GUEST BLOG: PPCR

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.

We are very pleased to be selected by Fullers Slade residents to provide Independent Resident Advisor Services. We met lots of local people at the selection event and look forward to meeting more. PPCR stands for Public Participation, Consultation and Research. We were established in 1989 and have worked with all types of communities looking to have a real say in the regeneration and renewal of their neighbourhoods.

How we work

We are positively committed to successful housing regeneration and refurbishment through empowering local people and have been involved in supporting resident groups and resident led organisations in developing resident empowerment initiatives for over two decades.

From our discussions with people, we know that many Fullers Slade residents feel unsure about what the future holds. We know that people have lots of questions about what regeneration for Fullers Slade will mean. It will be part of our job to work with individuals as well as the whole community to get answers to these questions.

Making the right choices

A central part of our work is to help local people make the right regeneration choices. We work to engage with and support everyone affected by regeneration in an open, transparent and consistent way. We will provide support to help all residents engage at a level that suits them. We will also work to help achieve common ground with YourMK, so that the Fullers Slade regeneration is a success - developing the homes and a place that residents want.

Our 5 key principles

1. Treating residents with respect

2. Consulting with residents in a meaningful way

3. Using plain language and being truthful

4. Being clear about which aspects of the plans are deliverable and which are just ideas

5. Being open about how decisions are made and the opportunity for meaningful resident input

Being accessible and available

As Independent Resident Advisors, a central part of our job is to successfully engage with all sectors of the community living in Fullers Slade. Our aim is to ensure that residents are empowered to take a full part in the regeneration process, through the supply of effective information, training and visits to other schemes.

We’re working out our programme for Fullers Slade and will publish this soon.