Translink’s Belfast Transport Hub team, including key delivery partners ARUP, Arcadis, Faithful & Gould and Lendlease, have teamed up with The Prince’s Trust Northern Ireland to connect young people from local communities to explore and develop photography skills.
Up to 15 young people (aged 16-30) will get the opportunity to ‘Get Started in Photography’ through a fully funded Prince’s Trust programme. During the programme, facilitator Carrie Davenport will introduce participants to digital photography, teaching them how to capture and tell a visual story, how to edit and exhibit their photos.
A key focus of ‘Get Started in Photography’ will be to portray the connection of young people and place. These visual accounts will be told by capturing their urban and natural environments, its evolving landscape, and the possibilities that exist within these settings.
To register an interest in taking part in the photography programme, a taster day on Wednesday 9th June has been arranged. The 5-day course will then commence on Monday 14th and run to Friday 18th June. The programme is available to young people aged 16-30, not in full time education or employment. If you’d like to find out more get in touch with The Prince’s Trust Northern Ireland via social media, email email@example.com or call 0800 842 842.
Brendan Gallagher, Belfast Transport Hub Community Manager Engagement said,
“We know how difficult it has been during the Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions for our young people to stay connected to their communities and to keep up with their hobbies and interests.
“With Translink working in partnership with The Prince’s Trust Northern Ireland, we aim to offer an exciting opportunity for young people to positively participate in re-engaging, re-examining and re-connecting to their urban surroundings and the possibilities that rest within those places.
“More and more, stations are at the heart of urban regeneration and are driving a new wave of economic and social development. Transport hubs are at the epicentre of growth and are increasingly seen as vibrant destinations for young people to shop, work, find employment, live and socialise”.
Ruth Cooper, Senior Head of Partnerships at The Prince’s Trust Northern Ireland said,
“Young people need us now more than ever. Working together, society can help them to upskill, reskill and build the confidence they need to get back on track in these difficult times which is why we are delighted to be working alongside Translink, its partners on this project.
“The Get Started in Photography programme is a great opportunity for young people to develop new skills and meet new people. They will also receive ongoing support from our team of youth support workers to help them get started in work, education or training.”
The scheme is also supported by project partners, ARUP, Arcadis, Faithful & Gould and Lendlease who are supporting the Transport Hub’s social value objectives by rolling out the Social, Economic and Environmental benefits of this major infrastructure project”