Category Archives: Learning Programmes

Local Heritage Team Gets Ready To Go To Press!


The project team learn the professional tricks of the publishing trade!

The project team learn the professional tricks of the publishing trade!

The 1613 And All That! Project team from Focus on Family have had a very busy summer writing their book about the Coleraine Plantation.

“After all our visits to local heritage sites and our trip to London at the beginning of the summer, it was then time to start writing our book,” said Sally Cupples, a key member of Ballysally’s very own Time Team.

“We all wrote something for the book, we all did a bit of research too and I took most of the pictures,” explained Lauren Cupples, the official team photographer . Keen young artist, Ellen Millican, supplied some illustrations too.

This group of local history enthusiasts is being helped by Dr Bob Curran. He is acting as the historical consultant in the book-writing phase of this exciting project which is being generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Over the past couple of weeks, the project team has been working closely with Milne Rowntree of the School of Media, Film and Journalism at UlsterUniversity. Working with the university has been an important part of the book-writing process. The team learned about professional page design and some of the technical aspects of publishing a book.

“We really appreciated the fabulously warm welcome given to us by both Milne and Dr Colm Murphy, Head of School,” said Jane Talbot, the Project Co-ordinator.

The Ballysally-based team is now busy “tidying up” the book ready to submit to the printers. “We’re aiming to have an official launch event in early December – so our next steps are all about planning and marketing the launch. We don’t get to take our foot off the pedal!” exclaimed Sally.

If you want to find out more about the 1613 And All That Project! you can visit their website here


Press Release 5 : Plantation Rocks!


The Plantation Party is in full swing!

The Plantation Party is in full swing!

On August the 14th, 30 young people from the Coleraine area got together at the North Coast Integrated College to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the granting of the town’s Royal charter in an exciting way!

 Young people from NCIC, St Joseph’s, Coleraine College and Dunluce High School were invited to join a “Plantation Party”. The event formed part of a Summer Scheme programme organised by Lorna Gough, Education Community Development Worker.

The day provided an opportunity to get involved in all sorts of inspiring activities that were designed to help gain an insight into the story of the Coleraine Plantation.

The programme, generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, kicked off with a presentation about the history of the Plantation . This presentation was designed and delivered by the 1613 And All That! Project Team ~a community heritage project based at Focus on Family in Ballysally.

 Next up, Dr Bob Curran helped the young people to explore the realities of life in the seventeenth century.

The rapping crew are rocking!

The rapping crew are rocking!

 The rest of the day had fabulous appeal for those with an artistic interest or a talent for performance. Some of the group spent time creating “bricks” for a seventeenth century graffiti wall, whilst the rest of the group rehearsed and performed a Horrible Histories-style rap about the Plantation.

 Lorna will continue to work with the young artists to create a final version of the graffiti wall for an exhibition later in the year. Meanwhile, camera man Danny Gough (who was ably assisted by his brother Lewis) is putting the final editorial touches to a video of the rap.

“It was fabulous working with the young people on the rap,” said Jane, Project Co-ordinator for 1613 And All That! “They were extremely creative : they made some great suggestions and brought really positive energy to the activity.”

Getting word perfect!

Getting word perfect!

If you want to learn more about the 1613 And All That! Project, please visit their website

Ambassador Programme Launching Soon!


It's Going To Be An Incredible Journey!

It’s Going To Be An Incredible Journey!

Monday 22nd April sees the launch of our project’s exciting ” Coleraine Ambassador Programme“. This inspiring 6-day programme is open to all our project members and is all about developing skills to help the project achieve its outcomes – and specifically to develop confidence and knowledge to lead local heritage trails.

Part One : Foundation Programme (4 days)

If you’re registered on the programme, during the foundation programme you’ll get to:

1.Understand yourself and others better.

2. Build and manage relationships in a skilful and sensitive way.

3. Build confidence.

4. Develop communication and presentation skills.

5. Manage your emotions effectively.

6. Build basic coaching skills that you can use to help and support others.

7. Really enjoy learning about heritage, history and life!

Training for the Foundation Programme will be on a Monday at Focus On Family, 9.30 – 4.30pm on the following dates :

Monday 22nd April

Monday 29th April

Monday 3rd June

Monday 17th June

Part 2 : Learning To Lead Heritage Tours (2 days)

To build tour-guiding skills, you will have the opportunity to:

1. Be a  “customer” on a guided tour (so you can watch another guide at work)
2. Be coached through designated tours.This segment of the training is the equivalent of a full dress-rehearsal.

This element of the  training will take place over the months of November and December , with you being ready to lead tours at the end of 2013 / beginning of 2014.


The initial 4-day programme meets the training requirements of the ABNLP (American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming) at Diploma level (4 days) and will also be accredited by the IACTM (International Association Of Coaches, Therapists and Mentors).

Upon successful completion of the initial 4-day programme, you will be eligible for the following certifications :

1.       Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (ABNLP)

2.       Community Coach (Foundation Level) (IACTM)

The possibility of certification as a “Coleraine Ambassador” upon successful completion of the final 2 days is currently being explored with Coleraine Borough Council. In order to be eligible for this award, you will need to have completed the full 4+2 days.

We’ll keep you posted with all learning programme news here : so keep ’em peeled!