ConnectivityNI Community Training Sessions 21-22

We are currently planning a series of Creative Industries training sessions for small groups from community projects across NI and UK. Above are some examples of previous content created by community based projects.

Children’s Summer Video Project

This summer we piloted a short children’s video production project to get young people involved in creative industries production techniques.

The kids, scripted a short story then acted their roles to produce a video based on the ‘Breen Witch’. We hope to schedule another project for Halloween!

Lankelly Chase Twitter take-over

Twitter Take-over Thurs 29th July 2021

Join us on our website for an 8 hour live stream from the ancient Breen Oakwood to view our projects and activities over the last years! We will feature a podcast from the ‘Insurgent Pedagogists’ around issues of critical race theory later this morning – not to be missed!

Reggae Sound System Corner

Working with our friends and projects based in Jamaica/Ethiopia, we have created a playlist of DIY Reggae artists to highlight the creativity of low income communities worldwide which we will publish soon and plan a Reggae/Ska Conference and Music Festival exploring the impact of the music in N Ireland in 2022.

Podcast Development Project

A fantastic project facilitated by Gary Devenney from The Think Curiously Podcast and Darran Wallace from Breen Centre (Inspire Digital Initiative)

This amazing Podcast Development Project will be available to all of the Primary 7 pupils from Millburn Primary School and will allow them to be one of the first schools across the country to avail of this digital podcast project.

The Think Curiously Podcast in partnership with Breen Centre (Inspire Digital Initiative) funded by Millburn Community Association

Pictured below: Gary Devenney (Think Curiously Podcast), Darran Wallace (Breen Centre, Inspire Digital Initiative), Millburn Primary School P7 Pupils and community representatives involved with Millburn Community Association

The MiND Project funded by Coca-Cola Thank You Fund

The MiND Project

Funded by the Coca Cola Thank You Fund! We are delighted to finally announce the launch of our new project funded by Coca Cola Thank You Fund. This project is open to anyone aged between 16-25 and is completely FREE to take part. 

There are 38 places available on this course and it will fill up fast so don’t miss out on your spot! 

What is the aim of the project?

MiND is a project that brings young adult’s between the ages of 16-25 together to explore the mediums of digital music, podcast creation, whilst also exploring an introduction to DJing, an introduction to music production, self confidence building, health and wellness, event organising and much more!MiND helps champion the change, by empowering young adults to express themselves using digital resources, through online workshops and by training and up-skilling individuals throughout the project. 

What to expect from the project?

The participants will be engaged in podcasts and workshops and will also be provided with training in creating their own digital content including:

Confidence building

Podcast creation

An intro to music production

Online events

LIVE streams

Health & wellness

Into to DJing 

Registration now open: 

Community Cookery School with Jamie Oliver

Our organisation had the opportunity to join thousands of other community hero’s and volunteers from across the UK with the Fare Share Community Cookery School in partnership with Tesco and Jamie Oliver.

We also got access to to take part in three virtual masterclasses delivered by Jamie and his team. This included a demonstration of how to make a starter, main and dessert by Jamie and the experts.

Our Collect & Share Project Coordinator and community volunteer Darran Wallace was on hand to learn from the best in the business to deliver his very own masterclass demonstration to local community members who were involved in the project. We had a total of 15 families engaged and taking part in the virtual demonstration which was a huge success.

Tesco kindly donated all the food resources for the virtual Community Cookery School which meant everyone could take part using all the resources bought from Tesco.

We would like to say a special thank you to all those who took part, our team here at Breen and to Mark McRobbie Hanlon from Fare Share.

Turning “food waste” into “food want” with our Collect & Share Project!

Since December 2020 we have been working with Fare Share to collect food from a range of Tesco stores and have been able to provide families throughout N. Ireland with an accessible food option for free during these difficult and testing times.

When we heard about Fare Share Go and the fantastic work they are doing we instantly knew we wanted to team up with them in helping those in need during the pandemic whilst also having a positive impact on our environment.

We teamed up with Fare Share to collect food that would otherwise get thrown out at the end of a day but was still within its expiration date. Our team of volunteers from all across Northern Ireland were on hand to collect from a range of Tesco stores including Ballymoney, Portstewart, Newtownabbey & Glengormley.