Homelessness is a scourge on any society. And it is on the increase. The numbers of rough sleepers in England went up by 16% in the last year alone. People without a home suffer more ill health, both physical and mental, and are among the most vulnerable in our society.
“It takes a village to raise a child” is a proverb which expresses the thought that it takes an entire community to raise a child. Any child has the best ability to become a healthy adult if the entire community takes an active role in the rearing of that child rather than leaving it to one family or parent.
Steve Young is the latest industry specialist to join the YourMK team. Steve, who has 20 years’ experience in the private and public sector, is a “Strategic Asset Manager”. It seems fair to ask exactly what that is, and why we need it.
YourMK is growing, with new experts joining the team to make the business plan a reality . Robert Denby has recently joined us as a Development Manager. We asked him to tell us something about himself and what his role here is.
I’m the director of Create Streets, a social enterprise. We’re a fairly unusual organisation, because we work on the built environment in a wide range of different ways. We do a lot of research into the impact of the built environment on things like wellbeing and happiness.
At the residents event on Fullers Slade recently three companies pitched to be the Independent Advisor for the regeneration programme. After an election, PPCR were chosen. We asked Ron Houston of the company to tell us more about what they do and why.
Browsing through The Independent last week I came across an article by the UK Council of Psychotherapy stating that severe anxiety and depression are on the increase as a result of the cuts to the welfare budget.
Regeneration is now a reality (at least as a consultation process) for the residents of Fullers Slade no matter whether Council Tenant, Private Owner resident, Private Owner rented resident, HMO Resident, Lodger or Housing Association resident.
We are often asked how the regeneration programme will be funded. While we are committed to community led regeneration, it is also obviously crucial that we can fund the plans we develop. There is no point designing any scheme if we do not have the money to pay for it.
An article in the Guardian said recently that regeneration is tough. In fact they said “regeneration has become a loaded, contested term” and that some schemes had been met with “suspicion, cynicism and in some cases even outright hostility”.
Lots of organisations work with charities and good causes locally. They do this because it is a positive contribution to their community, and it can give staff an opportunity to volunteer and develop their skills.
What is it about New Year’s resolutions that often end up making you feel bad about yourself? They tend to focus on doing more of this or less of that, meaning that last year you did too little of this and too much of that.
Lots of organisations work with charities and good causes locally. They do this because it is a positive contribution to their community, and to give their staff an opportunity to volunteer and develop their skills. And there are often, whisper it, tax benefits as well…
Communication can be tricky. But sometimes, it is just because we don’t learn.
For example, we all have relatives that we love, respect and value; but we just don’t feel heard. We give them advice but they don’t seem to listen; we try to help out but always feel on a different wavelength.
YourMK, the company formed this year as a partnership of Milton Keynes Council and Mears Group, has engaged NEF Consulting to help ensure the regeneration programme across the city adds real, measurable social value.
There has never been a greater and more urgent need for a new economy. In response to challenges around housing and rising land prices, many local authorities are moving people in social and council homes out of their communities. YourMK is refreshingly different in their approach to regeneration.
I don’t usually follow celebrity gossip, but it is hard to avoid the Brangelina split announcement this week. After 16 years together and two as a married couple, Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt. Their partnership is over.
I was always a fan of the Lone Ranger. Curled up in front of the black and white telly on a Saturday morning watching the adventures of the man and his horse who fought evil and dispensed justice. For reasons I never really understood he always used a silver bullet. Or rather he never needed to, but seemed to leave one behind as a sort of calling card.
If you have an interest in regeneration or government policy, the terms localism and devolution won’t have escaped you. These concepts have been debated at a local and national level for the past few years but policy alone cannot bring about change. Both rely upon social capital: an increasingly important factor in addressing societal challenges.
Regeneration is all about communities. People often think this means that it is about changing communities; physically re designing or recreating communities. But for YourMK, regeneration is about developing communities.
Regardless of whether you believe that, it’s certainly true that statistics can give a misleading picture or make you feel like you know less than when you started. But others just jump out of the page and demand your attention.
In the past few weeks, in the run up to YourMK going live, you may have heard a lot about regeneration. It’s been on the telly, in the paper, talked about on Facebook and referenced in conversations with residents from across Milton Keynes. But what exactly is regeneration and are we all talking about the same thing?