Action with Communities in Rural England

Funding at a glance

Programme: Backing Community-Led Housing
Amount: £78,750 grant
Approved: 2017
Timescale:  One year

Delivering a national training programme for new advisors and other intermediaries in community-led housing, so that they can provide the information, support, advice and technical expertise that is needed to progress a scheme.


Why we are funding this project

To increase the number of professionals who have the confidence to offer a basic level of support and signposting to community-led housing groups and the knowledge to raise awareness of community-led housing.

The focus will be on ensuring that community groups can effectively and more easily deliver homes that are both decent and affordable and meet the needs of their communities.

Strategic purpose

To deliver better access to information, support, advice and technical expertise that is needed to progress a scheme.

Project description

There is currently only a small pool of national consultants who have a good level of CLH expertise. The availability of help can make or break whether a much-needed scheme can get off the ground. The expectation is that by increasing the number of consultants offering support, there is a greater chance of community-led housing schemes being taken forward, and ultimately this will increase the availability of good quality affordable housing for people in need.

Using its regional members to cover rural England, Action with Communities in Rural England (Acre) will deliver a national training programme for a wide range of advisors, professionals and intermediaries (from the voluntary, community, public and private sectors). Once trained, they will have the basic technical knowledge to offer local support to develop schemes and the knowledge to raise awareness of community-led housing.

Acre will be working with National Community Land Trust Network to deliver this project.

Acre

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