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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 

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

Sat 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. 

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: 

18th - 20th July 2020

26th - 28th September 2020

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

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: 

National Self-Build & Renovation Centre, Lydiard Fields, Great Western Way, Swindon, SN5 8UB

10am to 2pm on Saturday 11th July 2020

Potton Self-Build Academy has a number of online training sessions available here

The online version of an introduction to Self-Build and Finding Land is available online here


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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