Our services and Community Response under COVID-19
Working in line with COVID-19 restrictions we continue to provide supports across all our services, including some new community supports, and online training and workshops for individuals and groups (check out the Events & Training section in this newsletter). See www.brayareapartnership.ie to find out more about our services and supports at this time.
Providing information in the community
We provide information relevant to the needs of individuals and local community groups we work with through our SICAP Information Provision action and other programmes.
Our COVID-19 Information and Resources page provides information and links to local and national resources and supports across a range of subject areas - such as Community, Employment, Enterprise, Social Welfare, Finance, Housing, Health, Well-being & Mental Health, Disability, Education and Family Supports.
Websites and social media pages
Healthy Wicklow Keep Well campaign
In these challenging times, 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.
Check out our upcoming Community Resilience Creative Workshops to help you #keepwell, #switchoff and #get creative in the Events & Training section below.
Disability Bray website
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 and the site's Facebook and Twitter accounts are providing valuable information in these COVID times.
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.
Get listed on the Wicklow Community Directory!
In these challenging times, community groups and services across County Wicklow are rising to the challenge of continuing to provide vital services in their local communities. Now, more than ever, we see the importance of connected communities. Please do consider getting your free listing on this important community website - once logged on you can use the site to update your listing at any time with information on your activities in the time of COVID.
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.
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ASPIRE Social Prescribing Well-being Programme
Our ASPIRE Social Prescribing Programme supports people with their health and well-being by connecting them with services and activities in the community and providing online well-being programmes.
How it works is that a member of the team will chat to you on the phone or online about your current needs and interests and will then support you to connect up with relevant groups, activities and supports in the local community.
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. Find out more here.
The programme is funded by the Sláintecare Integration Fund and Healthy Ireland.
“They discussed my interests and suggested several novel, accessible and practical group activities and events; they listened to my social and financial concerns and directed me to the appropriate people - it helped me change the way I approach my life”. ASPIRE participant
Online Well-being programme: starts on 2nd March 2021
This free online Well-being Programme is designed to support ASPIRE clients to enhance their well-being and coping skills. Looking after our health and well-being is particularly important in the current situation of uncertainty, social distancing and limited social contact.
The programme takes place over four small group sessions and covers stress, coping, resilience and self-care in challenging times. Sessions are interactive and include an overview of the topic, reflective and relaxation practices and (optional) short discussions, plus useful links for home practice. Find out more HERE.
Walking group: register by 15th February 2021
Need support to get walking and keep walking? ASPIRE's new walking group gives you online support through regular online contact and walking group catch-ups - and you'll also get a free hi-viz vest or pedometer thrown in! Register by 15th February - find out more here. And if you miss joining this one, don't worry - there'll be another one along soon!
Partnership events & training
Community groups! Complete our short Training Needs Survey to let us know what kind of training we can provide you with this year.
All of our training is free of charge - certain qualifying criteria may apply - click on the links for each course to find out more...
Introduction to Online Skills: starts 12th February 2021
This six-week online course (one hour a week) will take you by the hand and teach you online tools and how you can use them in your everyday life - for example to email, shop online, make video calls, surf the web and work online. Still places available - go for it! Find out more HERE.
Career Skills workshops: starts 17th February 2021
Are you unemployed and looking to get that job you really want?
Check out our four-week Career Skills course (two hours a week)... you won't be bored, we promise! The workshops are very interactive with practical exercises and a one-to-one session just for you. Focus on your CV, application forms, online interview techniques, matching your skills to jobs and applying for jobs - and get that job! Find out more HERE.
Creative Writing course: starts 17th February 2021
This six-week online Creative Writing course (one hour a week), is a gentle and fun introduction to creative writing through a variety of exercises if you want to dip your toes in and try out writing or are coming back to writing after a long tlme. Find out more HERE.
Keeping in Touch With Your Customers
Free workshop from Bray Community Enterprise (BCE) for small businesses to help you engage more with your customers and grow your business. Priority given to BCE and Bray Area Partnership clients. Find out more HERE.
Barista Essentials training: 11th March 2021
One-day Barista Essentials course in Bray, with strict social distancing in place to keep you safe. Learn how to perfect your espresso and milk texturing techniques with the supervision of a professionally qualified barista trainer. On completion of your day's training you get access to an online course certified by the World Barista Institute. FInd out more HERE.
Parenting Adolescents programme
Six-week Parents Plus programme for parents and carers of 11-16-year-olds. Practical and solutions-focused. We've had brilliant feedback on this course in the past - why not call up for a chat to find out more and see if you think the programme is for you. We will set a date when we have the right number to start. "Since the programme I have succeeded in communicating more positively and avoid areas of conflict with my teenager." Find out more HERE.
Fáilte Isteach conversational English classes
We're running group classes via Zoom on Monday evenings and Thursday mornings. Find out more about our Fáilte Isteach project here and do get in touch if you want to sign up.
Community Resilience Programme
This programme of free online courses and workshops is designed to help you switch off and be creative and is part of the Wicklow County Council Community Resilience programme, with funding from Healthy Ireland / Sláintecare, the Community Resilience Fund and SICAP.
Story-telling and Local Folklore: starts 12th February 2021 (still a few places left!)
A relaxing and entertaining journey into the wonderful world of stories. Hear stories on themes close to all our hearts, share your own stories and join in a group chat. Still a few places left and if there is space you can join this six-week course after the first week.
Creative Waste Reuse workshop for children: 18th February 2021
This Rediscovery Centre workshop for children introduces the concept of waste reuse and includes a range of hands on arts and crafts activities reusing waste materials such as fabric, scrap paper and tetra packs. Eventbrite link to book.
Top Tips for Furniture Upcycling workshop: 25th February 2021
A workshop from the Rediscovery Centre that will demonstrate how to prepare your furniture for upcycling, painting techniques, varnishing and oiling. Eventbrite link to book.
SPECS family support project
Our SPECS service is running regular online workshops, info sessions and events for parents - such as parenting programmes and sessions on topics such as activities to do with your child and looking after your health and well-being before and after pregnancy. Follow their Facebook page for lots of brilliant parenting tips, stories and ideas...
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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 brayareapartnership.ie
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Bray Area Partnership
First Floor, The Boulevard
Bray, Co Wicklow.
T: 01 286 8266
F: 01 286 8700
The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.