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Janette McKnight, above, director of the Quaker Service,  is the guest editor of the latest edition of VIEW which examines and reports on issues surrounding prisons in Northern Ireland and further afield. Below is her editorial. “You made me realise my self-worth – that I was worth something and someone can change. I realise there is more to life than breaking the law – it cleansed my soul.” These words were spoken by a highly vulnerable man in prison befriended by one of our volunteers. It’s something we hear over and over again in different words by people who are…

By Brian Pelan, VIEW editor The prison, as the US political activist, academic and author Angela Davis once observed, “becomes a way of disappearing people in the false hope of disappearing the underlying social problems they represent”. I would argue that prison, reformed or unreformed, is not the solution to homelessness, mental illness, educational disadvantage or learning difficulties. The real solutions to social problems surely lie outside the criminal justice system. And as the new Justice Minister Claire Sugden takes up her post, she, like her predecessors in the same position, will be confronted by the same question. Do we…

Welcome to the latest issue of VIEW. https://issuu.com/brianpelanone/docs/view_issue_36_-_health A range of powerful news stories, features and analysis on key health issues in Northern Ireland and further afield. A big thanks to guest editor Joanne Morgan, director of the Community Development and Health Network and the support given to VIEWdigital by the Public Health Agency. http://issuu.com/brianpelanone/docs/view_issue_36_-_health/1?e=3341601/34523932

There was a superb turnout today at our infographic seminar in Belfast. Great work by VIEWdigital co-founder Una Murphy in organising it and the digital training tutor Sophie Mullen who delivered the session. A big thanks to all those from the voluntary/charity/community sector who attended today, including individuals from Start360, Bryson Recycling, Northern Ireland Social Care Workforce, Equality Commission NI, Belfast Central Mission, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, Positive Life NI, Charity Commission NI, Bill of Rights NI, Human Rights Consortium, Law Centre NI and Conway Education Centre. Another infographic workshop to be held next…

By Brian Pelan, VIEW editor Despite the ravages of time, the former Oldpark library in north Belfast still has a magisterial air about it. I visited the Carnegie building at the weekend to have a look at the building and to hear about the exciting plans to reopen it as a social enterprise. Supporters of the project are hoping for commercial revenue streams from office rental, enabling the other rooms to be free for education and training community, arts and social activities. The project is led by the Northern Ireland Foundation, an independent operating charity that has asked Quintin Oliver, its secretary,…

By Una Murphy, VIEWdigital Images: Kevin Cooper, Photoline, NUJ   A room full of women at Belfast City Hall, why does this feel so rare? I have been thinking a lot this month about International Women’s Day – particularly women’s lack of visibility in the media and public life. How do you tackle the problem of not seeing role models to inspire your life? One way forward is to go back…to the grassroots. Third sector organisations in the city such as WOMENSTEC are helping women make a visible difference to their lives by training them to take jobs in non-traditional…

VIEWdigital got a mention today on BBC Radio 4 in a discussion about press regulation on The Media Show. To listen to a short clip, go to http://chirb.it/tm1sbK To listen to the full programme, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06wg7rr We also got a mention in The Guardian today – http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jan/20/press-regulator-impress-unveils-first-members-and-makes-charter-submission

Image: Bernadette McAliskey (STEP), left, with VIEW editor Brian Pelan, Linda Hutchinson, NI Housing Executive; and Paula McIlwaine, Integrated Education Fund; at the launch of VIEW’s latest issue, ‘community tackles racism’, at Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre in Dungannon By Una Murphy BERNADETTE MCALISKEY, Co-founder of South Tyrone Empowerment Programme (STEP) said community and local media has a valuable role to play in highlighting racism in Northern Ireland. She was speaking at the launch of VIEW magazine ‘community tackles racism’, edition which was launched at a ‘Stronger Together NI’ seminar at Ranfurly House in Dungannon on Thursday (November 3). In VIEW magazine Ms McAliskey said…

By Claire Savage An innovative community-based project in Cloughmills, Co Antrim is helping people rediscover their relationship with food and tackling the issue of food poverty as they go along. Incredible Edible Cloughmills, which has received funding from the Big Lottery Northern Ireland, encourages residents to get actively involved with their food, providing an allotment garden for growing vegetables, as well as teaching people how to prepare what’s grown. Visitors to the site can also take produce home, as well as participate in various cookery classes and activities. The idea is simple – by cultivating a better relationship with food…

Has nutritionist Jane McClenaghan bitten off more than she can chew as she attempted to make VIEW editor Brian Pelan a more healthier man? By Brian Pelan, VIEW editor The esteemed playwright Samuel Becket put it eloquently, when he wrote: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” I, like many others, have aspirations to be more healthy. And given that ‘aspire’ seems to be the word of the moment, I sometimes believe that I am doomed to try to aspire to a healthier lifestyle and doomed to fail again. When I outlined my request to nutritionist…

By VIEW editor Brian Pelan About 300 artists, musicians, writers and actors gathered at Stormont today to protest about cuts to the arts budget. Author Glenn Patterson, who addressed the protesters said: “This isn’t a whinge, this is cold fury.” Will Chamberlain from the Belfast Circus School said arts groups would “keep on asking questions” until the Arts Minister Carál Ní Chuilín realised the “value of the arts and the folly of the cuts” Below are a selection of images from the protest.

By Brian Pelan, VIEW editor As Northern Ireland gets set to host the Year of Food next year, a call was made for an urgent need to tackle hunger on our streets. The call for action was made at the launch of the latest issue of VIEW (http://bit.ly/1XsYUtq) at the National Grande Cafe in High Street earlier this week. Among those who attended the event were Ginger Restaurant owner/chef Simon McCance; Jim Kitchen, Executive Director of Sustainable NI; Kerry Melville, Belfast Food Network co-ordinator; Mary McManus, Manager, East Belfast Independent Advice Centre; community gardener Arlene Megaw and Dr Sue Christie. Mr…

Our latest issue of VIEW is now online. It’s a themed look at food issues, especially the amazing growth in community gardens in Northern Ireland. A big thanks to all who contributed to this issue, especially Belfast Food Network co-ordinator Kerry Melville and the support we received from the Food Standards Agency NI. If you would prefer to download a PDF, go to http://bit.ly/1MeyROv http://issuu.com/brianpelanone/docs/view_32?e=3341601/30946000

By Brian Pelan A fantastic evening of dance, colour and sound effects was on display last night at the Nine Nights Diwali Indian light show in Belfast. A huge crowd were treated at the City Hall to a feast of sound and energy. Full credit to all those who organised it and took part in it. Another reason why we must do everything we can to support the arts and protect it from funding cutbacks

By Una Murphy Belfast city centre’s oldest area is slowly being transformed by linking the heritage of its past while looking to the future on ‘Back to the Future Day’ Pupils from St Mary’s Primary School have been playing street games enjoyed by generations of children before them at the unveiling of new art work called ‘A River Runs Through It’ by Annemarie Mullan at the Bank Square/Berry Street home of the new Folktown market. Children from the school on the lower Falls featured in the iconic ‘Dusty Bluebells’ documentary film made by the late film-maker and musician David Hammond…

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