Starting Tuesday 13 October, Wessex Community Housing Hub is producing a free 8-part weekly webinar series, for residents of the Wessex area (Dorset, Somerset and Devon). All are welcome to join as we work through the various stages of community-led housing, from group formation through to day-to-day living.
Wessex Community Assets has partnered with Stir to Action to deliver what we hope to be compelling and inspiring hour-long insights into the nitty gritty of setting up and running community-led housing projects. This eight-part webinar series is part of the Hub’s continuing support for groups through the various stages of community housing.
Wessex Community Housing Hub is a new initiative giving local groups the support they need to develop innovative community-led solutions to housing.
To launch the Hub, we planned six free events in March and April 2020 across Dorset and Somerset to introduce people to what the hub can offer, and how you can get involved. After two events the global pandemic prevented further in-person events and we quickly moved online and delivered five webinars instead.
Following their success, this series aims to support existing and future groups working through the five stages of community housing: group formation, finding a site, planning, building and, of course, living!
As well as the community-led housing curious, we’re looking forward to seeing local councillors, officers, and community partners in the room, alongside representatives from successful community housing groups who will be on hand to share their experiences of setting up their own community-led housing initiatives.
As part of a national strategy to transform the housing sector, Wessex Community Assets (WCA) has become one of 26 ‘enabler hubs’ in the country. The Community Led Homes Enabler Hub Grants Programme aims to expand the network of specialist regional organisations, helping groups of local people to develop their own community-led housing solutions. The programme has been funded by the Community Housing Fund from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, which is increasing our capacity to provide even more support to local housing projects in Somerset, Dorset, and Devon.