education Grants Scheme provides a small one-off grant towards college registration, course or exam fees for low income students enrolled on a further or higher education course. The closing date for applications is 27th November 2020.

Community News & events

Stand Up Awareness Week 

This week was Stand Up Awareness Week and BeLonG2 asked second-level schools, youth services, and Youthreach Centres in Ireland to join them and take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

The week is an opportunity for schools to look at how they can make them safe and supportive places for LGBTI+ students. One in five young LGBTI+ people face bullying, and 73% of young LGBTI+ students feel unsafe at school. They have lots of great resources on their Stand Up website page.

We’re having quite a year, and we all need a little help to get us through. Starting with a plan to do one small thing that will keep you keep well is a great way to look after your mental health and wellbeing.

We're delighted to be involved in the Healthy Wicklow Keep Well campaign. The gang at Wicklow County Council have created a great Keep Well webpage to support the campaign and a Healthy Wicklow Facebook page - check them out for tips on Eating Well, Keeping Active, Switching Off, Keeping in Contact and Managing Your Mood.

Ahead is holding an online college fair for students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties on Saturday 28th November from 10am-5pm. 

This event is ideal for adults returning to education or students with disabilities considering their post Leaving Cert educational options, parents and guidance counsellors.  You will be able to learn about college support services, making the most of your time in college and access routes open to those with disabilities and specific learning difficulties, including how to make an application to DARE-Disability Access Route to Education.

There will be information on Further Education and Training and Higher Education, live Q&As and a one-to-one free information service. Find out more and register HERE.

This year’s theme ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’ will focus on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, such as mental illness, chronic pain, brain injuries and learning difficulties, among many others.

Check out the Disability Federation of Ireland's website to find out about some of the easy ways you can get involved and show your support for the 643,100 people living with a disability in Ireland.


About Bray Area Partnership

We work to tackle disadvantage and social exclusion in the greater Bray and Greystones areas, increase equality of access to information, education, training and employment for marginalised people and groups, and empower local people and communities to have a say on issues that affect them, identify their own needs and make positive change in their own lives.

We provide a range of services and supports in the community. For more information, visit our website


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Contact us

Bray Area Partnership
First Floor, The Boulevard
Quinsborough Road
Bray, Co Wicklow.
A98 R6D7

T: 01 286 8266
F: 01 286 8700



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