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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

Financial Viability and Business Planning for Community Led Housing

*Repeat of sessions held in December*

25th March 6-8pm Dover District Council Offices, Whitfield

An overview of how to assess the financial viability of your Community Led Housing project, using the Community Land Trust Viability Tool. This session is at an introductory level and is suitable for people with no previous experience, but a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and access to a laptop is necessary to get the most from the session.

The session will be delivered by Popplett Taylor Consulting.

Free to attend, prebooking required.

This session is delivered in small groups and is always fully booked. If you book a place and find you will be unable to attend, please remember to cancel your booking to give someone else the opportunity to attend. Thank you!

Overview of the Development Process for Community Led Housing

*Joint session with Thanet DC and Canterbury CC. All welcome!*

25th April 2019 at Thanington Resource Centre - 5.30-8.30pm

(This is a repeat of the session held in Deal on 17th November.)

A perfect introductory level course for people from groups with little or no construction experience. Your trainers from Urban and Rural Architects will take you through the development process - with emphasis on the Planning process and getting the project ready to go out to tender.

Free to attend. Pre booking is required as places are limited.

This session is being run jointly between Dover DC, Thanet DC and Canterbury CC. All are welcome to attend!

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. 

Courses offered by external organisations

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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