Coole Studios was set up to help provide a New Creative Approach to Community Development for Youth within an area of deprivation.
NACN Coole studios is a youth facility in the Rathcoole Housing Estate in Newtownabbey. It offers young people from across Newtownabbey the opportunity to meet friends, have new experiences, learn new skills and access the support they need to develop and achieve their potential.
Funded by the Paul Hamlin Foundation
We fully understand the Young People when they say that “Not all young people are academically able” however, NACN Coole Studios can provide a Life Long Learning environment for them to bring out and develop their own skills and abilities.
Our aim is simple, to provide young people with a creative approach to youth development, somewhere to go, something creative to do and someone to talk to.
Meet The Board
Our board’s primary responsibility is to govern in the charity’s best interest, contributing their time and individual expertise.
The board oversee's and supports the projects consistently and they are incredibly proud of the work that has been developed and carried out in the studio. The Board also appreciates all the support given to NACN from funders, volunteers, staff and anyone that contributes to the youth projects that are continuously growing and generating success.
What we do !
We deliver workshops to young people interested in the creative arts industry, for 8-25 year olds . We also support the young people to manage live events, create short films, documentary production, performing arts, singing academy, digital media, coding, DJ’ing, WebDesign and have fun but with a learning experience connected to everything they do.
When you come to NACN you can be sure that all our staff are qualified youth and community development practitioners with years of professional experience and a passion for the arts. Each of our sessions offers something different and we like to change them about to suite the needs of the young people.
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have on our Facebook page or visit our contact page for further details on how to get in touch.
NACN is part of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council District and is opened and available to all the community.
Why do we use a Creative Approach?
There is a growing body of evidence that supports the notion that active involvement in creative activities can provide a wide range of benefits, including the promotion of well-being, quality of life and health. Rathcoole is the largest housing estate in Northern Ireland, with a population of approx 7,900, it is also a relatively deprived area that ranked within the top 10% most deprived areas in Northern Ireland. The pattern of declining health is linked with socio-economic status, and people living in disadvantaged areas are more likely to carry the burden of ill health. The population of Newtownabbey faces considerable health concerns including high levels of obesity, teenage pregnancy, anti- social behaviour and mental ill health.
NACN want to provide young people growing up with opportunities outside of school as not all young people can follow the academic route however, many of these young people are highly creative and talented in a wide spread of creative arts.
With support, direction and the NACN provision of creative and digital opportunities, young people in the area with an interest can now feel part of a fast growing, fast moving and exciting community.
Below are some ideas that the young people have discussed which include:
Design and designer fashion
Digital and entertainment media
Film, video and photography
Software and electronic publishing
Television and radio
Music and visual and performing arts
In Northern Ireland, over 36,000 people work in the creative industries or in creative occupations. This represents 4.6 per cent of the workforce. (Source: Creative Industries economic estimates for Northern Ireland 2015)
NI creative industries strategies
The economic strategy for Northern Ireland identifies innovation, research & development and creativity as key economic drivers for future growth.
While the Department for Communities (DfC) is the government lead for the creative industries in Northern Ireland, organisations such as the Arts Council NI and Northern Ireland Screen play a key role in supporting and nurturing the creative industries across the region however grassroots communities fall short of such support.
We aim to empower all our youth and to help them reach their full potential in life.
NACN Coole Studio is a place that youth of today can become leaders in our community tomorrow.
Our kids are already “Something”.....but with support and encouragement will become “Something else” !!
“And it all started with a song"