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Community-Led Housing Virtual Workshops -

20th April 2021

The Build Stage of your community led housing project

The best stage of your community led housing project is when it goes ‘live’ – that exciting time when the project is complete and people start to live in the properties.

Who should attend this workshop?

This workshop is for anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of the ‘live’ stage of a community led housing project, but also anyone at any stage of the process who wants to better understand what happens once the project is complete. Even if you are at the beginning of your community led housing journey, it’s important to consider from the start what will happen to the properties once they are built.

What will you learn?

In this session we will cover:

  • Running your group
  • Managing your homes
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Rents and service charges
  • Lettings and sales
  • Complaints

There will be an informative presentation from an accredited advisor, followed by an inspiring presentation from Tude Tisdall, one of the members living in the Older Womans Cohousing community in North London. A Q&A session will be held following both speakers.

We think it’s important to demonstrate success and therefore we include speakers with lived experience of the community led housing process, many of whom are now living in the homes they helped create.

North Yorkshire & East Riding Community-Led Houisng Hub can help you answer these questions and more. They support all Community-Led Housing Groups in the area, through the process, from trained advisors.

Join us for the sixth in our series of workshops: Live stage of the CLH process

Date: Thursday 9th Septmber

Time: 7 - 8.30pm

This is one in a series of free Zoom workshops which will talk you through the principles of building community-led housing. 

We will have guest speakers who will be sharing their lived experience of buildingnhokes for a community led housing project, as well as a Q&A session.

This event is open to anyone, but of particular interest to communities, parish councils or individuals interested in learning more about how to get started in community led housing.

You can find out more about the workshop and register here

If you have any questions about the workshop please email

The workshop is run by

Peter Hirschfeld, Angela Walmsley and Sarah Hart -  from the North Yorkshire & East Riding Community-Led Housing Hub.

Feel free to circulate this invite to any of your contacts who may be interested in attending.

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