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.
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)
Marino School, Bray
Marino School is a Community Special School in Church Road, Bray.
The Trust is happy to give a grant to the school to fund the building of a new sensory garden for pupils and staff to enjoy.
In February 2019 the garden is nearing completion.
The project is being completed in spring 2019 and we will have further photos following the completion.
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.
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.
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:
- Roped Climbing
- Crate climbing
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.
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.
There have been a number of visits from pupils in special schools to the centre which have been enjoyed by all.
For more information about Ovoca Manor please check their website scriptureunion.ie/ovoca-manor.
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 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.
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.”
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 is in the planning stages. Members of the Trust met Tiō directors Ian Dickson and Mervyn Bothwell recently for a useful discussion about the work of Tiō and to start preliminary discussions in regard of planning the conference.
The conference will take place on 11/12 October 2019 in YWCA Coolnagreina, Greystones, Co. Wicklow. The conference is entitled “A Good Life, looking at dignity, belonging, spirituality and opportunity”.
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.