RUSS holds regular meetings, which offer anyone interested in Community Led Housing a chance to meet and share ideas. Each meeting focuses on a particular topic or area of interest, and encourages attendees to contribute their own experiences. Members and prospective members of RUSS are encouraged to come and lean more about what we’re up to, and how to get involved.
Please do join us from 19:00-20:30 on the third Wednesday of every month.
Wednesday 17 April:
Community responses to a climate emergency
Given Lewisham Council’s recent declaration of a climate emergency, how can we as a community respond locally to what seem to be global challenges?
This month we’ll be joined by Dr Robert Biel, a lecturer on environment, sustainable development and urban agriculture at University College London. Robert is also a practitioner of low-input urban agriculture as well as an activist in the Transition Towns movement, with a particular interest in how the current crisis might act as a trigger for a new community resilience.
Time & Place:
Good Hope Cafe
261 Lewisham High Street, Ladywell, SE13 6AY
Event is free, but it’s always useful to have an idea of numbers, so we encourage people to sign up at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-responses-to-a-climate-emergency-tickets-59612595879
The venue is fully accessible.
Next meeting is on Wednesday 17 April
Past Meetings (2019)
Wednesday 20 March:
With the good weather prompting an early start to the growing season we thought we’d take a break from community housing this month and take a look at community gardening.
Joining us will be Malcolm Cadman from the John Evelyn Garden at the Pepy’s Estate in Deptford (see header image), Maria Devereaux from Wild Cat Wilderness, a community green space in Catford, plus a representative of Lewisham Gardens, who promote community gardening and conservation activities in the Borough.
We’ll be asking what makes these projects tick and looking for inspiration for RUSS’s garden at Church Grove, and projects you’re involved with or inspired to start.
Our meetings are open to anyone interested in Community Led approaches to housing and gardening! RUSS members will be on hand to share information about how to get involved with anyone interested in joining.
Wednesday 20 February: Community Housing Meeting: Learning From Our Neighbours
RUSS member Ted Stevens spent two years travelling Europe, visiting scores of innovative community-led housing schemes.
His talk will showcased the most interesting projects – from Europe, the UK and further afield. View a recording on our blog…
Ted is one of the UK’s leading community-led housing and self-build campaigners. In 2008 he set up the National Custom and Self Build Association, and he chaired it until 2014. He then managed a research programme looking at how Britain could learn from the many innovative community-led housing projects that have been built across Europe. As a Trustee he co-ordinates RUSS’s various fundraising and media activities.
16th January: Community Housing: Walters Way, the inspiration behind RUSS
Our revamped meeting kicked-off with talks from RUSS founder and former chair, Kareem Dayes, and former board member and Walters Way resident, Alice Grahame. We followed this with a practical session that asked attendees how the experienced the housing crisis, and for their ideas for how it can be tackled. There two blogs can tell you more:
- RUSS Community Housing Meeting: Walters Way, the inspiration behind RUSS.
- How do you experience the Housing Crisis?
If you would like to volunteer in any capacity with RUSS, please sign up for membership and then get in touch with a team on our Members’ Online Forum where each team has a dedicated ‘channel’. Alternatively you can contact us at email@example.com
Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS) is a members-led Community Land Trust based in South London, founded in 2009 with the aim of creating sustainable community-led neighbourhoods and truly affordable homes right across London. We hold regular meetings, which offer anyone interested in Community Housing a chance to meet and share ideas. Each meeting focuses on a particular topic or area of interest, and encourages attendees to contribute their own experiences. Members and prospective members of RUSS are encouraged to come and lean more about what we’re up to, and how to get involved.