Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Participation and the practice of rights "Tools for change" winter school, Belfast

Tools for Action
Winter School 2013
Do you want to know how human rights can be used to make change? Learn more about 'Tools for Action' at the PPR Winter School. Learn about organising grassroots groups, find out how change is won… and lost: the anatomy of a campaign and how power responds. 
20th and 21st November, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Places are limited. To register, please complete the online Tools for Action School Application Form before Thursday 14TH NOVEMBER 2013.


“It is the way human rights work should be, but isn’t, done”
Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights speaking on the work of PPR (January 2013)

Since 2006, Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) has worked with people to use human rights in addressing a wide range of social and economic problems relating to social housing, mental health, regeneration, unemployment, and children’s play. As a result, people we have worked with have made real and lasting changes in some of Northern Ireland’s most marginalised communities. Our work has shown us that government decision making which excludes the most vulnerable leads to poor outcomes on the ground. Therefore PPR’s work supports disadvantaged groups to hold government to account, and ensure they play a meaningful role in decision-making processes which affect their lives.PPR’s unique approach to creating change makes use of international human rights standards, community organising, policy work and campaigning. In November 2012 PPR’s approach was recognised by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as a best practice example of how communities can claim their rights. 

What previous participants say:
“There were so many ‘wow’ moments… it feels like scales falling from your eyes.” Alan Cowan, Dundee,  Ardler Surgery Focus Group
“I would rate the summer school as one of the best training sessions I have ever completed." Irene Keane, Belfast, SHINE
“The summer school was a brilliant and inspiring event for me and I am sure for the other participants, it was like a breath of fresh air – just what we need in these times.” Eamonn Keenan, Belfast, PlayBoard NI

PPR is keen to ensure that we can continue to provide sustainable support to grassroots groups for free, so we ask those individuals and organisations who can afford it to pay a contribution for their participation (although this is still heavily subsidised). This will be donated to the Inez McCormack Fund, to enable us to offer bursaries for childcare, travel and subsistence to enable the participation of those who would otherwise not be able to attend. For those attending the Winter School from organisations that have funding, we recommend a £100 contribution per attendee. For waged individuals attending, we recommend a £40 contribution.  A buffet lunch and refreshments are provided as part of the fee. If you have access needs or dietary requirements please let us know when you register.
Find out more about the The Inez McCormack Fund here