Sunbeams Viewpoint Time Capsule goes underground

Viewpoint attend seminar

Sunbeam House Services including their Self-advocacy group, ‘Viewpoint’ will be burying their Covid time capsule on Thursday 1st December at Ballyraine Campus. The idea of the Time Capsule came from the Viewpoint group with the aim of recording the experiences of people with intellectual disabilities during Covid times as well as contributing as active citizens in the local community The group will also be gifting 2 memorial benches and planting a memorial tree in memory of all lives lost to covid. 

‘Viewpoint’ are Sunbeam’s Self-Advocacy Group. A rights-based group that speaks up for themselves and for all who attend Sunbeam services. Viewpoint work together with Sunbeam management to make sure people have an equal say in how services and supports are provided.’ Viewpoint believes in the motto ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

Having successfully applied for a grant under the Creative Wicklow Grant Scheme 2022 under the Creative Ireland theme of Creative Communities, this has been a collaborative project. The memorial benches have been specially painted and decorated in collaboration with the generous support of Rachel Tyrrell, social entrepreneur and owner of The Colour Club which is also located on Campus at Ballyraine.

This collaboration worked particularly well as viewpoint are a creative group who often opt to share experiences, ideas and views through song, poetry, artwork, photography and videos. The Colour Club is a welcoming and inclusive space for children and adults to explore, play, make and move through creativity and the arts. A match made in creativity and ethos!

Following the tree planting at the site of the time capsule burial and unveiling of the remembrance benches, led by speakers from the Viewpoint Rights Group, there will be a screening of our time capsule video at the new Ballyraine café along with plenty of tea and cake! 

Pictured above are Viewpoint members and Ambassadors attending a follow up Inclusion Ireland Conference on October 27th at The Spencer Hotel in Dublin on the topic of speaking up in the media.

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