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 November 2018. The next workshop dates and venues are:

 

SATURDAY, November 17 2018. 9:30am to 5:00pm (postponed from September 29 2018)

Module 2: From proposal to planning

25 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. Teas & coffees provided, byo lunch or eat locally.

£50, £40 concessions.

Here is the booking page for Module 2

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 wishing to develop a community-led housing project, with or without a specific site in mind. Module 2 gives a very clear overview of the work, people, resources and finance needed. RUSS will share its experience of the 27 months it took achieve this – reviewing barriers, mistakes and delays with a second project in mind.

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 profiles are here

Jon Broome, Architect & self-builder

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

Chris Carthy, Architect and project manager

Kareem Dayes, founder and former Chair of RUSS, community organiser

Anne Kennedy, workshop organiser and RUSS volunteer, former RUSS Secretary

You will find the timetable for the day here

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, please see the Eventbrite page for the next Module 1 workshop which will take place on Saturday 26 January 2019.

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

 

SATURDAY, January 26 2019. 9:30am to 5:00pm

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. Teas & coffees provided, byo lunch or eat locally.

£50, £40 concessions.

Click to book the next Module 1 workshop .

 

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

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

 

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