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RUSS School of Community-led Housing
Sun 23 April 2017, 10:00 – 17:00 BST
RUSS School of Community-led Housing presents: How to organise a community housing project
A one-day workshop on community-led housing on Sunday 23rd April.
"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.
The workshop will be hosted at 11 Walters Way, Honor Oak Park, London, SE23 3LH. 10am - 5pm.
There are only 20 places available for this session. Lunch will be provided.
The cost is £50 and this includes booking fee, all course materials, access to ongoing networking, lunch, coffee, snacks and a tour of Walters Way.
The course is delivered by visionary RUSS founder Kareem Dayes and other RUSS organisers, who are donating their time. All course fees will go towards RUSS achieving its first housing project. RUSS is a registered charity.
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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
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
The lead tutor is RUSS founder and chair Kareem Dayes.
Kareem is a musician and founder of RUSS. He is the trustee overseeing the process of building RUSS's Church Grove site, a development of 33 homes in Lewisham, as well as being the Chair of the RUSS Board of Trustees. Kareem is often asked to talk about RUSS and housing issues in the media and with policy-makers.
“I was fortunate enough to grow up in Walters Way and helped my dad to renovate our home to be energy self-sufficient. This experience coupled with living in Sanford Housing Co-op for 3 years has inspired me to help create a new community-led housing scheme, RUSS. I have lived in Lewisham all my life and aspire to building another housing project our community can be proud of.”
The Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS) is a volunteer-led Community Land Trust based in south London, founded in 2009 with the aim of creating sustainable neighbourhoods and genuinely affordable homes. We have a busy calendar of events led by our 500+ members and an ambitious development plan. Our mission is to reduce our communities’ dependence on fossil fuels, increase food security, encourage bio-diversity and provide affordable housing for Londoners.