RUSS has set up a School of Community-led Housing offering individuals, community groups and housing professionals the chance to learn from RUSS’s many years of experience and gain information about how to set up a community-led housing project. The School offers workshops which are interactive, with exercises designed to stimulate discussion around the issues of community-led housing.

RUSS doesn’t have all the answers but it has found creative and robust ways to gain access to land on which to build, and is keen to share its learning and inspire others. The workshops also are a great opportunity to meet others interested in joining or forming community housing groups.

Community-led housing is a way for local communities to address their housing needs by producing their own decent and affordable homes. It is increasingly seen as a viable alternative for those whose housing needs are not met by the mainstream housing market. But how can communities and individuals access community-led housing? How do you set up and maintain a group, find land, organise finance and negotiate with local authorities?

RUSS has developed 2 workshop modules so far – Module 1 has been run since 2016, and we introduced Module 2 in November 2018. In 2019 we will develop new modules, as well a offer short training courses in self-building and skills. We also plan to arrange site visits to existing community-led housing projects for discussion and knowledge exchange.

 

Forthcoming events:

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Saturday 10 August, 2019

RUSS School – day trip: Bristol

Day trip to visit inspiring community-led housing projects in Bristol.

Tickets include mini-bus transport to and from south London to Bristol, and visits to 3 sites. It may also be possible to join the group in Bristol, numbers allowing.

Booking details and costs to be announced shortly. Limited tickets so plan to book early!

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Saturday 7 September, 2019

From vision to pre-planning (RUSS School Module 2)

1 day workshop, 10am to 4pm.

£25

The venue will be confirmed closer to the time – we hope to run the workshop at the new

RUSS Self-build Community Hub, Church Grove, Ladywell, London SE13 7UN

OR, if this is not possible, we will run the workshop at:

CDS Co-operatives, 7-14 Great Dover Street, Borough, London SE1 4YR

 

The format is informal, classroom style, allowing easy interaction and discussion. Teas & coffees provided, byo lunch or eat locally.

This one-day workshop is the second module in our education programme. It covers the actions required to take the project from a vision to the pre-planning stage.

Module 2 is suitable for individuals or groups actively working to develop a community-led housing project, with or without a specific site in mind. Module 2 gives a clear overview of the work, people, and resources needed to move a community-led vision into being a viable housing project. RUSS will share its experience of the 27 months it took to achieve this part of the Church Grove project – reviewing barriers, mistakes and delays.

RUSS is a volunteer-led Community Land Trust based in south London, founded in 2009 with the mission of creating sustainable neighbourhoods and genuinely affordable homes.  In June 2018, RUSS was granted planning permission for 33 homes at Church Grove, Ladywell, south east London. It will be London’s largest affordable self-build housing project.

 

Speakers

Jon Broome, Architect, author & self-builder

Emma Gittus, Director at Bringelly, community-led housing project specialist

Chris Carthy, Architect and project manager

Anne Kennedy, RUSS School workshop organiser

Attending Module 1 before this workshop is advisable but not essential.  If you would like to attend module 1, which covers the early stages of a project, the next Module 1 workshop will take place on Saturday 29 September 2019.

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Saturday 28 September, 2019

How to set up a community-led housing project (RUSS School Module 1)

1 day workshop, 10am to 4pm.

£25

Venue: RUSS Self-build Community Hub, Church Grove, Ladywell, London SE13 7UN

The format is informal, classroom style, allowing easy interaction and discussion. Teas & coffees provided, byo lunch or eat locally.

Module 1 is suitable for individuals or groups interested in setting up a community-led housing project, or wanting to know more about the sector and RUSS’s story and actions. This is a ‘start-up’ level workshop.

Topics include:

    • Creating a group – finding people who share your vision
    • Organising – networking and building your membership
    • Land – where to find it
    • Local authorities – how to work with them
    • Finance
    • Crowdfunding
    • Ongoing networking

Attendee profile for Module 1:

  • Individuals or groups looking for an affordable home solution
  • Individuals or groups wanting to develop a community-led housing project/campaign
  • Individuals or groups looking for a community-led housing solution for a specific area
  • Individuals or groups curious about community-led housing, CLTs etc
  • Individuals or groups curious about self-build
  • Council staff and consultants wanting to know more about community-led housing
  • Students and Architects interested in affordable housing, self-build, housing economics, community organising…

Booking details will be posted on Eventbrite in May 2019

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To register an interest, or ask any questions about attending future events, please contact us at school@theruss.org

 

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