Greenwood on the big screen

The G-channel is taking shape and will appear on Irvine's Big Screen during October.

Prior to the school summer break TCTV began working with Greenwood Academy as part of their ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ Agenda. TCTV have been working with staff and pupils to develop the ‘G Channel’ which will document the ongoing great work within the school and in the surrounding areas.

Pupils will report on the arts, news and sports during their own dedicated section on the TV which will be available in October.

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The big screen in Irvine town centre has been live since July 2014, creating a gathering point in the town centre and adding an extra element to the refurbished Bridgegate public realm. Irvine Bay Regeneration Company, with the support of funding from the Scottish Government, purchased and installed the large (33 square metre) LED public information screen in Irvine Bridgegate as the final part of the recent public realm improvement works. 

The Ayrshire Community Trust (TACT) was contracted by Irvine Bay Regeneration Company and North Ayrshire Council to deliver Town Centre TV with the aim of working with the people of Irvine to develop high quality community information. 

Jack Sutton, Development worker at TACT said, "“it has been fantastic for us to begin working with students and teachers at Greenwood Academy. They are a really forward thinking establishment and this will help us diversify the screen’s content with high quality, community focused material. Their content will cover a range of topics and we are very excited to see how these progress.”

Commenting on the project, Patrick Wiggins Chief Executive at Irvine Bay said, "It's exciting to see young people and community benefiting from the big screen. The vision was that it would be a hub for the community and attract footfall to the town centre. It is doing this and more, providing a continuing focus for community groups to contribute to the regeneration of the area."

As well as the project with Greenwood Academy, TACT have also started working in partnership with Ayrshire College to deliver the work based part of their ‘Step into Employment’ course which will last around 12 weeks and will see 17 young students embark upon a project that will document exciting aspects of Irvine/North Ayrshire. This will lead to programmes for the big screen too.

The group will develop the project and assign roles that help each other develop their confidence in the workplace, they will engage with local people and organisations in order to capture an enticing picture of a vibrant Irvine. The course will give the students the opportunity to film, edit, perform, investigate, discuss and analyse as well as getting involved with their local community, working as a team and event planning.

And very soon Town Centre TV will have a new base in Trinity Church

Following asuccessful application to Scottish Government’s Town Centre Communities Capital Fund to transform the inside of Irvine’s iconic Trinity Church into a digital hub, work has finally commenced. This means that TCTV’s base of operations should be moving in early November at the latest. This will allow them to establish a prominent base in the centre of Irvine. Their aim to us the premises to teach digital skills to volunteers and continue to create top quality content for the screen itself.