Save the Date - Three Day Virtual Launch of Community Housing Hub

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Community Action Norfolk are proud to be part of Eastern Community  Homes, the new community-led housing hub for the East of England.  

An official three day launch event is taking place from 16th - 18th March.  You can register by clicking below.  

Meeting the aspirations of communities, our aim is to provide advice, support, and practical resources for local community groups in the East of England so they have the skills and capacity to bring forward and deliver affordable homes for local people. We are holding a series of free, short, online sessions from 16th-18th March, with evening sessions aimed at community-led housing groups, town/parish councils, neighbourhood planning groups, and interested groups and individuals looking to be involved in community-led housing.

We would love you to join us for one or more of these, sign up below.

Tuesday 16th March, 10am: Local Authorities Event.


An event aimed at local authorities, providing an overview of community-led housing as well as the ways in which local authorities can work with Eastern Community Homes and with potential groups in their area. Speakers currently include:

  • Cllr Linda Haysey (Chair of EELGA),
  • Nick Shuttleworth (Chair of Eastern Community Homes),
  • Cllr Dan Land (Tendring DC),
  • Cllr Hazel Simmons (Luton Borough Council).

Tuesday 16th March, 5:30pm: An Introduction to Community-Led Housing.


An introduction to community-led housing, the options available, and how Eastern Community Homes can support groups. Speakers on this event are Eastern Community Homes advisors. Speakers currently include:

  • Kirsten Bennett and Jenna Brame (Cambridgeshire ACRE),
  • Laura Atkinson (RCCE),
  • Giles Meredith (CDA Herts),
  • Emily Mulvaney (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority).

Wednesday 17th March, 10am: Housing Associations Event.


An event aimed at housing associations on partnerships and the mutual benefits of partnership working between housing associations, groups, and hubs. Focussing on the East of England and the national picture. Speakers currently include:

  • Cecilia Tredget (Eastern Community Homes),
  • Rachael Orr (Placeshapers),
  • Tom Chance (National CLT Network),
  • Dave Smith (CDS Cooperatives),
  • Sally Gilbert (United Communities Bristol),
  • Tina Barnard (Watford Community Housing Trust).

Wednesday 17th March, 5:30pm: East of England Case Studies.


This session will focus on case studies of successful and achievable community-led housing schemes in the East of England, also giving delegates the opportunity to ask questions of these groups. Speakers currently include:

  • Lavenham CLT,
  • Cannock Mill Cohousing,
  • Great Shelford Parochial Charities,
  • Frances Wright (Marmalade Lane/TOWN).

Thursday 18th March, 5:30pm: Expert Q&A Panel.


A panel of community-led housing experts available to answer questions on a range of topics. There will be an opportunity to pre-submit questions. Speakers currently include:

  • Debbie Wildridge (Locality),
  • Rowan Haysom (Haysom Ward Miller Architects),
  • Fiona Wharton (Wrigleys Solicitors),
  • Isobel Wright (Hastoe Group), 
  • Jo Lavis (Rural Housing Solutions).

There are limited spaces, and these will be allocated on a first-come basis. All events will be recorded and available on our website once all sessions have been completed. Please contact Olivia Carr with any queries at olivia.carr@cambsacre.org.uk

if you would like to know more about our work with Eastern Community Homes, please click here