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Weekly community-led housing group skills workshops until 12 December 2018

Are you involved in creating a housing community? Want to create a strong group? Want to build a community that is nourishing and practical, enabling and effective?

There are ways to enjoy finding the answers to these questions! BHCLT member Marcela López Levy, is running FREE weekly drop-in workshops on group skills, once a month combining with a BHCLT social. The dates of the socials are the 21 November and 12 December. This is a good opportunity to learn and practice community-building and project management skills in a supportive environment. Bring your experience and your questions.

Workshops will run every Wednesday, 6.30pm-8.00pm, until 12 December. They will take place in The Lord Nelson pub.

For more details contact groupwork@playen.net.

The workshops are free, but we require participants to become BHCLT members (fee £1). Join here: bhclt.org.uk/membership

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Group skills workshop: How to attract and keep members

Are you involved in creating a housing community? Want to create a strong group? Want to build a community that is nourishing and practical, enabling and effective?

There are ways to enjoy finding the answers to these questions! BHCLT member Marcela López Levy, has offered to run weekly drop-in workshops on group skills, combining with a BHCLT social once a month. This is a good opportunity to learn and practice community-building and project management skills in a supportive environment. Bring your experience and your questions.

These workshops are taking place every Wednesday until 12 December, 6.30-8.00pm at the Lord Nelson pub, 36 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, BN1 4ED.

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Which organisational form should your community-led housing group choose? – Video

On 12th June 2018, Andrea Jones (Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust) and Laura Moss (Wrigleys Solicitors) gave a workshop on organisational forms for community-led housing groups.

Andrea gave the first half which covered issues of ownership, power and decision-making and draws on Andrea’s PhD research data and the experiences of local community-led housing groups. Watch her half below:


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Which organisational form should you choose?

Choosing an organisational form and legal structure can be confusing which is why we are running this free workshop on Tuesday 12 June, 2-5pm in Brighton.

The first half will cover general issues of ownership, power and decision-making, led by Andrea Jones and Peter Clarke from Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust. They will draw on Andrea’s PhD research data and the experiences of local groups.

The second half of the workshop will be led by Laura Moss from Wrigleys Solicitors and will cover the more technical and legal implications and options.

There will be plenty of time to ask questions.

We have limited places available. Please email admin@bhclt.org.uk as soon as possible to find out more and sign up.

The workshop is free, but we require participants to become BHCLT members (fee £1). Join here: bhclt.org.uk/membership

The workshop room is accessible by lift and there is an accessible toilet on same floor; the room has mostly natural light with some strip lighting. If anyone requires a BSL interpreter to enable them to participate, please let us know as soon as possible and we will do our best to hire one. Also if anyone requires large print handouts of the slides so they can follow during the presentation, we will do our best to get them from the speakers.

Our groups guide has a range of resources to help with community-led housing projects. You can download it here.

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A guide to getting your group ready

We have produced a short guide to help groups know if they are ready to buy land or push ahead with developing their housing project. It will help groups think about what they need to do in order to take their housing plans forward and could be useful in helping you plan and structure your activities.

The guide includes a list of local and national resources to find out more about co-operatives, custom and self-build, cohousing, financial planning and intentional communities of varying kinds. We will be publishing a more detailed version of the guide, here on our website, later this year.

Download the groups guide here.

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