Due to the Coronavirus outbreak RUSS has decided to reschedule its current programme of public events, including the talk on 24 March and the workshop planned for 28 March. The events we have planned for April also look like they may need to be postponed. Apologies for this, we will reschedule them in due course.

The Community Housing meeting scheduled for March 26 is also postponed.

About the School:

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 (CLH) 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 a programme of 5 modules, aligned with the 5 stages of CLH development: Group / Site / Plan / Build / Live.

The 5 RUSS modules are:

1 GROUP: Getting Started…RUSS’s experience of setting up a group

2 SITE: Getting Moving…RUSS’s experience of finding a viable site

3A PLAN: Getting Permission…RUSS’s experience of securing planning permission

3B PLAN: Getting Serious…RUSS’s experience of preparing to start on site

4 BUILD: Getting Real…RUSS’s experience of the construction phase

5 LIVE: Getting On…RUSS’s experience of living in a Community Led-Housing Scheme

RUSS has developed 2 workshop modules so far – Module 1 has been run since 2016, and we introduced Module 2 in November 2018. In 2020 we will develop new modules 3A and 3B, as well as offer short training courses in self-building and other skills. Where possible, we will also offer site visits to existing community-led housing projects for discussion and knowledge exchange.

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Forthcoming events later in 2020:

Any inquiries : school@theruss.org

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RUSS School: Shorts

Tuesday 24 March – Cancelled – new dates to be announced in due course

Learning from our Neighbours – Community-led Housing projects from Europe, UK and beyond.

Ticket £10, refreshments included

6:30pm for 6:45pm start. Event ends 8:30pm

Illustrated talk by Ted Stevens on international Community-led Housing projects.

Any inquiries : school@theruss.org

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RUSS School: Workshop

Saturday 28 March – Cancelled – new dates to be announced in due course

Module 1: Getting Started…RUSS’s experience of setting up a group

1 day workshop, £25

Any inquiries : school@theruss.org

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RUSS School: Shorts

Saturday 18 April – Cancelled – new dates to be announced in due course

Community led housing and ageing

Ticket £10, refreshments included

10:30am – 12:30pm.

Talk and discussion led by RUSS member and academic Jim Hudson.

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RUSS School: Workshop

Saturday 25 April Cancelled – new dates to be announced in due course

Module 2: Getting Moving…RUSS’s experience of finding a viable site

1 day workshop, £25

Any inquiries : school@theruss.org

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