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Community Led Housing and Self build - Training Courses and Events


A wide range of courses and training is available for anyone embarking on a community led housing or self-build project.

Here at Dover District Council we are providing at least one free training session per month on a range of topics to help anyone interested in Community Led Housing or self-build. These sessions are open to all, but spaces are limited and pre booking is required.

Many expert organisations also offer courses, some of which are subsidised or free of charge. For courses where there is a charge, the DDC Community Housing Grants Scheme can provide funding if the intended project will provide community led affordable housing in the district.

We want to hear from you if there is any training you would like us to arrange, or if there is any information about a course which you would like to share with other groups who are looking to deliver community-led housing.

Free training courses provided by DDC

Setting up your Community-Led Housing group

*Repeat of session held 3rd November*

20th May at Dover District Council White Cliffs Business Park, Whitfield 6pm-8pm

Introductory course for anyone interested in setting up a Community Led Housing project. Especially suitable for new community groups with little or no experience. The course will provide an overview of the processes required to set up your community-led housing group. The session will be lead by Sarah Thomas of Red Zebra. 

Free to attend but pre booking required.

Click here to book your space on Setting up your Community-Led Housing group

Courses and events offered by external organisations

Writing Funding Applications - 22nd May - Whitstable

Join Red Zebra Community Solutions as they explain where to start when writing funding applications, what information to include, how to explain things to the funder, and so on.

The session will cover:

  • Planning your application
  • Evidence – why is your project needed?
  • Outcomes and impact – what difference will you make?
  • Tips and hints / do’s and don’ts

Date and Time: Wednesday 22 May 2019, 10am – 1pm
Venue: Red Zebra Head Office, 124 Middle Wall, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1BW
Price: £30

NSBRC Self build course, NSBRC, Swindon 11th-13th May

As part of Self Build Week, you can get £25 off the £395 price for the three day Self Build Course at the centre. This comprehensive course covers every element you’ll need to consider to build: budgeting and finance,  land, design and spec, systems and construction methods, planning issues, building regs, trades and contracts, project management and eco choices. Plus you’ll get a free one-year subscription to SelfBuild and Design magazine, worth £36!

National Self Build and Renovation Show, NSBRC, Swindon 17th-19 May

The National Self Build and Renovation Show will be running live demonstrations, seminars and experts on site to help advise you with your project. Pre-Book to get your free tickets! 

Stronger Kent Communities - All training sessions £10 For booking and more information go to

Tendering and procurement - 27th June - Canterbury and District Early Years Project, Canterbury

Fundraising from Grant Making bodies - improving your applications - 4th July - Capel Le Fearne Village Hall

The Accidental Fundraiser - 24th July - Swale CVS, Sittingbourne

Evidencing Need 18th Sept - Marlowe Innovation Centre, Ramsgate

Community Led Housing Groups are reminded that their training costs and travel expenses to attend courses run by external groups may be covered the DDC Community Housing Grants Scheme - for further details see the Community Housing Grants Scheme page.


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