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Community Led Housing and Self Build - Training Courses

Free Training Courses provided by DDC

A wide range of courses and training sessions are available for anyone embarking on a community-led housing or self-build project. Here at Dover District Council (DDC) we usually provide at least one free training session per month on a range of topics for anyone interested in community-led housing or self-build housing. If you’d like to suggest dates, times or topics for future training sessions, please share your thoughts with us. Or, if you'd like to provide some detailed feedback, please email us at

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.

Community-Led Housing Forum

The Community-Led Housing Forum, hosted by Dover District Council is returning with monthly sessions resuming online on 22 February 2022, and will continue on the last Thursday of each month.

Anyone with an interest in Community-Led Housing is welcome to join the informal discussion. Each session will give you a chance to network with other Community-Led Housing groups, learn from a group with completed development and learn about a new funding route.

When: 24 February 2022 at 6:30 to 8pm

Where: Online, via Microsoft Teams

Cost: Free

Register here to receive the link via email on the day of each session. The link to join will also be published on the DDC Website, DDC social media and Keep Me Posted.

Courses and Events Offered by External Organisations

Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust

Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust hold a monthly meet up on the first Wednesday of each month. Details to join the meeting are on their website

When: 2 February 2022 at 6:30pm

Where: Online, via Zoom

Cost: Free

My Community

My Community offer two great step by step guides for those interested in developing Community-Led Housing. 

This is a guide for groups who are considering a particular community-led housing project and looking for practical advice on how to progress it. It can be used by new groups starting a project from scratch or by existing community groups branching out into community-led housing.

This is a guide for groups who have decided to develop a community-led housing project and are looking for practical advice on how to plan it. It can be used by newly established groups, or by existing community groups interested in branching out into the delivery of a community-led housing project.

Use it to help you with planning the detail of your project, but because all projects are different, the advice contained in this guide won’t be definitive. There will be times when you will need to seek further advice or make a judgment about something. That’s part and parcel of a community led housing project.

The Self Build Course

These events feature an excellent line up of exhibitors and experts on hand to share their advice. 

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

When: 12 March 2022 to 14 March 2022  (9am to 5:30pm)

Cost: £395

Build It Live 2022 - Build It

These events feature an excellent line up of exhibitors and experts on hand to share their advice. Meet Build Its team of experts face to face and receive one-to-one advice for your project, plus see thousands of specialist products under one roof.

When: Sat 5 Feb 2022 to Sun 6 Feb 2022

Where: Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone, ME14 3JF

Cost: £12

Potton Self-Build Academy

Potton Self-Build academy has made a video available which provides the an overview of the Introduction to Self-Build and Finding Land

They also offer weekly webinars, you must register in advance, find out more by clicking on each course title.

When: Fortnightly on Tuesdays at 7:30pm. Please register before 4:30pm on the day to secure your place. 

Where: Online

Cost: Free

20 Ways to Find a Plot

Where: Online

When: 25 January 2022

Cost: Free

Working with Project Managers and Builders

Where: Online

When: 8 February 2022

Cost: Free

How Much will my Build Cost?

Where: Online

When: 22 February 2022

Cost: Free


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.

Past DDC courses

What is Community-Led Housing?

DDC hosted a session going into detail about what Community-Led Housing is, and how it can benefit local communities. The course went into detail about common legal structures, group vision and values and how to get a group consituted depending on the end goal. Attendees joining in-person and online were able to join workshops to help groups and individuals establish their motivation, vision and values. 

The session was led by Debbie Wildridge and Maria Antoniou from Locality.