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Our group who are doing the begginers programme to Microsoft are back out again tomorrow evening after a LOT of learning on our previous week

But the proof is in the pudding as they say ....so it was fantastic to see one of our participants have the confidence and ability to put together a power point presentation (to the highest level) for a delegation that visited the BMSS team this week !!!!

What's more amazing is just 4 weeks ago this individual had no idea of were to start with PowerPoint !

BMSS meeting the needs of the community by furthering knowledge and building confidence and capacity!

A packed room for an in depth discussion with Professor Colin Harvey and political commentator Alex Kane on the topic of "maintaining the union or uniting Ireland"

A lot of listening and discussion held some eye opening information

Well that's a wrap !!!

Our second phase of the digital champions course has created another 9 new digital champions bringing us to 22 in total!!!

Congrats to our new 9 digital champions you were great!!

Amazing for the local area as it can only benefit.

Special thanks to Julie DigiSkills for delivering the course, and Shane from innovation factory for their support but the biggest congrats must go to our digital champions from phase 1 who have shown a lot of knowledge and a growing confidence to help deliver phase 2.

#learning #crosscommunity #localengagment #confidentcommunities

Our group who are doing the begginers programme to Microsoft are back out again tomorrow evening after a LOT of learning on our previous week

But the proof is in the pudding as they say ....so it was fantastic to see one of our participants have the confidence and ability to put together a power point presentation (to the highest level) for a delegation that visited the BMSS team this week !!!!

What's more amazing is just 4 weeks ago this individual had no idea of were to start with PowerPoint !

BMSS meeting the needs of the community by furthering knowledge and building confidence and capacity!

Digital Champions Training

BMSSP were overwhelmed with the high participant numbers and successful launch of our Digital Champions Training

 

With participants from across the praceline, both local and beyond learning new digital skills that they in turn will deliver to others within their community to help enpower all in the basics of the digital world, all delivered in a fun, friendly atmosphere in conjunction with https://digiskills.agency/

Great 1st session with members of the community discussing personal development plans and any required training needs.

 

With an overall aim to develop and support these individuals to become qualified, confident and energetic individuals and ultimately become community champions who can help advance the areas they live in and beyond"

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Black Mountain Shared Space is primarily a good relations project, we aim to work with people in our catchment area to build relationships, breakdown barriers, build capacity in people and communities.  Our work involves single identity and cross community work with men, women, young people and families.  We do this through direct delivery and partnerships with other local community organisations

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About Us

WHERE IT ALL STARTED

BMSSP was set up in 2009 and formally constituted in 2013. It is a cross-community partnership operating across a contentious interface in the West Belfast area.  It has worked to build relationships with people living on both sides of the dividing peace wall through community-based initiatives and by conducting critical conversations with key influencers on both sides of the wall.  The work is sensitive and must constantly respond to changes in the political environment. BMSSP has reached some of the most vulnerable members of the communities in terms of conflict legacy and poverty/marginalisation.  More than 3,000 people completed peacebuilding and/or community capacity building activity over 2018/2019 while over 1,000 people engaged in these opportunities for the first time.  As a result, hundreds of people have crossed the peace line for the first time.

A major achievement for BMSSP is that it has now reached the stage where there is strong cross-community, cross-political and agency support for a Shared Space capital build initiative that will deliver a community facility, environmental hub (drawing on the unique location adjacent to the scenic Black Mountain) and community enterprise units to bring local work and services to the area, an essential part of regeneration and reconciliation. Both communities will benefit from the new shared community hub which will breach the current peace structure in several places.  

 

The community-owned Shared Space hub will offer an environmental link into the proposed Belfast City Council greenway into Belfast City centre. In addition, local communities will be able to avail of shared training, education, recreation, children and youth facilities, multi-arts spaces and meeting space, and have access to jobs and services.

 

Meet The Team

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Ciaran Boyd

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Ciaran Boyd

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Anne Cooke

Anne Cooke

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Ellen Cahill

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Ellen Cahill

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Phillip Brannan

Phillip Brannan

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Seamus Kelly

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Seamus Kelly

 

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