How to get involved in PPR campaigns over the festive period.

PPR will be closed from December 13th to January 4th. Chloe Trew  |  Fri Dec 10 2021
Build Homes Now campaigners at the International Wall
PPR will be taking a break over Christmas and our staff will be on leave. Here are some ways you can stay involved and get support if you need it.

PPR is a human rights based campaigning organisation working on issues of housing, mental health, welfare, asylum, digital rights and other issues. Our campaigns are led by people who are currently impacted by all of these human rights issues - homeless families, mental health service users, asylum seekers and people claiming social security benefits.

Check our website and associated social media platforms for all the up to date news and how you can get involved - www.nlb.ie

We are not advice workers and do not provide counselling services or advocate on your behalf but we have included some useful information below which may be of assistance.

However, if you have told your story a hundred times and got nowhere, if you are fed up with how you are being treated and want to take a stand we can support you, but it starts with you – it’s not for everyone and we understand if it’s not for you.

Right to Income – The Right to Work: Right to Welfare (R2W) campaign is campaigning for the implementation of a human rights checklist to stop bad decisions which cut peoples benefits and drive them into poverty. Click here to find out more and get involved. You can take a small step now in support of the campaign by using your social media platforms to post this message – ‘I support the #PeoplesProposal’

The benefits system is rigged and routinely denies peoples human rights. We strongly recommend that you DO NOT try to apply for benefits or appeal bad decisions without support. R2W have campaigned in partnership with dedicated advice workers to sound the alarm on human rights failings in the social security system and you can get help from them at East Belfast Independent Advice Centre, Advice North West and Advice NI – just click the names and follow the instructions.

The Minister for Communities, currently Deirdre Hargey MLA, is ultimately responsible for protecting your rights to social security in this jurisdiction.

If you are being badly treated while applying for benefits we recommend you make your problem the Ministers problem right away and monitor how the Minister responds to your complaint. You are entirely within your rights to complain and should in no way be victimised by the Department or social security staff for exercising your rights. Click here to complain to the Minister for Communities. Always start with;‘Please treat this as a formal complaint’. Make sure to tell the Minister your story in your own words and attach any evidence you have of the issue you are experiencing – emails, photos, medical records etc. You also have a right to see all the information held about you by any public authority or subcontractor of a public authority - your GP, Capita the Department for Communities. Finish your complaint by asking for your information – ‘Please provide all information held about me under the terms or the freedom of information and act and GDPR’

If you are up for it, post something on social media saying you have complained to the Minister. Be careful not to post anything that is untrue or could get you into trouble or embarrass you.

R2W produced a toolkit to help you take action to secure the benefits you are entitled to and monitor the response – click here to download the toolkit.

If that doesn't get you any progress you might want us to help you to take a stand - get media attention or legal support for your case. If you do want to get more involved in the Right to Work: Right to Welfare campaign email our campaign organiser; sean@pprproject.org

Lift The Ban – Asylum seekers are banned form working by a hostile environment policy designed in Westminster, administered by the UK Home Office and implemented locally in various ways through various institutions and private agencies. Lift the Ban is a campaign to create a kinder economy and create a hospitable environment through solidarity and action. If you want to get involved or support Lift the Ban please contact elfie@pprproject.org

Housing Rights – Take Back The City is a campaign led by homeless families who are campaigning to see available land and property used to tackle the housing crisis. You can find out more about the campaign by clicking here. You can support the campaign by using your social media platforms to post this message – ‘I support #TakeBackTheCity - #BuildHomesNow’.

The housing system system is broken with tens of thousand of families in housing need, property prices out of control and unregulated private landlords doing whatever they like. There are nowhere near enough homes being built, and the ones that are being built are with the cheapest materials for the highest profits. Our housing system leaves people on a merry go round being told to get more points, pay more rent or change your area of choice. We strongly advise that you DO NOT try to navigate the housing system without support. There are various agencies which offer advice workers in support like the Housing Rights Service – click to get contact information.

If you are fed up telling your story to housing officials and want to take action we can help.

The Minister for Communities, currently Deirdre Hargey MLA, is ultimately responsible for your housing rights in this jurisdiction and the Chief Executive of the Housing Executive has a duty to protect your rights to social housing. If you are being badly treated in our housing system we recommend you make your problem the Minister and the Chief Executive’s problem right away and monitor how they respond. Click here to email your complaint to the Minister. Click here to email the Chief Executive of the Housing Executive. Always start with; ‘Please treat this as a formal complaint’. Make sure to tell the Minister your story in your own words and attach any evidence you have of the issue you are experiencing – emails, photos, medical records etc. Be ready to monitor the response – take notes on what happens next – names, dates, actions. You also have a right to see all the information held about you by any public authority or subcontractor of a public authority – The Housing Executive, Housing Associations, Private landlords, the Department for Communities. Finish your complaint by asking for your information – ‘Please provide all information held about me under the terms or the freedom of information and act and GDPR’

If you are up for it post images of your housing conditions on social media saying you have complained to the Minister. Be careful not to post anything that’s untrue or could get you into trouble or embarrass you – here’s some examples

If that doesn't get you any progress you might want to make a stand and start campaigning – we can help you get media attention or legal support for your case. If you do want to get more involved in the Take Back The City campaign email our housing campaigns organisers marissa@pprproject.org or twasul@pprproject.org

Mental Health Rights -The #123GP campaign is a region-wide network of families bereaved by suicide, people with individual or family experience of mental health services, their carers and allies. They are determined to ensure that their experience of failed services and the tragic loss of loved ones does not happen to anyone else in need of support.

People with direct experience have unrivalled expertise in the causes, impacts, and solutions to mental distress. But this expertise has been silenced. Activists speak of being left without a voice, power or hope as a direct result of their experiences.

The 123GP campaign supports people to find their voice, to take back power and to create hope. It promotes a different story around mental health. Away from an individualised, pathologized way of understanding, towards an approach which addresses the structural causes of distress and trauma. It promotes therapeutic, contextualised and collective responses.

For more information on the campaign contact Sara Boyce, Campaign Organiser - sara@pprproject..org

We do not provide any services for people seeking mental health support or care. You can find out what support services are offered by your Health Trust by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can contact your own GP.

If you or someone you know is experiencing distress or despair you can contact Lifeline on 08008008000 or The Samaritans on 116123.

Chloë Trew is PPR's new Director. Chloë has a particular interest and expertise in participatory approaches to human rights practice. She worked as Participation Officer at the Scottish Human Rights Commission for six years. During this time her focus was on building meaningful, inclusive and purposeful participation of rights holders in the Commission’s work, with a particular emphasis on economic, social and cultural rights. Before working for the Commission, Chloë was Research and Policy Officer at the Scottish Commission for Learning Disabilities.

Chloë is a trustee of Making Rights Real. She holds an LLM in Human Rights Law from the University of Strathclyde, an MSc in Global Ethics from the University of Birmingham and BA Hons in Modern European Languages from the University of Durham.