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Rik's a Community Led Homes Accredited Adviser!

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Rik Martin, our Development Manager, has been awarded status as a Community Led Homes Accredited Adviser, having completed an intensive course of training and study. 

The Supporting Community Led Housing accreditation programme is delivered by Community Led Homes and recognised by no less than the Chartered Institute of Housing – the voice for professional standards in community and social housing. 

The accreditation is, for Rik, the culmination of a lot of hard work and a marker along the road of years of experience on advising on community housing. CAN has long supported the principle of affordable housing solutions, promoting the development of Community Land Trusts, advising local groups on housing needs, and conducting community housing surveys. 

CAN is one of six partner members of  Eastern Community Homes  which aims to provide essential support for communities across the East of England wanting to pursue community-led housing projects. 

Community-led housing is not new of course - the first alms houses date back to the 12th century.  In more recent times housing co-operatives and charitable trusts have operated for decades, owning and managing housing for communities. The term ‘community-led housing’ is conventionally used to describe homes that are developed or managed by local people, in not-for-profit organisational structures. The need for decent, affordable housing is an ever-growing issue across the UK – but many people are unaware that they can have a real say over where housing is built, and what type of housing is built in their local area. Community-led housing is a growing movement of local people taking action and managing housing projects that build the decent and affordable homes that the country so desperately needs. 

Projects are run by individual community groups who have resolved to build the types of homes that local people need. While some community groups might be working on brand new developments, others will focus on bringing empty homes and buildings back into use to meet local housing needs. And there is an emphasis on providing affordable homes, which is a particular issues in some Norfolk locations in terms of enabling those who were born, raised and work in a community being enabled to find homes without having to move elsewhere. 

Community-led housing is essentially about the community being in direct control of a housing development. It covers a range of models that can include community groups directly managing and developing properties, or alternatively see the community retain control or ownership whilst tasking others to undertake the development or management on their behalf. Hopefully, as a result of a community-led housing project, local community needs are kept at the heart of determining how new homes are built. 

Here at CAN we can help you find the right legal structure, identify funding, manage consultations, find partners, and provide training for members, committees, trustees and the local community.  So, whether you already have property that you want to develop for your community, are looking to start from new, or need advice on how and where to start, give us a call. 

Contact Rik Martin on 01362 698216  or email rik.martin@communityactionnorfolk.org.uk for more information and advice.

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