New Court School, Bray

New Court School caters for students with intellectual disability. As patrons of the school, the Trust has supported New Court School for many years.

The Trust has provided support to refurbish the computer room and the library, as well as in many other ways. Members of the Trust assist teachers in various ways and attend events.

The Trust is pleased as patron of the school, to approve funding of a redecoration project over the summer months.

Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI) was set up in 2010 as a response to the need for a primary service training
Autism Assistance dogs to help the children with autism and families across Ireland who need the support of a trained dog.

Assistance dogs are trained to:

  • Ease difficult transitions to places that would normally be anxiety provoking, such as the supermarket,
    school, any place outside the child’s home
  • Hold position in dangerous situations so that the child cannot bolt.
  • Provide comfort to children who need tactile support in stressful situations

The Trust was happy to support a family in County Wicklow by giving a grant to AADI towards their dog.

And excerpt from the mother’s testimonial says: “An Autism Assistance Dog is very calming for the child with autism, helps with their anxiety, deep pressure acceptance and being able to get out and about. They give a family independence and new hope.”


Climb-Ability is a tailored training program in climbing for people with intellectual or mild physical disabilities. The program is run by Jasper Chisnall of Master Adventure.

You can find out more about Climbability in this PDF Climb-Ability – Sunbeam House Trust

Grave Restoration

The Trust funded the restoration of Lucinda Sullivan’s Graveyard in Mount Jerome Cemetery Harold Cross which is also the resting place of her mother and sister.

This project also included a number of graves in Deansgrange and St Paul’s Bray Cemetery bought by the Trust many years ago remembering the deceased children that were once cared for.

Lakers Social & Recreational Club, Bray

The Lakers Social & Recreational Club is a community-based sports, social and recreation organisation for children and adults with an intellectual disability. The club provides a wide range of sporting and educational services to members across Leinster from its centre in Bray, Co. Wicklow.

The Trust is pleased to have been able to assist the Lakers in purchasing a replacement bus, a Ford Custom/Kombi.
In June 2018 the members of the Trust John, George and Delwen were pleased to attend a ceremony to handover this new minibus to Lakers at their premises in Seapoint Road in Bray. The minibus was partfunded by Sunbeam House Trust.

From right to left:
John Giles and George Knaggs (Sunbeam Trust,) Fergus Findlay (Chairman Lakers), Anthony Finnegan (Manager Lakers)







The Trust is pleased to support a new project in 2019.

Marino School, Bray

Marino School is a Community Special School in Church Road, Bray.

The Trust was happy to give a grant to the school to fund the building of a new sensory garden for pupils and staff to enjoy.

The provision of a sensory garden space in Marino is hugely beneficial for all students, as this garden will allow students to enjoy a calm, relaxing outdoor space and also, from a practical perspective, will enable students to grow, cook and hopefully, eat some of the garden produce.

The sensory garden was officially opened by Diarmuid Gavin on 3rd April 2019.

Also in the picture: Rosalie Chooi and Delwen Giles (both Sunbeam House Trust) and Oonagh Kenny (Principal of Marino School) – from left to right.

North Wicklow Down Syndrome Support Group

The North Wicklow Down Syndrome Support Group is a voluntary group solely run by parents.

The Trust was happy to give a grant for developing speech and language services for the children supported by this organisation and also for developing equine therapy supports for the children.

In 2019 the members spent a remarkable day with the amazing horses and handlers from Festina Lente. They were looked after very well by the staff.

Open Door Day Centre, Bray

Open Door is a Day Centre for adults with physical disabilities as a result of illness or accidents. They have a purpose built centre in Vevay Road, Bray, that allows easy access to various activities like learning new skills and offers a social outlet.

The Trust is pleased to give a grant to the centre.

Ovoca Manor

The Trust were pleased to fund the development of an outdoor pursuit centre at this location which was designed to facilitate people with a disability.

There have been a number of visits from pupils in special schools to the centre which have been enjoyed by all.

Below are recent photos from the Ovoca Manor team. All Abilities training with Paul Kellagher at Ovoca Manor in Wicklow, using the specially adapted equipment funded by Sunbeam Trust in summer 2019.

In 2018 members of the trust were pleased to visit the centre and see first-hand the equipment working and to meet staff and hear plans for increasing visits and retreats for people with special needs to the centre.

In July of 2017 the Ovoca Manor near Avoca, Co. Wicklow, held a very successful staff training session. The training took place over two (2) days and The Manor’s technical advisor was available to supervise the staff interactions and various program adaptations.

The training included:

  • Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Roped Climbing
  • Crate climbing
  • Biplane

Below are photos of some of the activities.

The Ovoca Manor also hosted 10 people from the Wheelchair Association of Ireland for a few hours of archery. The archery fees for their activities were covered due to the generosity of Sunbeam House Trust, and this particular visit was a pilot to see if the Manor could make archery all-abilities friendly. The concept has been proven successful and enjoyable for the participants and the Manor looks forward to developing this project as one of their outdoor activities for years to come.

For more information about Ovoca Manor please check their website

Peacehaven Trust, Greystones

Sunbeam Trust has supported Peacehaven Trust by assisting clients to go on a holiday, as well as adaptations to client’s homes.


The Trust are pleased to support the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club’s Sailability programme which provides access to sailing for young people with disabilities.

The Trust are pleased to support the project in 2019 and 2020.

Sign Language

The Trust have been supportive of a pilot initiative to encourage a church to train members in sign language. The Trust is interested in support for faith communities by teaching sign, as well as encouraging churches to make their faith and facilities available to the deaf population.

This effort was a pilot scheme and has resulted in the document of every sermon being made available to any deaf attendees prior to the service and the scripture passage is always shown on screen. A small group of people meet each Sunday at 10am for 45 mins to have a teaching session. The church is looking towards gaining more training and also to conduct a service with full interpretation, as well as evolving to a place where others who may be deaf can be included. It’s early days yet, but this project is in progress.

Tiō Associates

The Trust supports this project since 2014. This is how Tiō Associates describes themselves and our support:

“Tiō is a pioneer network of professionals providing and promoting Christian perspectives on intellectual disabilities using theology, story and the arts. Through the mediums of teaching, training and performance we aim to inspire, equip and accelerate change in churches, faith communities and wider society. Our partnership with the Sunbeam Trust has been invaluable to us as a new venture. Their funding assistance over three years is significantly helping us to establish a sustainable funding base. Currently, we are designing and delivering teaching and training at various venues for church leaders, parents, staff training and missions. The number of our Associates has risen to 8, each with professional expertise and personal experience. We are establishing links with other organisations such as Biblica and New Wine Ireland. Our Annual Conference in June 2018 explored ‘Intellectual Disability and Communication’. Having the support and encouragement of the Sunbeam Trust has also opened up the potential to work across Ireland. So, we are planning our Annual Conference 2019 in the South. Tiō, assisted by the Sunbeam Trust, is breaking new ground.”

For more information on Tiō Associates please read this pdf Tio_Information or check their website:

In November 2018 Tiō Associates published an article with the title “How inclusive is your church?”. You can read the article on the VOX Magazine website.

Annual conference 2018

Their annual one day conference 2018 took place on 22nd September in Belfast.

Spring conference 2019

On 9th February the Tio Spring Conference took place in Belfast. The topic was: ‘God Beyond Words’.

“Our topic looks at how God communicates with all of us, including and especially those with intellectual communication disabilities. We will explore the Christian call to support people with their communication needs as well advocate for them in the church and wider society. If you have been to one of our events before please be aware this is all fresh material with a host of new contributors.”

The event was aimed at Christian health and social care professionals, teachers, family carers, church and para church members and leaders with an interest or need to learn more about this area of ministry. Adults with intellectual disabilities (learning disabilities) were also invited to take part in a whole day of accessible workshops including art, music and drama.

Annual conference 2019

The Conference for 2019 took place on 12 October 2019 in YWCA Coolnagreina, Greystones, Co. Wicklow. The conference was entitled “A Good Life, looking at dignity, belonging, spirituality and opportunity”. The Trust are pleased to be supporting this conference.

80 people attended the conference and the feedback was very positive.

You can learn more about the schedule and speaker of the 12th October in this pdf A Good Life TIO Conf Brochure

Wicklow Triple A Alliance

Wicklow Triple A Alliance offers support to individuals, family and friends affected by Autism, Asperger Syndrome and ADHD.

The Trust were pleased to give a grant recently to support training for family members, including grandparents, of children with autism.