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?

The 5 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 2019 we will develop new modules 3A and 3B, as well a 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.

Forthcoming events 2019:

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POSTPONED to October 2019

RUSS School – day trip: Bristol

Day trip to visit 3 inspiring community-led housing projects in Bristol.

You will need to arrange your own transport to Bristol (by train or car).

Updated details for October coming shortly.

 

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Saturday 7 September, 2019

Module 2:

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

1 day workshop, 9:30am to 4pm.

£25

Venue: 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.

Topics for the Workshop

Introduction & Re-Cap

Project Design

Accessing Land

Feasibility & Financial Viability

 

Presenters

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 28 September 2019.

 

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Saturday 28 September, 2019

Module 1:

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

1 day workshop, 9:30am to 4pm.

£25

Venue: 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.

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 for the Workshop

Introduction

Creating a group

Legal structures

Introduction to Land

Working with Local Authorities

Introduction to Project Finance

RUSS Right Now

 

Presenters

Kareem Dayes, RUSS Founder and former Chair

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

Anne Kennedy, RUSS School workshop organiser

 

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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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