Hi & WelcomeThis is your
I would like to wish SOSs new newsletter the very best of luck!
I think it is great that we will be able to get all the news every few months and it will be great to see pictures of all the different events that are taken place.
Now to make sure the newsletter is a great success, we will need loads of help and it is up to everyone to make sure that all the news is given to Pat Ryan and that you encourage your fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and all your friends to read all about SOS.
Best of LuckFrancis
Dreamtime was set up at the beginning of this year in response to the needs and wishes of service users. This type of service, which requires all
sorts of expensive digital technologies, only became a realistic option when
funding became available from Denis OBrian, thank you Denis!
Dreamtime is mainly
broken into three areas, radio, film making and
photography (and the p r o d u c t i o n o f t h i s newsletter). Dreamtime
radio broadcasts on 90.9 fm, three Wednesdays a
month from 10am to 12 midday and 2pm to 4pm. The radio shows on offer are presented by service users who
prepare there own shows with their choice of playlist, service users
listening in from around the campus and beyond get great music, news & weather, requests and interviews with
well known people such as Brian Cody, The Kilkennys and much more.
Dreamtime film studio is busy putting together its first movie, CSI
Kilkenny, which involves many of the service users most are involved in dreamtime and drama, but not all as
the cast numbers 50 to 60 people. CSI Kilkenny is the third film produced by
SOS, the first two were filmed by external film groups, this time Dreamtime have
full control over the production and allows
time for a higher level of creativity. CSI will have i t s p r e m i e r e t h i s
November (18th) in the Watergate Theat re . Dreamt ime
p h o t o g r a p h y o r F o c u s o n Photography is in its early stages of development, we are currently working
to achieve Fetac accreditat ion, meanwhile the service users are busy
brushing up on there photography skills in preparation for such future courses, many of the photographs
within this magazine were taken by the guys in Dreamtime.
Dreamtime - Radio - Film - Photography
Dreamtime StudioThis new and exciting section within SOS
uses digital technologies to broadcast Radio, to produce films, to teach and faci l i tate
photography and other creative productions such as this newsletter.
D R E A M T I M E
C.S.I.K I L K E N N Y
Drumming Drumming has been going on in
SOS for some years and has been
run by different staff. At present it is
run by Trish MacManus and Christine
Wyss. Many of the service users are
musical and have a good sense of
rhythm. Twice a week there is an
opportunity for people to join a
drumming session. On a Monday the
group is smaller and includes singing
and performance. Often, when the
weather permits, drumming takes
place outside in a relaxed
atmosphere. The big drumming
group, open to anyone interested,
meets every Friday. Sometimes as
many as 15 people will participate.
The drummers and percussionists
accompany melodies played on the
electric guitar and sometimes we all
get so high with the joy of what is
being created. We have the steady
rhythm drummers like Bernie OShea,
John Bergin and Frank Dooley. Then
we have others playing percussion,
Padraig Doyle, Pat Fitzgerald,
Margaret McGuiness among others.
We also have a specialist drummer
Gerry Meaney with his own set of
Bongos. Of course each person is
valued and there are too many to
mention. Drumming is a great way to
relax, as no words are required and it
is also a good way to let go of any
tension. After the drumming we all go
back to our sections in high spirits.
Youth ReachLast month SOS teamed
up with Youth Reach to do
an interesting collaborative
project. A total of
13 youths from
Youth Reach and
4 service users
from SOS were
They spent one
week together to
make a piece of work from
clay that was to be fired and
glazed and then placed in
both SOS and Youth Reach.
The workshop was run by
Will Lennon from Youth
Reach and Christine Wyss
from SOS. It was about
bringing together people
from different walks of life
yet having in
they are all
by soc i e t y.
From SOS we
h a d P e t e r
McEvoy, John Bergin, Brian
Manning and John Earl.
The work took place in
Youth Reach. One day was
spent learning different skills
with clay, while on another day we went to
Woodstock for inspiration and then it was down
to doing the work. It was interesting to see how
well the two groups got on together. While some
from Youth reach were reserved, the lads from
SOS were very outgoing and this got a great
atmosphere going. The project is still ongoing as
youths from the groups merged perfectly, as our
people got to know how the youths spend their
time and now the youths will come here and see
how we spend our time.
The final work will be ceramic glazed tiles put
side by side to form a wall sculpture.
The wishing tree actors and singer Raymond Lyng went to Cork in June of this year to take part in the
National Performing Arts Festival.
Second place was awarded to The Wishing Tree and Raymond lyng received a medal for his song, The Fields of Athenry.
Many thanks and congratulations to all who took part and to Jim Craddock who Presented the second place medals to--
Sean Hickey, Anne Proctor,David Brian, Therese Nolan,
Noel Kavanagh, Jimmy Renahan, Ruth OConner, M.J Scallon,Joseph Byrne, Alma BreenCiara Cahill, Connor Walsh,
John Halley, Natasha Dowling, Deirdre ONiell ,Marie Bergin, John English, Mary Mahon and
The Wishing TreeNational Performing Arts Festival
Service Improvement with
Co-operative LearningIn February Margaret Holohan,
Janet McCormick (Margarets Sister)
and Mary Lawlor went to D.C.U.
(Dublin City University) to do a
c o u r s e i n S e r v i c e
I m p r o v e m e n t w i t h C o -
The aim of the course is
to provide, through focussed
Support with outcomes that
r e s u l t i n p e r s o n a l
d e v e l o p m e n t a n d
col laborat ion in serv ice
O n c o m p l e t i o n t h e
participants will have developed
k n o w l e d g e a n d s k i l l s o f a
cooperative approach. This will lead
t o s e r v i c e c h a n g e a n d
improvements as a direct result of
service user consultation.
Four teams took part which
consisted of a service user, family/
carer and staff member.
Teams were from:
St. Michael House
St. John of God Celbridge
Each team had to come up with
an idea around changing or
improving what is happening in their
service. For our project we looked
at our existing telephone list and
tried to make it more service user
friendly by having all staff photos
taken and placed beside their
telephone extension number. \this
will improve communication for
service users who have reading
This project also supports the
organization mission statement
On completion of the module
each Team had to give a
class presentation of their
project, people from the
different service and the
steering group came to
D.C.U. to hear a l l four
projects. Francis Coughlan
The course was from Feb-
June. We all enjoyed working
together as a team, getting to know
about other services and meeting
new people. The whole learning
experience was very good.
The Nore Swim 2010
Jane Saunders participated in The Nore Swim 2010 on the 21st August. She was a fantastically brave woman and swam from Johns Quay by the Brewery to Johns Bridge. It was a lovely day and the weather was perfect for the occasion. There was a large crowd to support all the swimmers. The swim started at 3pm followed by a buffet meal in the Set, Langtons, which all the participants attended. After the buffet they were all presented
with medals for their effort. The swim was in aid of The Home Care Team. Jane raised 150 euro for this charity. She says the water was not too cold and she had been training with Breeda Sweeney, who supported her on the day.
The Garden CentreThe Garden centre went on a day trip