February 2010

Belfast Computer Clubhouse Members Win A Trip to Tayto Factory

Tayto TripMembers from both clubhouses were selected in January 2010 for the February, mid-term break trip to Tayto Castle in Tandragee, www.tayto.com home of Northern Ireland’s most popular potato crisp manufacturer.

After a drive through the fog the members were taken on a tour of the Tayto Factory, where they were shown the process of making crisps from the raw, soil covered potato to the finished bagged product. Along the way they witnessed the cleaning, slicing and flavouring of the potatoes, and had the opportunity to taste the warm, unflavoured crisps fresh from the conveyor belt. After the tour, the group received goodie bags and were treated to a VIP lunch in the castle itself before being dropped off at the Spectrum Centre and Springvale Clubhouses.

Tayto TripBelfast Computer Clubhouse would like to thank the BIG lottery Fund for their financial support, Jilly Beattie from the Daily Mirror (View Link) and Robert Brown from Tayto www.tayto.com who even organised transport. Thank you cards complete with the members’ recollection of events have been sent to Tayto for such a wonderful day out.

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World Community Arts Day @ Ulster Hall, Belfast

SECOND YEAR OF SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY ARTS FORUMS WORLD ARTS DAY

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CAFBelfast Computer Clubhouse supported the CAF World Arts Day for a second year due to the success of 2009.

Anne Marie Canavan and Martin Dodds witnessed flamenco dancing, drum circle and drama workshops alongside Northern Visions (View Link), Homely Planet http://www.homelyplanet.co.uk/ and many other representatives of various community arts groups. Vital networking took place amongst the wider arts community in Northern Ireland, and staff got to meet a number of interested volunteers willing to facilitate or join Clubhouse workshops in the future.

Belfast Computer Clubhouse flew their multi-media flag in celebrating with the Community Arts Forum , and to showcase our members’ work and efforts.

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Clubhouse Mentor Opportunities on offer at Queen's Volunteer Fair

Martin and JenDuring the event over 60 students visited the stall to learn about what opportunities the Clubhouse could offer them to help their careers get up and running, and also to see if they wished to help in the ongoing creative programme. Out of the 60, nearly 40 students wanted to know more and get involved, and will be invited to the next Volunteers/Work Experience evening in March. The event was certainly a success, with the eager students reflecting a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds and skills bases, all of whom would add to the member's experiences.

Participating StallThe Belfast Computer Clubhouse shared the Queen's Whitla Hall with organizations like the Volunteer Development Agency, Mencap, QUB Student's Union, USIT, and 34 other public and private organisations. By attending the fair, the Belfast Computer Clubhouse feels that it is engaging with the wider international student population, and tapping into their potential regarding furthering our member's enjoyment and learning in the future.

The Belfast Computer Clubhouse has a successful Adult Mentorship program which offers students the chance to develop their professional practice and make a difference to the lives of local young people. For more information about becoming a Mentor at the Clubhouse click here.

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