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Staff from Mencap NI’s LiveNet project have attended a VIEWdigital ‘Digital Stories’ workshop. The team (pictured from left) Rosie Maguire, Kieran Quinn, Jemma Dougherty, Rosie Parkes, Lauren Quinn with Tracy Mearns LiveNet Project Co-Ordinator at the front are with trainers Angelina Fusco, former BBC NI TV Newsline Editor at the back and Una Murphy VIEWdigital co-founder second from left. LiveNet provides a range of learning opportunities to enable children and adults with a learning disability and their carers to use information and communications technology (ICT) to improve their health and wellbeing, gain access to information, connect with their community and help achieve their full potential. We are looking…

Belfast mother Angela Fields, whose eldest daughter Nicole died from Rett Syndrome, has appealed to the public to support the work of the Northern Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. The hospice is the only service of its type within Northern Ireland caring for children and young people with very complex needs. There are over 1,300 life-limited children and young people and their families living in Northern Ireland who need the specialist care that only the Children’s Hospice can provide. “Nicole, left, died in 2004 at the age of 16 from Rett Syndrome, which is a rare brain disorder that causes severe disabilities,”…

Journalist Mary O’Hara tells VIEW why she decided to write the book, Austerity Bites, which concentrates on describing the brutal effects of economic cuts on working class families throughout the United Kingdom In the forward to Austerity Bites, comedian and political activist Mark Thomas writes: “This book gives voice to those at the bottom of the heap , those who struggle just to exist. This book is ammunition. Use it.” The reader is taken on a grim journey by author Mary O’Hara in which we get to hear the voices of those suffering the brunt of austerity. Ms O’Hara said:…

Check out our latest issue of VIEW. A comprehensive round-up of the news that matters in the only independent online magazine for the community/voluntary sector in Northern Ireland – http://issuu.com/brianpelanone/docs/view_28_issue_pdf/0

VIEW editor Brian Pelan, VIEWdigital c0-founder Una Murphy and VIEWdigital trainers Angelina Fusco and Willis McBriar handing out valuable media tips at a series of free workshops, which took place recently at the Holywell Trust in Derry as part of CultureTECH. The event was organised between VIEWdigital and the North West Community Network. A range of people who work in the community/voluntary sector attended the seminars. The response from those who attended was very positive

October is International Walk to School Month and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging parents in Northern Ireland to do the school run on foot and start to feel the benefits for both them and their children. Statistics from the charity Living Streets show that in the UK 81% of parents with primary school children walked to school when they were younger, but today only 47% of their children walk to school. Colette Brolly, the PHA lead on physical activity, explained: “It’s important that children are introduced to a culture of being active from an early age as it…

Two new social housing developments totalling £9.2 million will underpin economic and community regeneration in north Belfast, Newington Housing Association said today More than 70 new homes in The Glen and Parkside schemes on Limestone Road have been handed over to tenants and the schemes were officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Nicola Mallon. Funded by the Department for Social Development, the developments will be accompanied by an additional 14 units which will be started by Newington Housing Association later this year. Regarded as a ‘flashpoint’ during The Troubles, high levels of civil unrest and community division have,…

By Una Murphy HOUSING expert Professor Paddy Gray has warned of a possible “timebomb waiting to explode” in Northern Ireland’s private rented sector. Banks are currently repossessing homes from buy-to-let landlords making the families who live there homeless. The private rented sector in Northern Ireland has grown rapidly in recent years and how accounts for nearly 17 percent of all households or nearly 130,000 homes. Many householders faced with landlords going bust will have to apply for homeless status with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, but public housing stock has dwindled in recent years. Most landlords in Northern Ireland’s private…

In September children, young people and adults across Limavady, Moyle and Coleraine will be taking part in world class music and dance workshops culminating in a World Of Music Arts and Dance (WOMAD) showcase event at Coleraine Town Hall at 7pm on Friday, September 19, as part of Culture Night celebrations. WOMAD is the world’s most prestigious international arts festival, now in its 31st year spanning 25 countries. In 2013, Beyond Skin (the local partner for WOMAD in Northern Ireland) commenced an ambitious four year outreach programme across the Isle to engage and unite communities and embrace diversity and global…

 The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson, has launched a campaign, in partnership with the CultureTECH Festival, to recruit 1,000 digital champions across the North West region. The campaign has been developed in support of the Go ON NI initiative which seeks to address the lack of digital skills across Northern Ireland.  As part of the campaign, the Mayor was joined by local business leaders and Councillors in the signing of a Digital Charter to signify the City’s commitment to addressing the digital skills divide.  Over 50 community organisations have already signed up and are committed to recruiting in excess…

VIEW’s digital media workshops have been designed to support organizations within the Community and Voluntary Sector to both up-skill and empower their employees in their outreach and communications work. Arranged into stand-alone sessions or groups of related areas, our workshops cater for all levels of experience, from beginner through to those holding front line media roles. Our team of established Media and IT practitioners is geared towards equipping professionals with “best practice” skills to implement both in their day to day work and strategic planning. So, whether you are new to social media platforms, simply want to fine tune certain aspects, need to…

By Dr. Enida Friel, Oxfam Ireland’s HIV Programme Coordinator 14,000 people have arrived in Melbourne, Australia to attend the 20th International AIDS Society Conference. It takes place every two years and is the most prestigious gathering of the AIDS community, attracting leading AIDS researchers, activists, practitioners and policy-makers in the world. People living with HIV, community workers along with President Bill Clinton and Si Bob Geldof are in attendance. They have come here to take stock of what has been achieved to date and to discuss how to keep up the pace in the future. But they are also in…

By VIEW editor Brian Pelan Just as I was about to retire to bed last night, I received a text message that all parents dread. My youngest son, Conor, and his friend had been involved in a car accident. Thankfully, they were not seriously hurt but were being treated for whiplash injuries at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. I headed down to the A&E department at the RVH about 12pm with a bag of food supplies. As it was a Tuesday night rather than the weekend, the department was not overflowing with casualties. At least, I thought, it should…

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