Nerve Belfast Delivers Digital Skills Week in Sandy Row

Nerve Belfast Delivers Digital Skills Week in Sandy Row

Communities Minister Paul Givan was welcomed to Belfast South Community Resources (BSCR), in Sandy Row, by budding young filmmakers taking part in a unique Digital Skills Week, running from August 15-19.

The free digital workshops for young people, in filmmaking and animation with iPads, robotics, virtual reality and app design, are being delivered by the Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centre and funded by Urban Villages.

The young people taking part in Digital Skills Week are some of the first to benefit from a recent £50,000 investment by the Department of Communities in creative digital equipment for community cultural hubs in Belfast, in partnership with the Nerve Centre.

Belfast South Community Resources is one of eight organisations to receive equipment such as iMac computers, iPads and accessories, software, and music-making and film-editing technologies. The equipment will be available to young people, community groups and users of the hubs, which include the Markets Development Association, Donegall Pass Community Forum, Ardoyne Youth Providers Forum and Ballysillan Community Forum.

Minister Givan said: ‘The investment from my Department in cutting edge digital equipment is providing opportunities for local people to get involved in creative activity and I am delighted to see so many young people here today taking part in Digital Skills Week.

‘Cultural hubs play an increasingly important role in local communities particularly in relation to skills development, both in terms of basic IT and more hi-tech digital technologies such as filmmaking. I would encourage local groups and individuals to make use of these fantastic facilities.’

Martin Melarkey, Director of Nerve Centre, said: ‘The Nerve Centre has 25 years’ experience of changing people’s lives through digital technologies and community development. We are delighted to be using our expertise to help increase public access to the latest digital equipment and give communities across Northern Ireland the opportunity to explore digital media and develop skills.

'By working alongside each organisation, we have identified their equipment and training requirements to ensure the creation of bespoke Cultural Hubs that will support people of all ages and abilities to develop their skills.’

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