Making your meetings work 7 December

Another useful UKCN event: Making your meetings work – training in meeting facilitation and agenda making

Kevin Wolf, co-founder of N Street cohousing community, Davis, California, offers, in conjunction with the UK Cohousing Network, training in the basic skills of good facilitation; ‘seeking consensus’;  how to handle problem people and a range of other topics for running effective group meetings.

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‘Taking down the fences’ 6 December

Here is another UK Cohousing Network workshop – ‘Taking down the fences’: retrofitting cohousing in existing streets

Showcasing the possibilities of creating cohousing in existing streets and neighbourhoods – one more initiative in collective action through transition planning, food banks and clubs, food growing, car clubs and local currencies. The UKCN is promoting cohousing retrofit as a viable alternative to building and designing a new cohousing community. The Cohousing Network believes more people could benefit from cohousing if they made a start where they live. Includes ‘The story of N-Street’, by Kevin Wolf, co-founder of N Street Cohousing, Davis, California.

‘GETTING IT BUILT’ WORKSHOP 29 November

For those interested in getting cohousing off the ground this is a must.  This free event will be run in several UK regions, including London (Fri 29 November 2103).

A joint initiative from the UK Cohousing Network, Locality and the National Community Land Trust Network, the day-long workshop offers case-studies from around the country, expert master-classes on governance, legal issues, planning and land acquisition, partnerships, funding and finance and the different community-led housing models.

Case studies of the events held so far are available on:

http://www.cohousing.org.uk/news/856/getting-it-built-event-resources#attachments

An important feature will be advice on using the new £14m Community Led Project Support Funding announced by the Homes & Communities Agency and GLA in March this year. It offers 90% funding to help groups set up eligible community organisations, work up development proposals, consult with the local community and submit a Community Right to Build Order or progress a community led development via the traditional planning application route.  Organisations in London will need to apply to the GLA via an e-mail link (crtb@london.gov.uk). The fund closes in March 2015.  Click here for application guidance: