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!
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.
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
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:
An intro to music production
Health & wellness
Into to DJing
Registration now open: www.inspiredigital-ni.com/the-mind-project/
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.
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.
Our volunteers were on hand to provide those families in need with extra food parcels, electricity vouchers and some community spirit over the past few months with thanks to Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council and the funding that was made available to our organisation to deliver the project.
We would like to thank all our volunteers for their hard work in delivering this project and also the continued collaboration with Brendan Patterson (Manager) and the team at Focus on Family, Coleraine. Brendan and his team were key in identifying those families whom had slipped through the net with other local projects and who greatly benefited from electricity vouchers and food parcels during these difficult times.
Families from all across the Causeway Coast & Glens area including Ballysally, Millburn, Harpurs Hill, Dhu Varren and wider Coleraine area directly benefited from this project & funding.
As part of ‘The Breen Centre’ Community Engagement Programme, Mill Strand among some other local schools has been chosen as one of the schools to receive these lovely growing packs as well as a little hot chocolate treat.
Y7 pupils have had their fair share of challenges recently and our volunteer outdoor learning coordinator who also works in the school thought that it’s only fitting this little treat goes to them.
Great to see the continued growth of this project, especially in these difficult and testing times.
A real testament to all those volunteers involved in our ‘Collect & Share’ Project and also our ‘Community Engagement Project’.