RUSS School of Community-led Housing presents: How to organise a community housing project

23 April 2017 10:00 - 23 April 2017 17:00
11 Walters Way, Honor Oak Park, London, SE23 3LH
£50 - this includes booking fee, all course materials, access to ongoing networking, lunch, coffee, snacks and a tour of Walters Way.
To Book:
To book click here. Please note that places are limited.

"A highly informative and inspirational community-led housing workshop... I recommend it to everyone!"- Rowan Riley, previous participant

RUSS is a Community Land Trust at the forefront of a community-led housing revolution in the UK. This workshop aims to share the lessons we have learned over the past 5 years with other aspiring community groups, students and housing practitioners, drawing on our experience with the upcoming Church Grove Project in Lewisham.

RUSS has faced many challenges and has come up with creative and robust solutions to gaining access to land to build. RUSS is by no means perfect or finished, but we believe we have some valuable lessons that can be passed on to people who are just starting out on a similar journey. We are now offering Module 1 of what we intend will become a 4 or 5 module course on Community-led Housing. The course will be led by RUSS Founder and Chair Kareem Dayes, and will take place in a self-built home that is part of the visionary 1980s Walter Segal housing community in Honor Oak.

Course outline The workshop will include the following elements.

  • Creating a group - finding people who share your vision

  • Organising - networking and building your membership

  • Communications - creating a strategy

  • Politics - how do local authorities work?

  • Legal issues - land disposal, procurement and competitive dialogue

  • Finance - where is the money?

  • Building a professional team

  • Allocations - deciding who lives in the homes

  • Co-Design

  • Site Visit : tour of Walters Way, Walter Segal’s 1980s self-build project which was the inspiration for RUSS

  • Lunch, tea coffee and snacks are provided

  • Ongoing networking is available