Aspire Media Studios is a trading name of Aspire Media N.I. CIC which is part of the social enterprises by Focus on Family, Ballysally under the Aspire Social Enterprises Group.
So Who is Aspire Media Studios?
Aspire Media Studios – our vision is to bring the ownership of media content back within the communities of Ballysally & Millburn – these are areas that have often suffered from negative external perceptions and poor inward attitudes over recent years.
The media has sometimes exacerbated this – for example, The BBC’s ‘The Estate’ series produced and shown on TV back in 2012 painted the whole of the Ballysally area in a very negative light and news broadcasts often focus on the problems and criminality with papers usually seeming to report mainly on the ‘bad-news’ stories instead of the good within the community!
This has caused some resentment amongst the local community, particularly as in the years following the BBC series the area has made great positive strides, but again little of this has been reflected in the local and national media streams.
In response to this, a committed group of local people, supported by Focus on Family, Ballysally & Millburn Community Association, have developed Aspire Media Studios – a digital media production facility based in Millburn open to all within the local community.
We have a dedicated team but are always looking for more people to come in and join our team – whether you like to be in front of the camera, become a local presenter, or prefer to work behind the scenes as a camera/sound operator, editor, content checker or digital uploader – collectively, we can start to develop content driven by the local community across Ballysally and Millburn as well as the wider Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area, aiming to bring back local news within our local area.
The difference with Aspire Media Studios is that we will enable everyone to promote their local area – whether it is through direct project work with us (having our team come out and filming with you in the local area or you & your team coming to our facility in Millburn) or where everyone comes and works within our production team to develop skills to start a career in media production!
We are also interested in helping local charitable organisations as well as private sector organisations to develop your media resources and to assist in helping you grow and succeed!
Who are Aspire Social Enterprises Group?
‘Aspire’ is the brand of social enterprises that provide funds to the local community in the Coleraine and North Coast area through nurturing and development programmes for over 25 years. We are working hard to develop new successful social enterprises to allow us to further support our community and provide jobs and opportunities to grow the economy. Our businesses are for good – when we profit, society profits.
Why we do what we do?
Aspire is passionate about creating positive social change, transforming our community to make sustainable development goals a reality. We want to help society with our businesses, we solely exist to try to fulfil the needs of the community whilst generating an income to help them become the best version of themselves. In a world of corporate organisations, we find it very important to encourage locals to ‘buy social’ if we want our economy to grow strong in the favour of local communities.
What we do?
Provide dedicated community facilities, offering specialised childcare & crèche provision, nurturing programmes, skills-based courses, complementary therapies, recreational activities, youth projects, fitness programmes & more and willingness to work alongside any other community groups or businesses.
Our services include:
- Extended after school’s childcare – currently in Millburn PS and Ballysally PS
- Offer childcare provision to other community groups
- Creche for 2–4-year-olds
- Summer Scheme
- Media Services (includes filming, editing, photography, training and more)
- The Cornfield Project (large woodland area offering a range of activities and festivities)
- Collection and delivery laundry service
- Leaflet and flyer design and printing Wedding package design – including invitations, order of service, table names, seating plan, name cards, thank you cards etc
Our Future Social Enterprises:
- Private Day Nursery for children from 6 months to 5 years