Inaugural Community Led Housing Festival!

Inaugural Community Led Housing Festival!

10th February 2021

The Cumbria & Lancaster Community Led Housing Hub kicked off their very first CLH Festival online on Wednesday 27th January 2021.

The Hub wishes to extend thanks to everyone who joined us at our inaugural CLH Festival of events and we hope all participants were able to take away something useful from the session(s) attended.

Topics ranged from refurbishment of empty buildings into happy homes; the technical detail of business planning and finances; and the almshouse model of housing for older people – and much more beyond. All of the events were recorded and links to these can be found below.

Fran Richardson, Cumbria & Lancaster CLH Hub Manager enthused: “We are seeing sparks of ideas and inspiration from both individuals and emerging community groups. This is really exciting to see and we are keen to harness these into real-life building projects, which the Hub will support wherever possible. These are not quick and easy projects, but the legacy and impact they can have on a community and wider area can be transformational.”

Lorrainne Smyth, ACT CEO observed: “It’s been really useful to attend some of the Community Led Housing Festival events and to see the enthusiasm and commitment from those participating. Locally managed and truly affordable housing is a key ingredient in sustaining the rural communities of Cumbria, as many of you have told ACT over the last couple of years. Well done to the CLH Hub team for organising it and good luck to those with aspirations to make a difference locally.”

We would be delighted to pick up on any of the conversations we have started, so please keep in touch - and do look out for future housing related conversations to which we would welcome your input. Thank you again to all speakers and attendees for taking the time to be a part of this event.

Wed 27th Jan 10:00 - 11:30 Community Led Housing with Older People [Unfortunately, due to a poor internet connection only the first 30 minutes is available]:

Wed 27th Jan 18:00 - 19:30 Business Planning and Financial Options: Workshop for Active Groups

Thurs 28th Jan 10:00 - 11:30 Building Communities That Work [Unfortunately, due to a poor internet connection only the first 60 minutes is available]: 

Tues 2nd Feb 10:00 - 11:30 Community Led Solutions to Empty Homes and Refurbishment:

Wed 3rd Feb 18:00 - 19:30 Development Options and Partnerships: Workshop for Active Groups: 

Thurs 4th Feb 10:00 - 11:30 Community Led Housing Tackling Affordability

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