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Community Led Housing and Self build - Training Courses

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

Past courses

IMG_0045Writing 'winning' Funding Applications

This course looked 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 covered the most difficult questions that funders ask and how to research and prepare compelling answers. The sessions were led by Kathy Roddy from Medway Voluntary Action. 

Courses and events offered by external organisations

The National Self-Build and Renovation Centre 


The NSBRC is launching a series of free self-build & renovation webinars in April in partnership with NACSBA. They will be covering budgeting, land, planning, building regs an more! To receive an invite simply sign up to their newsletter

The National Self Build and Renovation Centre is offering a 3 day course for those people contemplating a self build project.

Before you build your home, build your knowledge! Covering 11 topics in total the informal workshops make use of the superb practical exhibits available in the Centre to provide attendees with a level of knowledge which guarantees their projects will go more smoothly.

The 3 day course costs £395 per person. Advanced booking is required. For further information call 0345 2234455

The Self Build Course Dates: 

31st October - 2nd November 2020

The National Self Build & Renovation Show

Friday 16th October 2020 to Sunday 18th October 2020

09:00 to 17:00 each day

Three days packed full of live demonstrations, seminars and an unrivalled line up of experts on hand to share advice. 

For Free tickets book online in advance, otherwise £12,00 per person on the door. 

The NSBRC is located on junction 16 of the M4. Parking is plentiful and free!  

Potton Self-Build Academy 

Introduction to Self-Build and Finding Land Webinars 

If you are considering self build for the first time, or are still searching for a plot, then this webinar provides an essential introduction to the process. It covers key topics including finding land, designing your home, getting planning permission, and how to build a timber-frame home.

This webinar will provide you with all the information you need to start your self-build journey. The date for the next webinar is: 

Friday 2nd October 2020 

Upcoming webinar date:

Friday 6th November 2020 

There is a YouTube video available from Potton Self-Build academy which provides the an overview of the Introduction to Self-Build and Finding Land. 

Potton Self-Build Academy are appearing soon on Facebook LIVE ...

Join Potton's Managing Director, Mark Stevenson, and our Self Build Director, Paul Newman, in a Facebook LIVE session:

15th September 2020 - De-Mystifying the Planning Process

All sessions start at 7.30pm @

Potton have plenty more content planned for the coming weeks and are trying hard to come up with new ways to help and inspire you - so be sure to follow them online and on Facebook. 


Build It Live! Sat 6th & Sun 7th February 2021 

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. A standard visitor ticket is £12.00, further information on the types of ticket available are on the Build It Live webpage. 

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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