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Amnesty International has announced that controversial Dublin drag queen, Panti Bliss, will deliver this year’s Amnesty Belfast Pride Lecture. Earlier this year Panti Bliss, the drag persona of Rory O’Neill, took to the airwaves and the stage of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre to blast homophobia and homophobes. With her Noble Call speech, Panti went viral, attracting over half a million YouTube views. Fintan O’Toole of the Irish Times called it “the most eloquent Irish speech since Daniel O’Connell”. Announcing her intention to deliver the Amnesty Lecture in Belfast, Panti Bliss said:“I told the Abbey Theatre audience that people who actively campaign…

BY HARRY REID It is early morning and the café at Belfast’s MAC arts center in the city’s Cathedral Quarter is slowly gearing up to greet the day ahead. Yet despite the early bird hour, there’s not even a scintilla of sluggishness from the woman sitting thoughtfully sipping a flat white coffee at the only occupied table. Emma Jordan is a decidedly singular person. Attending to the series of questions posed to her, she emerges as an intensely focused force of nature tempered by a beguiling sense of humour. As she locks on to each subject raised, I am glad…

Alana Hughes, a volunteer with the Northern Ireland branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, in front of Belfast City Hall recently as the building was lit up in the association’s colours for global awareness day. For further information visit www.mndani.com or Twitter @MNDA_NI If you would like your community/ voluntary organisation to be selected for The Big Picture in the next issue of VIEW, send images, marked ‘Big Picture entry’ to editorial@viewdigital.org If you would like your community/ voluntary organisation to be selected for The Big Picture in the next issue of VIEW, send images, marked ‘Big Picture entry’…

Local charity Housing Right Service is launching a new video for anyone thinking about renting privately at the Welcome Organisation in Belfast today. The Key to Successful Renting is a three minute video that is designed to help people find private rented accommodation and understand their rights. The video has been scripted and overseen by members of Northern Ireland’s first Private Tenants Forum – a group of tenants who have come together to help improve conditions in private rented sector. Many of the forum members have encountered difficulties in accessing and sustaining tenancies and want to see an improvement in…

With Ebola continuing to spread in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, bringing the epidemic under control will require a massive deployment of resources by governments in West Africa and aid organisations, according to the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), while warning that it has reached the limits of what its teams can do.  Ebola patients have been identified in more than 60 separate locations across the three countries, complicating efforts to treat patients and curb the outbreak. “The epidemic is out of control,” says Dr Bart Janssens, MSF director of operations. “With the appearance of new sites in Guinea, Sierra…

VIEWdigital Community Interest Company at CRI (Cromac Regeneration Initiative) in Belfast provides media training and consultancy to help improve the way community and voluntary sector organisations tell their stories. Digital publishing one-day workshop – Led by Brian Pelan and Sophie Mullen Learn how to design and publish your newsletters  and other campaign literature in three simple, but highly effective and economical steps. The workshop is led by VIEW editor Brian Pelan and experienced designer Sophie Mullen.1, We teach you how to use Microsoft Publisher in the production of newsletters.2, We introduce you to a FREE publishing program called Issuu which will boost…

Mags Byrne, Artistic Director of DU Dance, tells Harry Reid how the dance company she leads has both its feet firmly planted in community action Mags Byrne pulses industrial quantities of energy and passion as she talks about her heartfelt conviction that dance can truly be life-changing for anyone. When we meet to discuss the many facets of activity that combine to give DU Dance it’s unique personality, Mags is buzzing from some welcome news. She’d just heard that Merge Cru, one of the youth dance groups from across Northern Ireland, that she and her team are involved in supporting…

Joe Saxton, above, co-founder of nfpSynergy, says the 10 percentage-point dip, which followed a rise in the previous two years, highlights the volatility of confidence in charities The proportion of people who trust charities has fallen by 10 percentage points over the past year, according to figures from the consultancy nfpSynergy. A survey of 1,000 people by nfpSynergy, published today, found that 56 per cent of respondents said they trusted charities “quite a lot” or “a great deal”, down from 66 per cent in 2013. It is the second-lowest figure since July 2007 – when it was 42 per cent –…

Una Murphy, co-founder of VIEW, coordinates our digital and broadcast media workshops. She has produced and directed current affairs/factual/documentary programmes for UTV, TG4, RTE and BBC, reported for The Daily Mirror and The Irish Times, and worked on media campaigns for Save the Children Northern Ireland and CARDI, The Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland. She has taught journalism courses at various universities and colleges. unamurphy@viewdigital.org

Price per participant: £129, with discounts for two or more attendees from the same organization. Maximum 10 participants per workshop. This one-day workshop is aimed at professionals who are expected to appear on television and radio to represent their organization. Broadcasters openly acknowledge that it is more difficult to locate female interviewees willing to appear on-screen than male interviewees. VIEW would like to support the community and voluntary sector, and offer its expertise voluntary to boost the representation of women in the broadcast media. Our workshop will ensure you gain the confidence to steer and present key messages, whether via…

Price per participant: £99.00 (inclusive of supporting documentation), with discounts for two or more attendees from the same organization. Maximum 10 participants per workshop. Blending technical rigour with creative flair, this one day workshop, led by Brian Pelan, will provide participants with a hands-on introduction to the process of creating an online magazine. The course can equally be tailored to suit those with some publishing experience, who wish to enhance their skills. Participants will be guided through each stage, from template design, through to content style and tone, creative use of graphics, and final production. See your idea develop into a…

MailChimp (Morning) MailChimp is an email marketing service that has over 15,000 customers, manages over 65,000 opt-in lists containing over 75 million subscribers, and delivers millions of emails a day. MailChimp is easy and affordable enough for a small organisation to get started, but powerful enough for large organisation to use.  Benefits of attending: Create & deliver professional campaigns Reach broad target audience quickly and effectively Learn how to analyse results to pinpoint hot leads Raise company profile quickly and easily Develop different ways to manage & contact customers  Microsoft Publisher/ Word news letter (afternoon) Microsoft Publisher is a simple…

A comprehensive Social Media strategy that looks at your online presence and guides you to an overall goal is crucial to the success of your organisation in building its support base This workshop will guide you step-by-step through the process of considering your specific social media needs, and developing a social media strategy that helps you meet these needs, while fitting in with your organisation’s capabilities and overall communications goals. Topics covered: What is Social Media/ The Social Media Landscape Defining Your Social Media Audience & Goals Social Media Tools & How They Might Help Most Common Social Media Platforms Demo’d…

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