Tales of the new Diggers & Dreamers: One year on – 16th March

Tales of the new Diggers & Dreamers: One year on

Community solutions to the housing crisis in Brighton & Hove

Sat 16th March, at the Gallery, University of Brighton, Grand Parade, BN2 0JY.
10.00am – 4.30pm: drop in or stay the whole day!
Please book here for FREE at eventbrite

We invite you to hear from local people about what it’s like to set up your own community-led housing project in Brighton & Hove, including building your own homes or taking over an existing building.

Over the last year over 150 people have been involved in developing their own housing projects in the city and this is a chance to hear what it is like, the ups and downs and to see the amazing homes and communities they are making.

Please book here for FREE at eventbrite

Accessibility

There is:

  • Disabled access for wheelchair users
  • Toilets that are accessible for disabled people
  • An ‘assistance dogs welcome’ policy
  • Ramp access available
  • Closest car park is: NCP Car Park Brighton Theatre on Church Street

Schedule for the day

PLEASE NOTE: There will be limited space in each room so entry to talks will be on a first come, first served basis with priority given to BHCLT members.

10.00-10.30am: Welcome, refreshments and browse exhibitions
In the atrium

10.30am-12.30pm: Live interactive sessions: The highs and lows of community-led housing
Groups who have worked with BHCLT reflect on their experiences and tell their stories.

When Main space Upstairs
10.30-10.50am Coldean Community Organisation
Creating 12-15 affordable homes and community facilities including a gymnasium for the people of Coldean
SEASALT (South EAst Students Autonomously Living Together)
Creating the first affordable student-led housing in the South East of England, through buying and refurbishing a large 10-bed house and running it themselves cooperatively
10.55-11.15am Sussex Cohousing
Developing 30 homes as an intentional community, where sharing of resources will be the norm
Bunker Housing Co-operative
Self-build co-operative developing their first 3-bedroom affordable eco homes, for £225k each
11.20-11.40am South Downs Eco
Housing and land based project located on the way to Devil’s Dyke
Roost Self Build Housing Coop
New housing co-operative of families
11.45am-12.05pm Coral
New cohousing project looking at eco retrofit and eco self-build options.
Out of Town
Longstanding local housing co-operative who received a grant to expand one of their houses
12.10-12.30pm Sussex Homeless Support
Working with people who have experienced homelessness to develop affordable, community-led housing
Selby Housing Co-operative
Co-op for low income families with a house in Coldean

12.30-1.30pm: Buffet lunch
Upstairs

Brighton and Hove as a community-led housing city. Have your say on our new identity.
We are working with Graphic Design students from the University of Brighton to design a new ‘visual identity’ for Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust (BHCLT). We will be using designs and ideas from the students in our future communications.

Students will be showcasing their design ideas and you can give us your feedback on the most persuasive ones.

In the atrium

1.45-3.45pm: Live interactive sessions: The highs and lows of community-led housing

Groups who have worked with BHCLT reflect on their experiences and tell their stories. A chance to see what you missed in the morning session.

When Main space Upstairs
1.45-2.05pm SEASALT (South EAst Students Autonomously Living Together)
Creating the first affordable student-led housing in the South East of England, through buying and refurbishing a large 10-bed house and running it themselves cooperatively
Coldean Community Organisation
Creating 12-15 affordable homes and community facilities including a gymnasium for the people of Coldean
2.10-2.30pm Bunker Housing Co-operative
Self-build co-operative developing their first 3-bedroom affordable eco homes, for £225k each
Sussex Cohousing
Developing 30 homes as an intentional community, where sharing of resources will be the norm
2.35-2.55pm Roost Self Build Housing Coop
New housing co-operative of families
South Downs Eco
Housing and land based project located on the way to Devil’s Dyke
3.00-3.20pm Out of Town
Longstanding local housing co-operative who received a grant to expand one of their houses
Coral
New cohousing project looking at eco retrofit and eco self-build options.
3.25-3.45pm Selby Housing Co-operative
Co-op for low income families with a house in Coldean
Sussex Homeless Support
Working with people who have experienced homelessness to develop affordable, community-led housing

3.50–4.30pm: What makes community-led housing possible?

Members of the BHCLT and representatives from the groups will summarise the main things they will take away from the day and their next steps.

There will also be the chance to ask questions about BHCLT.

This event is being organised in collaboration with the University of Brighton Radical Futures Housing Forum.

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