Community engagement and community-led housing – video

On 27 September, Keith Brown (Community Organiser for Nationwide) and Sam Kinch (Heart of Hastings) gave a workshop on how to get the wider community involved in a community-led housing project. They are both community organisers that are trying to build a community, not just houses.

Keith Brown gave the first half and talked about how he is working to build community around Oakfield Campus, a significant new housing development in Swindon. His role is to ensure those living locally are supported to have their say on the number and mix of properties to be built, and to help create positive change in their neighbourhood. Watch his half below:


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The second half of the workshop was led by Sam Kinch about how the Heart of Hastings project has – and intends to continue – to build, purchase or renovate housing across Hastings that will remain affordable forever. They are using innovative approaches to community ownership and community-level social investment. Watch his half below:


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Slides

By Keith Brown

By Sam Kinch

More information

Find out more information about Keith Brown and the plans for the new community on the Oakfield Campus in Swindon on the Nationwide website. Find also blogs by Keith Brown where he reflects about community organising on the nationwide website.

Find out more about Heart of Hastings on their website. Find their contact details there – Sam was very open for people to visit Heart of Hastings or Community Land Trusts or community-led housing groups to talk to him about what they are doing.

See the resources section of our website for videos from many other relevant workshops.

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