Bray Area Partnership

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Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2020! As we start a new year (and a new decade!) we want to thank each and every one of you who we have had the privilege to work with or provide services for in 2019 and we look forward very much to building on those relationships in 2020.

Read on to find out about what we've been up to since our last newsletter, our upcoming free training for individuals and community groups, and new initiatives such as our SEED project, which offers free training in setting up and running a social enterprise.   

Find out more about all our services at and do email me if you have comments or suggestions on the newsletter at

Warmest wishes,
Michelle, Editor

In This Issue:



The tenth One Book, One Community literacy initiative was launched at our Community Lunch in December – the chosen book for 2020 is Greta’s Story by Valentina Camerini, which tells the inspiring story of ‘the schoolgirl who went on strike to save the planet’...more

Members of our BAP Disability Network met with councillors at the end of 2019 to discuss issues for people with disabilities and present their Key Asks to improve the lives of people with disabilities living in the Bray and Greystones areas... more

We teamed up with Co. Wicklow PPN and Disability Federation of Ireland to run a Meet the Candidates General Election 2020 event in Cornerstone Church at the Well recently. Around 75 people from the local community turned out to talk to candidates about the issues that matter to them and find out what candidates would do about them if elected...more

A number of local enterprises - including Open Door Day Centre, Lakers Recreational and Social Club, and Warmer Homes - were awarded grants recently under the Small Capital Grants Scheme for social enterprises administered by Bray Area Partnership...more

Our Warmer Homes scheme can offer you free home insulation and energy efficiency works if you're a home owner on a low income living in Co. Wicklow and surrounding areas, and meet certain other criteria.  It’s easy to apply and services include attic insulation, cavity wall insulation, draught-proofing and more... find out here if you qualify! 

Spotlight On

Our new SEED Project will provide free training in setting up and running a Social Enterprise from February to June 2020.

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.


Upcoming training and Events

Our 10-week Creative Life Skills course started this week but there are still a few places for anybody who wants to join! Weekly classes on Tuesday morning from 9-11am in Ravenswell Primary School, Bray. Explore the creative arts skills of writing, video production and podcasting, take part in group work projects and learn how to refine your projects to find creative employment.

Our Goal-setting and Motivation workshop on 10th March 2020 will help you set goals in any area of your life and create a plan to make them a reality!

Our Apprenticeship and Clerical Officer Job Application Preparation workshop (whew!) will introduce you to the psychometric and aptitude tests, competency-based interviews and online assessments used by organisations if you're applying to be an apprentice, and by government departments and councils in recruiting for jobs like Clerical Officer - many private companies use them as well. Practise the tests on the day and also get access to online materials to continue practising at home. 

Our Fáilte Isteach conversational English classes for migrants take place in two venues in Bray and also in Kilcoole - the new term has started and new students are very welcome! 

If you're a community or voluntary group, and you want to increase your engagement with middle-aged men around mental health issues, our one-day Engaging Middle-aged Men in Mental Health and Well-being workshop may be of interest.

Bray Community Enterprise is running a Start Your Own Business Bootcamp on 24th March. If you are unemployed, on a social welfare or disability payment, or a lone parent and thinking about using your skills in self-employment, the bootcamp will help you determine if you are suited to self-employment and cover the basics of setting up and managing your own business. Topics include: goal-setting, market research, SWOT analysis, legal structures, taxation and record-keeping, time management, sales and selling skills and promoting your business. Contact BCE on 01 205 0111 to find out more and register.

We're currently recruiting for our next six-week Parents Plus Parenting Adolescents Programme (start date to be agreed) for parents and carers of adolescents aged 11-16 - covers getting to know and connecting with your teenager; positive and effective communication; building your teenager's self-esteem and confidence; negotiating rules and boundaries - and much more! "Since the programme I have succeeded in communicating more positively and avoid areas of conflict with my teenager" participant. Click on link for more information, qualifying criteria and contact details.

Our SPECS initiative has these free events and programmes coming up:

PEEP group for parents and 0-3-year-olds: in Oldcourt Family Resource Centre on Mondays from 12-1pm, starting on 9th March 2020. PEEP sessions share simple ways of supporting your child's learning and development in everyday life. You and your child can make friends, share ideas and have fun through singing, story and activities. 

6-week Parents Plus parenting programme for dads: in SPECS family centre in Bray, Wednesday evenings from 7-9.30pm, starting on Wednesday 26th February 2020. Learn about building your child's self-esteem and confidence, understanding their behaviour and emotions, how to connect with them and help them manage their emotions, managing anxieties around parenting, getting support and tips from other dads.

See all of our Upcoming Events »

Funding Opportunities / resources

The X-HALE Short Film Competition is an opportunity for youth groups to spread the word about the impact of smoking by creating a youth-led short-film. Deadline for applications for a grant to make a film is Thursday 5th March 2020. 

Youth Events programme through Irish for young people 3 to 18 years of age and Summer Camps scheme. Find out more here.

The Older Persons' Fund will support community based and national activities that promote older people as active citizens and build older people’s capacity and potential to take on roles in their community.  Deadline for receipt of applications is 12th March 2020.

Arts Grant Funding is available across all artforms and arts practice areas, and is open to organisations and individuals. Deadline for receipt of applications is 12th March 2020.

The Loreto Foundation Fund supports groups which are of benefit to, and improve the lives of, the most vulnerable in Irish society. Deadline for receipt of applications is 31st March 2020.

Community News

Free workshops from Carmichael Centre in association with local Volunteer Centres - the nearest to north Wicklow are:
1st April 2020 - 6-9pm: Carmelite Centre, Dublin 1 Tickets
2nd April 2020 - 10am-1pm: Dublin City Volunteer Centre, Dublin 2 Tickets

National Leaning Network Bray programme for young people whose anxiety is a barrier to their education - offers a major award at Level 4, strategies to manage stress and promote wellness and varied timetable.  To find out more ring 01 282 9643 for an appointment or drop in any Wednesday morning for a chat. 

Triple A Wicklow is running an Options for Adulthood 2020 Fair in the Whale Theatre on Friday, 24th April 2020, from 10am-4pm. Free event with display stands where you can find out about third level, residential and day service options on offer in Wicklow. 

Free Family Carers seven-week Caring With Confidence training for family carers. One morning a week, starting on 2nd March 2020, in Little Bray Family Resource Centre. Call Mary Fitzsimons on 01 675 5747 or 086 172 6175 to find out more and book.

Have your say on the HSE Corporate Plan for the next five years by completing this 10-minute online survey. Closing date for completion is this Monday, 17th February 2020.


About Bray Area Partnership

We work to tackle disadvantage and social exclusion in the Bray area, 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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