Bray Area Partnership

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Dear <<First Name>>,

A very warm welcome to our summer newsletter. We hope you are keeping well. 

We wanted to let you know how our services and supports are continuing in what are still challenging times and to tell you about our upcoming autumn 2021 programme of free training and workshops for individuals and community groups.

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

Keep safe everybody and mind yourselves.

Warmest wishes,
Michelle, Editor

In This Issue:


partnership update

Working in line with COVID-19 restrictions, we've continued to provide supports across all of our services - connecting with clients and community groups remotely through phone calls or individual online sessions.

Our workshops, training programmes and networking groups have continued apace - adapted to take place successfully online.  It's far from Zoom we were reared, but it certainly has become second nature. Thanks to all the wonderful individuals and groups who have taken this strange journey with us online.              

We're happy to say that our BIA food project is currently delivering around 50 food packages a week to 12 local organisations in Bray and Greystones for them to re-distribute to their clients who are in need of additional food support.

See to find out more about all our current services and supports.

Our COVID-19 Information and Resources page continues to provide information and links to local and national resources and supports across a range of subject areas - including links to translated and accessible format resources. Lots of great info in there, if we do say so ourselves.

Our Facebook and Twitter pages are also sharing valuable information. Our Local Employment Service Facebook page provides regular updates on supports for people who are unemployed and current job vacancies. Our Fáilte Isteach Facebook page provides useful information for people from new communities. Our SPECS Bray Facebook page is providing great information and resources to support parents and families in these times.

And would you believe it, we're finally on Instagram - give us a follow!

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 still challenging times. Please do give us an auld follow and tag us with anything you want us to share on these pages.

Check out our 2020 Annual Report for lots of interesting stories about our work during what was a truly challenging year for so many of the people and communities we serve. You can read 'stories' from the report here on ISSU.


Our new CARA Care and Repair 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 more vulnerable people living in the Bray and North Wicklow areas. Find out more HERE.

Spotlight On information websites

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 & Wellbeing, 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

Community groups and services across County Wicklow have been amazing in how they have responded to COVID and continued 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 community website - once logged on you can use the site to update your listing at any time with information on your activities as we emerge from 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 the 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

Our ASPIRE Social Prescribing service is collaborating with Signal Arts Centre to offer a free six-week online Beginners Smartphone Photography course to ASPIRE participants, starting on 8th September 2021.  Find out more HERE

Our online Fáilte Isteach conversational English classes for people from new communities are starting with a new term on Monday evening 20th September and Thursday morning 23rd September.  

Are you unemployed and looking to get that job you really want?
Check out our three-week Career Skills course (two hours a week)... you won't be bored, we promise! Focus on your CV, interview techniques, matching your skills to jobs and applying for jobs - and get that job! Find out more HERE

Start Your Own Business Bootcamp: 22nd September 2021

Have you ever thought about working for yourself? If you're thinking about identifying new opportunities and using your skills in self-employment, this free half-day online workshop will help you determine if you're suited to self-employment and teach you about setting up and managing your own business. Find out more HERE.

Six-week Yoga for Relaxation course starting on 23rd September - suitable for beginners, classes will take place in a studio for a maximum of 10 participants (in line with current COVID-19 restrictions) but will also be available to more people via a live online video class. Find out more HERE

Would you like to have the skills to help individuals you support in your service to move on and make positive change in their lives?

Does your group work with clients in a community or voluntary group with a social inclusion focus in the Bray or Greystones MD areas?

If so, check out our online practical four-week Introduction to Motivational Interviewing course, which gives a great base in Motivational Interviewing theory, skills and techniques. We had brilliant feedback on this training last time we ran it and places are limited... so we advise you book soon. More information HERE.

Have you ever considered your community initiative as a potential Social Enterprise? Would you like to find out more about Social Enterprises?

Social enterprises are businesses whose core objective is to achieve a social, societal, or environmental impact, with any surpluses reinvested back into that work. 

Join us for this free workshop on Social Enterprises and how to set one up - more information HERE.

On this practical three-hour course you will get the knowledge and skills to be able to perform manual handling tasks correctly and safely. COVID-19 safety procedures will apply on the day.

Manual Handling is the transporting or supporting of any load and includes lifting, putting down, pushing, carrying or moving a load that involves risk - particularly of back injury.

Having a Manual Handling certificate can be a help in getting work and is relative to a wide variety of jobs. Keep an eye on our Events page or call 01 286 8266 to find out when the next Manual Handling course date is set.

Practical four-week course starting at the end of September (final start date to be confirmed).
Contact Jennifer Jones on 01 286 8266 to find out more.

One-day Barista Essentials course in Bray, with COVID-19 safety measures in place. You'll spend one day learning how to perfect your espresso and milk texturing techniques under the supervision of a professionally qualified barista trainer. You'll then get access to an online course certified by the World Barista Institute and will receive a certificate on completion. FInd out more HERE

Three-hour online interactive workshop with discussions, tutorials and practical exercises. Suitable if you're looking to work handling and preparing food in a business or as a chef, kitchen staff or food handler.

Based on HACCP criteria in FSAI Guide to Food Safety Training at Level 1 (Stage I and II) - on completion you will understand these requirements under Irish food safety legislation and how to follow best food safety practice.  Find out more HERE

Our SPECS Early Years project has a range of free courses starting in September: including the Parents Plus Early Years parenting programme; Parenting When Separated; and Circle of Security - which helps parents build secure emotional bonds with their children. Contact SPECS for more information.

We will also be offering Parents Plus Parenting Adolescents workshops in our autumn training programme. "Since the programme I have succeeded in communicating more positively and avoid areas of conflict with my teenager." Parenting Adolescents course participant. Contact Jennifer Jones on 01 286 8266 or email for more information.

See all of our Upcoming Events »

Funding Opportunities / resources

The Arts Council has a range of funding schemes currently open for applications: find out more HERE.

Meet and Code invites local non-profits to apply for micro-grants to organise events that foster interest in and access to digital skills among young Europeans. Deadline: 8th September 2021. Find out more HERE.

The fund has three main pillars of focus: Suicide; Homelessness and Education Access and Support. Closing date: 1th October 2021. Find out more HERE.



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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