Who Are we?

Aspire Media Studios, a trading name of Aspire Media N.I. CIC and part of the social enterprises group by Focus on Family, Ballysally called Aspire Social Enterprises CIC, aims to revolutionise community-driven media production and ownership within the communities of Ballysally & Millburn. These areas have long suffered from negative external perceptions and inward attitudes, often exacerbated by media portrayals. For instance, the 2012 TV series ‘The Estate’ by BBC depicted the entire Ballysally area in a highly negative light, while news broadcasts predominantly focused on problems and criminality, overlooking the positive aspects of the community.

In response to this, a dedicated group of local individuals, supported by Focus on Family, Ballysally, have established Aspire Media Studios. Situated in Ballysally, this digital media production facility is open to all members of the local community. While we have a committed team, we warmly welcome others to join us. Whether you enjoy being in front of the camera, aspire to become a local presenter, or prefer working behind the scenes as a camera operator, sound operator, editor, content checker, or digital uploader, we invite you to collaborate with us. Together, we can create community-driven content across Ballysally, Millburn, and the wider Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area, revitalizing local news within our region.

What sets us apart is our commitment to empowering everyone to promote their local area through community-driven media production. You can engage with us through direct project collaboration, where our team will film in your local area or host you and your team at our Ballysally facility. Alternatively, you can join our production team to develop media production skills and explore career opportunities. Furthermore, we are keen to assist local charitable organizations and private sector entities in developing their media resources, fostering growth and success.

Behind the music video produced in the community
More behind the scenes from The Golden Watch music video

Aspire Social Enterprises CIC.

Aspire is a brand of social enterprises that have been nurturing and supporting the Coleraine and North Coast community for over 25 years. Our aim is to create positive social change and make sustainable development goals a reality. By fostering new successful social enterprises, we strive to strengthen our community, generate employment, and contribute to economic growth. Our businesses operate for the greater good, with societal benefits in mind. Visit Aspire Social Enterprises CIC.

Why do we do what we do?

Aspire is driven by a deep passion for improving society. We are dedicated to fulfilling the needs of the community and helping individuals become the best version of themselves. In a world dominated by corporate organizations, we believe it’s crucial to encourage locals to “buy social” to foster strong local economies.

What do we do?

We provide dedicated community facilities that offer a wide range of services, including specialized childcare and crèche provision, nurturing programs, skills-based courses, complementary therapies, recreational activities, youth projects, fitness programs, and more. We are also open to collaboration with other community groups and businesses.

Our services include:

  1. Extended after-school childcare available at Millburn PS and Ballysally PS.
  2. Childcare provision for other community groups.
  3. Crèche services for 2–4-year-olds.
  4. Summer Scheme activities.
  5. Comprehensive media services, including filming, editing, photography, and training.
  6. The Cornfield Project, a large woodland area offering diverse activities and festivities.
  7. Collection and delivery laundry service.
  8. Leaflet and flyer design and printing services.
  9. Wedding package design, encompassing invitations, order of service, table names, seating plans, name cards, thank-you cards, and more.

Our Future Social Enterprises:

In addition to our existing services, we are actively developing a private day nursery catering to children aged 6 months to 5 years.

By collaborating with Aspire Media Studios and Aspire Social Enterprises CIC, you are not only supporting local initiatives but also actively contributing to the well-being and growth of our community. Together, we can make a lasting impact.