Solid Foundations: Community Led Housing Festival

Solid Foundations: Community Led Housing Festival

1st July 2021


A festival of online events showcasing local and national models of community led housing.

Held on: Tuesday July 13th 2021

Community Led Housing is housing which is built or brought back into use by local people, owned or managed by the community, for the community, in perpetuity. This event - hosted by the Cumbria and Lancaster Community Led Housing Hub - provides an opportunity to hear from and talk to some of the groups delivering inspirational housing models that challenge the status quo.

You are welcome to attend as many of the sessions as you like, for free, but you should register on each one individually to ensure that you receive the correct zoom link.

9.30 - 11.00 Session 1: Providing Community Led Affordable Homes

Hear from Charles Ainger, chair of Lune Valley CLT, about their journey to building 20 affordable, low carbon homes for local people in housing need.

Andrew Bibby from Calder Valley CLT will also be joining us to talk about what they have achieved, building affordable bungalows for older people in Walsden and running a successful share offer to extend the impact of what the trust can achieve.

Target audience: Community leaders, those interested in developing Passivhaus homes.

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11.20 - 12.45 Session 2: Planning for later life through cohousing

Chris Coates, chair of local group, Halton Senior Cohousing, will also be joining us to outline their plans to develop 20 pioneering Passivhaus standard homes for people 55 years and over.

We are delighted that Jude Tisdall, of New Ground, has agreed to come and talk to us about how they have achieved their vision. We will hear about what their older womens’ community gains from this approach and how they created their homes in one of the most expensive parts of the country.

Target audience: Anyone in the 50+ age bracket who might consider cohousing as an alternative way of living. Housing associations and LA housing/planning/health leads interested in the benefits of senior cohousing.

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2.00 – 3.00 Session 3: Local plans, local opportunities; communities working with planned development

The cohousing project recently completed at Marmalade Lane, Cambridge, came about when the Orchard Park area of Cambridge was proposed for development. This is an excellent example of determined collaborative working with highly acclaimed results. The 42 home development has won many prestigious awards including the RICS Social Impact Award.

Target audience: LA (housing/planning) officers, developers, architects, those who may want to live in cohousing.

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3.15 – 4.45 Session 4: Upskilling communities & housing people most in need

The Giroscope project in Hull buys and renovates empty properties to create homes for those in housing need. They also add value by training residents through involvement with the renovations. This self-help model is a brilliant addition to the community led housing mix, tackling empty properties and building a more stable economic future for these communities.

Alongside Giroscope, we will hear about the Home Baked CLT movement in Liverpool, transforming an area which was earmarked for demolition into a buzzing community of residents and workers ‘brick by brick and loaf by loaf’.

There will be plenty of time to ask questions about this inspirational work.

Target audience: 3rd sector working with vulnerable adults – staff, volunteers and service users. Housing Associations, community groups.

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