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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

Writing 'winning' Funding Applications 

Saturday 7th September 9.30am-1pm PART 1 - Westmarsh Village Hall, Wass Drove, Westmarsh, Kent CT3 2LU 

Saturday 21st September 9.30am-1pm PART 2 - Westmarsh Village Hall, Wass Drove, Westmarsh, Kent CT3 2LU 

This course looks at the opportunities for raising money from the more than 4,000 grant making trusts and foundations in the UK. As competition for funding becomes greater, organisations need to ensure that they maximise their chances of success by preparing the type of applications that funders want to see. This course will cover the most difficult questions that funders ask and how to research and prepare compelling answers. The sessions will be led by Kathy Roddy from Medway Voluntary Action. 

The venue is accessible and offers free parking. The event is free but pre-booking is required. 

Click here to book your ticket for Writing 'winning' Funding Applications PART 2. 

Courses and events offered by external organisations

Locality Convention 19'

12-13 November 2019, The Queens Hotel, Leeds. 

Locality’s annual Convention is the biggest community sector event of the year for people who believe in the power of community. Their two-day programme has been created in partnership with community organisations and front-line experts from across the country. You won’t want to miss out! Locality Convention ‘19 offers unique access to the most inspiring and pioneering leaders, policy makers, thinkers and doers, whose ambitious work is transforming our communities. Convention 19' unites these national and local forces to harness their collective knowledge, address today’s critical issues and discover new solutions. 

You will learn how to grow your knowledge and skills, get connected, influence the bigger picture, and celebrate the power of community by becoming inspired about how the work of community organisations transform lives across the country. Ticket prices vary and an early bird discount of 20% off is offered until 31 July 2019. All prices are inclusive of VAT. 

Locality community member prices: One-day ticket: Early bird: £162 / Full price £198. Two-day ticket: Early bird: £228 / Full price £282.

Non-Locality member prices: One-day ticket: Early bird: £270 / Full price £330. Two-day ticket: Early bird £378 / Full price £462.

You could save up to 50% off your ticket price by becoming a Locality Member! Locality are also offering a bursary - eligibility criteria apply, please visit their website for further details. 

The National Self-Build and Renovation Show 2019 

 The National Self-Build and Renovation Show, Swindon M4 Junction 16, 18th - 20th October 2019

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! Or £12 per person on the day. Free Parking! 

Potton Self-Build Academy 

Introduction to Self-Build and Finding Land

If you are considering self-build for the first time or still searching for a plot, then this seminar provides an essential introduction to the process, covering key topics including finding land, designing your home, getting planning permission and how to build a timber frame home.
This seminar will provide you with all the information you need to start your self build journey and is available at two locations;

Self Build Show Centre, Mill Lane, Little Paxton, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 6EF - Friday 12th July 2019 and Saturday 28th September 2019. Both days run from 10am - 2pm. 

National Self-Build & Renovation Centre, Lydiard Fields, Great Western Way, Swindon, SN5 8U - Saturday 10th August 2019 and Saturday 19th October 219. Both days run from 10am - 2pm. 

Stronger Kent Communities 

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

Evidencing Need 18th Sept - Marlowe Innovation Centre, Ramsgate

Build It Live! 8th & 9th February 2020 

The show we will be providing the fundamentals to kick start your self-build or renovation project. It will provide a whole weekend of inspiration and expert guidance as well as real life stories. There will be essential workshops and seminars, one-to-one appointments with leading experts and industry leading suppliers who will be demonstrating both cutting-edge and traditional products.


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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