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By Brian Pelan, editor, VIEW It felt like one of the many European cites as Belfast came out to celebrate Culture Night. Hundreds of people ambled through the city with one thought on their minds – to party, enjoy the music and dance the night away. Musicians and artists were out in force on a night when they truly own the city. As darkness fell and it was time to make my way home, I overheard one young woman saying to her friend: “Why can’t it be like this every month?” Amen to that.

By Una Murphy HEALTH, happiness, well being and empowerment are the potential social impact benefits to the community from the growth of social enterprises, a Social Enterprise Means Business With Purpose master class in Belfast has heard. Speakers Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive, Belfast City Council, Alan Herron, a PlayBoard NI director and Stephen McGarry a manager with Gauge NI addressed the ‘Social Impact Equation’ They were asked by VIEWdigital community media to share one thing they felt social enterprises could make a difference. Ms Wylie said skills development and getting people into jobs was one of the main areas…

The Bounce Arts Festival got off to a bouncy start today at Belfast City Hall thanks to to artist Simon Jones and his big bouncy castle that makes sounds when you jump on it. The Bounce festival takes place from today until September 6  with a mix of music, theatre, comedy, circus, poetry, photography and dance from some of the UK and Ireland’s top disabled and deaf artists. Chris Ledger, Director of the Arts and Disability Forum said the aim of the festival was to showcase the very best work around, all produced by artists who are disabled or deaf. She added:…

Castle Coole, in County Fermanagh is set to be showcased on the big screen as Miss Julie, starring Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain hits movie houses across the UK from September 4. Filmed solely at National Trust locations in Fermanagh, the movie is based on August Strindberg’s play, and adapted for screen by Liv Ullmann. It stars an award winning cast including Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar), Colin Farrell (True Detective, In Bruges) and Samantha Morton (Control, Minority Report). Miss Julie was filmed in 2013 at the National Trust’s Castle Coole which is widely recognised as one of Ireland’s…

 By Una Murphy, co-founder VIEWdigital At VIEWdigital community media we believe in ‘good stories well  told’. We are passionate about unearthing human stories that contribute to enlighten the public on critical social issues. Through bespoke training we harness individuals’ potentials to tell their own stories in a compelling manner. VIEWdigital was co-founded by two journalists: Una Murphy and Brian Pelan. We publish VIEW digital social affairs magazine on VIEWdigital http://viewdigital.org online news site and distribute printed copies of VIEW magazine free to libraries in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. VIEWdigital also hosts training by seasoned digital and…

Localgiving, a leading membership organisation for local charities and community groups in the UK, has announced two exciting opportunities, exclusively for local Northern Ireland charities and community groups. Localgiving’s mission is to safeguard the sustainability of the local voluntary sector by empowering charitable organisations to connect with supporters, fundraise online and take control of their future. Since the organisation’s inception it has assisted more than 4,000 charities to raise over £10m across the UK. Localgiving is keen to encourage groups from Northern Ireland to become involved with its growing network of community focussed, locally embedded organisations. As part of this…

Great turnout in Belfast for our Digital Stories Workshop led by VIEWdigital’s Una Murphy, far left, and Jennifer Jones, far right, from the University of the West of Scotland. Thanks to all those organisations who attended, including Clanmill Housing, Cancer Focus NI, Supporting Communities NI, Voices of Young People In Care and Liveability UK

Full house today at the two VIEWdigital infographics workshops given by trainer Sophie Mullen. They took place in the Midtown Business Centre in Talbot Street, Belfast. Among the organisations who attended were the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Citizens Advice, the NI Chest, Heart and Stroke Association, Clanmill Housing, The Special Educational Needs Advice Centre, Supporting Communities, Cancer Focus and Belfast Healthy Cities

VIEW’s next issue will all be about the wonderful world of local food with a dash of an international flavour. We have a fantastic series of features lined up, including articles on community gardens in Northern Ireland and beyond; food sustainability issues, looking at food banks and why people should not be going hungry; learning cooking skills and much, much more. Please get in touch with us if you have a story about food that you want to promote. This issue is also a wonderful opportunity for food producers, restaurants, retailers, etc, to take out an advertisement as the magazine…

Image: VIEWdigital editor Brian Pelan speaking at the launch in Moyross, Co Limerick, of the 50th edition of the Changing Ireland magazine VIEWdigital co-founder Una Murphy and VIEWdigital editor Brian Pelan recently travelled to Limerick to attend the 50th launch of the established community magazine Changing Ireland. The event was held in the Moyross housing estate and was attended by a number of community activists and speakers including Gearoid Fitzgibbon, chairperson, Changing Ireland Community Media; George Clancy, IRFU international rugby referee; and the Republic’s Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan. ‘Changing Ireland’ is based in Moyross and promotes Community Development nationally. The not-for-profit…

Image: Two of Northern Ireland’s Unsung Heroes were recognised at the first ever Lloyds Bank Foundation Charity Achievement Awards for NI yesterday (July 16). Trevor Monteith from Carrickfergus Senior Gateway won the Unsung Hero category and Maud McKetterick from Mountpottinger Presbyterian Church was Highly Commended A charity that has saved the lives of more than 2,500 people, a second making a difference to lives of people with Autism and another that has forged partnerships with major supermarkets to donate food to the homeless – just three of the Northern Ireland winners of the first ever Lloyds Bank Foundation Charity Achievement Awards.…

Smashing Times Theatre Company said they were delighted to announce that the company has received support for The Memory Project from the Republic’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Reconciliation Fund. The company’s artistic director, Mary Moynihan, said ‘’I wish to thank Mr. Charles Flanagan, T.D., Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Department of Foreign Affairs for their support for cross-border arts-based projects that use creative process to promote peacebuilding and reconciliation and to thank all those working together for peace and reconciliation.’’ The Memory Project is an arts-based project operating in the Republic and Northern Ireland, which…

A new app has made it easier than ever to get out and about in the Belfast Hills this summer. The free app, developed by the Belfast Hills Partnership, gives people all the information they need to access the upland sites, enjoy the trails on offer and get up-to-date information on all the events happening throughout the year. The new app lists every public walk on the main Belfast Hills sites including Divis & Black Mountain, Cave Hill Country Park, Carnmoney Hill, Slievenacloy, Colin Glen and Ligoniel Dams & Park. People can save their favourite walks, share maps and information…

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