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Are you new to Community Led Housing? Learn more at these online events…

We have news of two online events  being run by Co-ops UK and the Plunkett Foundation. The Co-ops UK session is on 21st September 12-1:30pm and is open and free for all to attend. Use the link below for further information. https://www.uk.coop/events-and-training/events-calendar/co-op-connections-introduction-community-led-housing-0 “This event is aimed at community organisations who are interested in community-led housing a nd who may have …

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New EMCLH Agile Fund commenced

EMCLH has a small amount of funds, initially available until end-September 2021, to provide new CLH projects with funding towards some of their potential ‘start-up’ costs. EMCLH can support a new project with up to £1,000 to cover specific initial expenses, such as for a project’s cost of legal incorporations; subscriptions to media accounts for ‘virtual meetings’; website and publicity …

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EMCLH awarded contract to produce a new UK Cohousing Guide

The UK Cohousing Network has commissioned EMCLH to produce a new ‘UK Cohousing Guide’. The purpose of this Guide will be to update the advice and information that can be used by Cohousing groups in their respective projects across all stages of their work – from scheme and group inception through to build completion and occupation. EMCLH has commenced this …

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Low Cost Self Build Seminar February 2020

This event was organised by East Midlands Community Led Housing (EMCLH) as the latest seminar to bring a mixed audience together to consider how to support key aspects of community led housing initiatives in the East Midlands region. This seminar gave a targeted focus to the promotion of opportunities for ‘self-build’ activities to be undertaken by individual households or by …

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EMCLH Secures New Grant!

East Midlands Community Led Housing has been awarded over £100,000 from a fund set up to help regional ‘Hubs’ establish and consolidate their businesses as providers of services and support to community-led housing projects. The funds, to be used by the middle of 2021, will cover core salary costs for project facilitation; the use of external consultancies for administrative and …

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EMCLH December 2019 Newsletter

LOOKING INWARD It has been another great year for community-led housing in the region, and as 2019 comes to an end we reflect on the highs and lows it contains for us and for local projects……. In January we were very sorry to say goodbye to John Mather, called to higher things at Homes England. John was EMCLH’s first and …

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Farewell to EMCLH’s Chair, Rt Rev Dr Tim Ellis

This month we say farewell to our Chair of 7 years, Rt Rev Dr Tim Ellis. We asked Tim for a few words to sum up his time with us at EMCLH. “Some eight years ago, I was approached by John Howes,the Chief Executive of a significant local Housing Association-Lincs Rural Housing-to see whether I would be interested in helping …

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Investment Partner (IP) Registration – Grant received

The Board of Directors at EMCLH recently took the decision to apply for Investment Partner (IP) registration through Homes England. Gaining the IP status will increase EMCLH’s enabling capacity with Community-led Housing schemes. We have just received a £10,000 grant from the Community Housing Fund to proceed with the Registration process.

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Rural Housing Week 2019

It’s  the National Housing Federation’s, Rural Housing Week from 1-5 July, the theme this year is building for rural communities. Wednesday 3 July: NHF Rural Housing Conference ,Tom Walker, Deputy Chief Executive at Homes England, and Nicholas Boys Smith, Chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission will be speaking. Wednesday 3 July: Rural housing will be the feature of #SOchathour, the weekly Twitter chat about …

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Community Housing Fund – State Aid Clarification

We have just received an important information update from Community Led Homes: “Clarification in relation to State Aid following the publication of the Community Housing Fund prospectus in July 2018.” Please use the link below to access this information on the gov.uk website. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-housing-fund-state-aid-clarification

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New National Website for Community-Led Housing!

Collaboration between the Confederation of Co-operative Housing, Locality, the National Community Land Trust Network and UK Cohousing has been announced that will increase the provision of training, funding and practical support to community led housing groups, councils and developers. A new national website has also been created – Community Led Homes – to support how community-led housing can become more of …

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EMCLH says farewell to John Mather, Senior Facilitator

On the 1st February 2019, John Mather started a new position with Homes England in the Midlands Region. John has been with EMCLH from the early days in 2012 , the staff and Board at EMCLH  wish John the very best in this next stage in his career. The EMCLH Board are currently in the process of recruiting further staff …

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BBC Cover the Community Housing Fund

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Success for Wirksworth Eco Housing Group

The Charities Commission has granted charity status to a local community led housing organisation, the Wirksworth Transition Community Land Trust (WTCLT). It was started by the Wirksworth Transition Energy Group to provide energy efficient low cost rented housing for residents of Wirksworth and Middleton. In July 2016 a public meeting was held to gauge community support. The group heard concerns …

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£228,000 Funding to boost Community Led Housing across the East Midlands

Great news for people wanting to develop community-led housing. More advice and support will be available, thanks to Lincolnshire Community Land Trust securing £228,000 grant funding from the Nationwide Foundation.Community-led housing allows groups to build affordable, good quality homes in their own communities, where are really needed and are for people who really need them. This may be in areas …