Nerve Belfast shines at DCAL’s Learning & Innovation Awards

Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centre is delighted to announce that we have been honoured with three awards at the DCAL Learning and Innovation Awards this week.

Carál Ní Chuilín, Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, said:
“The organisations and individuals who have been recognised today clearly demonstrate the important role and contribution of culture, arts and leisure in helping people realise their potential.

“The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure remains committed to proactively changing the patterns of social disadvantage that have existed historically. Together we need to do something very different and take new approaches to overcome systemic barriers to promote equality of opportunity.”

Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centre STEAM Award

Our Digital Storytelling in Enquiry Based Science project won overall in the STEAM category. This project was delivered in partnership with Stranmillis University College and provided student teachers, teachers and primary pupils with digital storytelling skills to help them to help them promote the use of enquiry-based science and the World Around Us.

Dr John McCullagh, Senior Lecturer at Stranmillis, said “We have really enjoyed working with Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centre on this project and are delighted with this award. The award identifies the importance of using digital technology to make primary science more accessible, relevant and exciting for pupils of all ages. The award also marks the significant potential for curriculum development of our having student teachers working alongside classroom teachers. “

Nerve Belfast shines at DCAL’s Learning & Innovation Awards

As a key delivery partner for the Together: Building a United Community – Cross Community Youth Sports Programme (PILOT) we also received the overall winner award in the Collaboration Category.  The pilot highlighted the capacity of sport and creative activities to unite communities, increase confidence and self-esteem and open up a wider world of creative and sporting opportunities for our young people to aspire to.

Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centre DCAL Award

Finally, we also received a Highly Commended Award for our Improving Attendance Pilot Project in partnership with South & East Belfast Education Welfare Service and St. Joseph’s College, Belfast.

The project engaged sixteen Year 9 and Year 10 pupils in varied activities using digital technology. Not only did participation in the project have an impact on their overall attendance at school, it also impacted on pupils’ overall levels of engagement and widened their views on how learning can be enhanced through the creative use of ICT and multimedia.

Sharon Slevin, Senior Education Welfare Officer commented ‘Disengagement from education can be impacted by many factors:  home, school and community and have well documented negative long-term consequences. Our partnership was effective in holistically supporting and creatively engaging these young people in education. It is hoped this piece of work will have long term capacity building outcomes for both the pupils involved and the staff at St Joseph’s.’

Awards were presented at a special ceremony at the Playhouse Theatre in Derry/L’derry on Wednesday the 17th June.

Meabh McCaffrey-Lau, Director of Nerve Belfast CLC, said

“Creativity is frequently defined as the ability to connect things not previously connected and this work would not happen without great partnerships. It’s such a privilege to work alongside our young people, schools, teachers and communities to develop ground breaking innovative programmes that make the right connections to help our young people learn. It’s been wonderful to have our work recognised and celebrated by DCAL.”

The team at Nerve Belfast would also like to offer warm congratulations to our colleagues in the AmmA Centre Creative Learning Centre for winning the Individual Award, and especially to young Jack Delaney, we were so impressed with all your achievements!

Also congratulations to the Creative Centenaries team in the Nerve Centre for achieving overall winner in the Innovation category.

A great day for Creativity and Learning!


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