Bray Area Partnership

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Dear <<First Name>>,

A very warm welcome to our winter 2021 newsletter and we hope you are well. 

We wanted to let you know how our services and supports are continuing in what are still challenging times and tell you a bit about what we have been up to lately - including some new BAP initiatives such as our IMPACT employment initiative for people with disabilities, our CARA care and repair service for older people and our SEED Regeneration social enterprise support project. Read on below to find out more!

You can also check out our website to see what each of our individual services is offering at this time. 

Finally we want to wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Until we see you all again in 2022, keep safe and warm everybody and mind yourselves.

Warmest wishes,
Michelle, Editor

In This Issue:


Partnership Update

We're continuing through these still uncertain times to provide services and supports to individuals and community groups, mostly connecting with people through phone calls, individual online sessions and Zoom.

Our workshops, training programmes and networking groups have continued - adapted to take place successfully online.               

Our BIA food project continues to deliver food every week to local individuals and families - and community groups in Bray and Greystones for them to re-distribute to people who are in need of additional food support. Our Christmas food appeal in Tesco gave a great boost to the amount of food we have to share in the lead-up to Christmas. 

Our SPECS service again this year has been overwhelmed by the generosity of people in local businesses and the local community who have donated over €1000 to support families in need at this time of year. We appreciate all the effort and it will go a long way in making Christmas better for families struggling this year.

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 that may be of use, given that it seems we are not out of the woods just yet.

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. Our new Instagram page is making great connections with many of you in the community!

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 a follow and tag us with anything you want us to share on these pages.

We were delighted to welcome Minister of Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, to our SPECS Bray Family Centre recently to learn more about some of our Healthy Ireland funded projects and meet the people involved on the ground.

The minister chatted to parents and children involved in some of the projects and learned about the exciting work made possible in the local community with this funding -  including a new resource booklet to support the mental health of young mams and dads, wellbeing workshops in local DEIS schools and the work of our ASPIRE Social Prescribing service. Read more HERE

We're delighted that our new IMPACT employment initiative for people with disabilities in the Bray and North Wicklow Area will be starting to deliver services from early 2022. A co-ordinator is in place and we're in the process of recruiting for a further three workers - keep an eye on our Vacancies page for when the jobs are posted!

IMPACT will work with people with disabilities to support them to achieve sustainable employment, become self-employed or progress in their careers - providing person-centred supports such as training, competency-building, mentoring and in-work supports - and working in collaboration with local employers. Find out more HERE.

The Chatterboxes initiative, which takes a novel approach to supporting children’s speech, language and communication needs, has been found to have made a real difference in the lives of children and families in the Bray and North Wicklow areas, according to a recent report.

The report, Sustainability Through Collaboration, highlights the success of this new model, which works closely with key adults in children’s lives to help them support children’s speech, language and communication needs. Chatterboxes is a collaborative project of the HSE and our SPECS project. Find out more HERE.

A huge thanks to all the generous shoppers who contributed food items to our Bia Food Project collection in Tesco Vevay Bray on Sunday 5th December, as part of the Tesco Christmas Food Appeal. Our thanks to Tesco for this opportunity - Every Little Helps!

All of the items donated will go towards providing food for people in need this Christmas in the Bray and North Wicklow areas - working with our partners in organisations such as Five Loaves and Bray Women's Refuge.

This is a great boost for our Bia Food Project, which redistributes surplus food every week for the benefit of the community - with the trojan work of our Tús team members. The food is sourced through Food Cloud and local supermarkets that work with Food Cloud. Find out more about Bia HERE.

SEED social enterprises support programme  

Our new SEED Regeneration Programme offers free one-to-one mentoring, networking and training to local social enterprises and social entrepreneurs and has recently delivered a programme of free webinars for local social enterprises or groups considering this option.

Click on this video about the brilliant local social enterprises we have supported in recent times.

Social enterprises are businesses whose core objective is to achieve a social, societal, or environmental impact. They often work to support disadvantaged groups such as unemployed people or people with disabilities, or address issues such as food poverty, social housing or environmental matters.

If you're a local social social enterprise or a community group interested in exploring setting up a social enterprise, do get in touch with us - find out more HERE.

Our CARA Care and Repair service continues to carry 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.

The idea is to support people to remain in their own homes and live as independently as possible by improving their housing conditions and making their homes more comfortable. 

Check out a glowing testimony from a user of the service in this video! Contact details for CARA are HERE.

Community News & events

WH Five Loaves Christmas Day service 

WH Five Loaves, a local service that provides support to people who are experiencing homelessness, will be open on Christmas Day but they do need to have names in advance for anybody who wants to attend. Contact 01 204 0960.

This Christmas, Bray Women's Refuge is asking people to give a woman who has experienced domestic violence or is still living with it, the gift of empowerment, autonomy and choice by donating a voucher. For many women, leaving an abusive relationship means financial hardship for them and their children. It makes Christmas a very difficult time for them. Christmas is also a time when women may feel the impact of financial control and abuse. 

If you can help in anyway you would be making a huge difference. Email You can also post vouchers to Bray Women's Refuge, Bray, Co Wicklow.

Adam Burke from our local Wicklow Jigsaw service is swimming to raise funds for Jigsaw - brrrrr! You can sponsor our brave Adam HERE and support this invaluable local youth mental health service.


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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