Action with Communities in Rural England
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 funded 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 was 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.
To deliver better access to information, support, advice and technical expertise that is needed to progress a scheme.
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 was 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 help 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) delivered a national training programme for a wide range of advisors, professionals and intermediaries (from the voluntary, community, public and private sectors). Once trained, they have the basic technical knowledge to offer local support to develop schemes and the knowledge to raise awareness of community-led housing.
Acre worked with National Community Land Trust Network to deliver this project.Back to current funding