The professional skills of an architect have been made available to community groups through the innovative Birmingham ProHelp group.
The sessions with architects is the latest initiative for the group, that has run a series of professional seminars and workshops to help community organisations better understand and manage some of the issues that they have to face in order to ensure their long term sustainability.
ProHelp Architects were the latest to get in on the act by supporting an advice surgery under the banner of Architects in the House.
Community groups were offered the opportunity to book an ‘appointment’ with an architect and go along for an initial consultation with a view to providing some longer term support if it was needed.
David Mahony, of PCPT Architects, Tim Richardson, of the David Wilson Partnership and Noel Street, from SMC Corstorphine & Wright, were the consultants on the day. The challenges they faced included advice on procurement, planning, building control and CDM regulations for planned refurbishments, reviewing draft plans that did not meet the community needs, general advice and support and ideas generation.
The architects all agreed this was an enjoyable and pro-active way of making a direct contribution to support local community organisations. Robert Lawley of Cornerstone – a social action programme into local communities – said after his appointment: "This is a very good service for charities who can often work in ignorance and haven’t always got the resources to obtain professional advice."
ProHelp members KPMG LLP (Business Planning), Golley Slater (Public Relations), Barques Design (marketing) and Eversheds LLP (legal matters) have all enjoyed their involvement in the ProHelp programme that has offered advice and support to more than 50 community groups. One of the latest companies to help was Bevan Brittan LLP, hosting an employment law seminar for more than 20 community representatives.
Do you need a better understanding of legal issues surrounding the Disability Discrimination Act, Property management, what it means to be incorporated?
If so come along to the next ProHelp seminar on Thursday, June 14, to be hosted by Eversheds LLP.
If you would you like to use your professional skills to make a difference and support your CPD accreditation, join ProHelp.
To book for the seminar or for more information on how your company can get involved with ProHelp contact John Guilford via email email@example.com or call 0247 620 3717/0778 680 0124.