April 2010

Young Film Makers Showcase Their Multimedia Talent

Members from the Clubhouse took part in the 10th Belfast Film Festival on Thursday 22nd April 2010 showcasing two short films from the Adobe Youth Voices Programme. The cross community event brought together members, parents, teachers and Clubhouse volunteers in a celebration of the creative achievements of our young people.

Mary Lyons, CEO of Springvale Learning spoke passionately about the talents of Clubhouse members saying, "Who knows? We may have some future film makers in our midst as a result of this exercise." Guest Speaker, Stephen McGowan, Head of Creative Industries and Innovation with the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure www.dcalni.gov.uk spoke about the importance of the creative industries for social regeneration and the future of our young creative thinkers.

The Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Programme encourages participants to 'Create with Purpose', providing youth in disadvantaged areas with the critical skills they need to become active and engaged members of their communities using the latest Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) software.

Film makers from Northern Visions/NVTV were at the event to speak to the members of the Clubhouse about their AYV experience. You can view this video at http://vimeo.com/channels/64772#11660042

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Business on the Clubhouse Agenda

Local business leaders from W5, Gilbert Ash, Bombardier, NI Blood Transfusion, FG Wilson and others visited the Belfast Computer Clubhouse on April 15th 2010 during Business in the Communities 'Business Leadership Network' meeting. Currently working with Greater Shankill Integrated Services, Business in the Community hope to initiate new youth based projects in the area www.bitc.org.uk/northern_ireland/index.html

During the visit staff and members of the Clubhouse spoke about their creative projects, cross community and cross border activities, their own personal achievements and there was some time for members to showcase their multimedia technology skills at the end.

We would like to thank all those who took time out to meet with the members and staff of the Clubhouse. www.integratedservices-greatershankill.org.uk

Intel Computer Clubhouse Annual Conference

Meeting luggage restrictions to make room for marketing and supporting information took some manoeuvring, as did the "volcanic" experience, 6 days extra to be precise. Never mind, the positive happenings superseded!

On Sunday Coordinators, CBOs, and assistants registered for name tags, exchanging greetings and catching up. Some took pat in the 3 hour tourist trip.

This local bus trip called at the tomb of Dr.Martin Luther King, "the man who sacrificed everything so all people could be free", then on to Gone With The Wind, author, Margaret Mitchell's home where all her romantic thought took root , http://www.margaretmitchellhouse.com/, after that it was the CNN studios http://www.atlanta.net/visitors/cnn_tours.html, but only time to grab a quick bite there. It was very exciting to see all the news on the screens as news happened. The tour finished with a visit to the Babe Ruth stadium, or rather, where the stadium used to be as a new one has since been built http://www.basicbloganomics.com/2010/04/henry-aaron-passes-babe-ruth-on-april-8.html. The tour guide informed the group that in Atlanta, "we knock down many buildings and rebuild. Rebuilding is what we do well in Atlanta". It was a memorable whirlwind trip.

On Monday April 12th the "Common Ground, Common Good – The Power of Our Collective Experience" conference was launched by Gail Breslow, the Director of the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network. On Tuesday 13th April (my son's birthday) & Wednesday 14th April, Clubhouses from all over the world, set up and manned their own Clubhouse stalls so coordinators could share their collective experiences. For me, as leader of a fantastic Team, with such an array of skills, it was a sheer pleasure to articulate our multimedia, cross community work. All of the Belfast Team were involved in our Adobe Youths Voices DVD which was showcased (Launched also at the Spectrum 22nd April) at the event along with our new marketing materials. Mostly, many asked why we had two clubhouses, as this was the main difference between us yet by comparison our members' work and interests were all fairly similar.

Overall, the annual conference was a rich and meaningful experience, full of learning, and sharing of information. Thank you to the Network, To Atlanta Clubhouses and to my team who helped make it such a positive experience for me.

Woodvale Park Under the Sun

11 young people from Community Day Services at both Chichester Street and Whiterock Road went on a stroll and had a laugh. Armed with digital cameras, the young people captured the spirit of the day through the lens.
After planning to take this trip to Woodvale Park for almost a month and having to cancel due to bad weather, everyone took advantage of the lovely spell of sunshine. Plenty of smiles can be seen in the member's faces!
Members are so proud of their photos. They have entered photos they have taken in the Belfast City Council's Belfast Parks Photographic Competition.  Good luck to Karen, Michael, Joanne and Gary!

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