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Community Led Housing and Self build - Training Courses

A wide range of courses and training are available for anyone embarking on a Community-Led Housing or self-build project.

Here at Dover District Council we usually provide 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. 

We have postponed our training courses until further notice, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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. Contact our Community Housing team at 

Free training courses provided by DDC

Past courses

Writing '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 & Renovation Show


The National Self-Build and Renovation Centre is holding a National Self Build & Renovation Show on:  

  • 15th - 17th October 2021  

 These events feature an excellent line up of exhibitors and experts on hand to share their advice. This is an unmissable event for anyone thinking of self-building or renovating their home.  

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! 

Book your free tickets on NSBRC website. 

Special measures will be put in place to ensure the centre and show safeguard visitors, exhibitors and staff. NSBRC are working hard to ensure they comply with current guidelines and as such this show will be a little different from previous events. Additional measures will be implemented for the safety of all. 


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: 

Saturday 27th March, 2021

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's Content

Potton have  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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