What is Amplify NI?
Good question! Amplify NI is an initiative to support people in Northern Ireland take action together, to create fairer communities where everyone can thrive. You can read more about us and our approach, values and team by taking a look through the other pages on this site.
What is social innovation?
We define social innovations as new approaches to addressing social needs: they are ideas and actions that bring about positive social change in a way that hasn't been done before. Social innovations can emerge in an incredibly diverse range of ways (for example as services, products, activities or networks) and in many different fields of interest (from healthcare, education and housing to technology, arts and community organising and development).
Who are you funded by?
The Big Lottery Fund have funded Amplify NI from 2015 -19. Their mission is to support the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK, and they are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery. Amplify have also been supported by the Building Change Trust and Belfast City Council.
Does Amplify take place in other locations?
Amplify NI focuses its activities in Derry~Londonderry, Enniskillen and Belfast, but we aim to build this network across Northern Ireland to ensure that people across the region are able to participate or access support. If you live in another part of Northern Ireland and would like to get involved, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Young Foundation facilitates a number of other Amplify programs taking place across the UK and internationally. For more information please visit The Young Foundation website.
What is ethnographic and participatory research?
Ethnographic research is the study of a culture or society. It brings together people’s accounts of their experiences and observed insights and so can offer a rich and detailed interpretation about how and why communities work in the way that they do.
Participatory research is an approach to research that blurs the boundaries between who is the 'researcher' and who is the 'research subject'. It recognises that people who belong to the communities that are being researched can and should be actively involved in developing and shaping the research process, rather than only being expected to respond to the questions or agenda that has already been decided by someone else.
We find these tools really useful for people and communities working to bring about social change so we chat about them and how they can be used in our Community Powered Change Sessions.
What is the Amplify Exchange?
Amplify Exchange is a network for people we have worked with that provides ongoing project mentoring, funding advice and networking opportunities. Find out more about it here.
How can Amplify help?
We provide support in many different ways. We run Community Powered Change Sessions that highlight useful tools for thinking about creating social change in your community and we can provide tailored sessions for you or your group; find out more about our sessions here. We also run a structured People’s Accelerator Programme, which provides social innovation support and the tools and mentoring needed to help individuals and communities develop and sustain their ideas for social change, find out more about our programme here. We also run the Amplify Exchange network for people we have worked with that provides networking opportunities, advice and mentoring, find out more information here. Amplify NI provides tailored support to groups who want to make positive social change in their community, find out more about this here.