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 one-day or two/three evenings 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 are now introducing Module 2, from September 2018. The next workshop dates and venues are:

 

SATURDAY, September 29 2018. 9:30am to 4:30pm

Module 2: From co-design to planning application.

30 places, a 1 day workshop at Borough, London

Venue: CDS C0-0peratives, 7 – 14 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4YR

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

£50, £40 concessions. Eventbrite page will be available soon.

To register an interest in attending future workshops contact us at school@theruss.org

Module 2 is suitable for groups already working on  project, or with the intention of doing so. Attendees would have attended RUSS School Module 1 or be actively involved in a community housing project and have some knowledge of community-led housing.

Module 2 topics typically include:

  • Developing the organisation and its structure
  • Developing the client brief 
  • Building and working with the Professional team 
  • Organisational finance – running costs – general fundraising, grants, loans and their negotiation.  Business Plan.
  • Pre-development finance. Working with funders – reporting.
  • The RUSS model – making it work – crunching the numbers
  • Costing the project – Project management
  • The resident group – maintenance and management, waiting lists
  • Development agreement – negotiating with Councils
  • Working with planners, the local community, agencies. The Planning Application.

 

SATURDAY, January 26 2019. 9:30am to 4:30pm

Module 1: How to set up a Community-led housing project

30 places, a 1 day workshop at Borough, London

Venue: CDS C0-0peratives, 7 – 14 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4YR

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

£50, £40 concessions. Eventbrite page will be available soon.

To register an interest in attending future workshops contact us at school@theruss.org

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 typically 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
    • Procurement and competitive dialogue
    • Finance – where is the money?
    • Allocations – deciding who lives in the homes
    • Communications
    • Ongoing networking

 

 

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