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Useful Links


1. Other Self Help Housing Organisations

See Directory of Existing Projects for details of other organisations.

2. Undertaking Self Help Housing and Setting Up A Housing Project

The FSA – information about registering as a housing co-op or society for the benefit of the community

http://www.fsa.gov.uk

A list of all organisations offering model rules

http://www.fsa.gov.uk/pubs/forms/accepted_list.pdf

CDS Co-operatives – sponsor model rules

http://www.cds.coop/

Catalyst Collective – sponsor model rules

http://www.catalystcollective.co.uk/

Companies House – information about becoming a limited company

http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk

The Charity Commission – information about registering as a charity

www.charity-commission.gov.uk

Social Enterprise Co-alition – information about social enterprises

www.socialenterprise.org.uk

3. Getting Hold Of Property

Details of all Local Authorities

Direct.gov: All Local Authorities

Details of London Local Authorities

http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/

Details of housing associations

http://www.housingnet.co.uk/

The Land Registry: Search for who owns a property

www.landregistry.gov.uk

The Empty Homes Agency: Lots of information about empty property

www.emptyhomes.com

Report Empty Property: A website where people can report empty properties

www.reportemptyproperty.com

Freedom Of Information Inquiries: How to submit a request

www.whatdotheyknow.com

Google Street View: View streets and properties

http://maps.google.co.uk/help/maps/streetview/index.html

4. Funding Repairs & Project Running Costs

Temporary Social Housing Grant – How TSHG Works

http://cfg.housingcorp.gov.uk/server/show/nav.3527

Funder Finder – Free Database of charitable funders plus additional information that can be purchased

www.funderfinder.org.uk

Funding Central – NCVO’s new site listing 4,000 national, regional and local funders

www.fundingcentral.org.uk

Directory For Social Change – Publishers of excellent guides to grant making trusts

www.dsc.org.uk

The Big Lottery – Runs a range of funding programmes

http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/

Awards For All – A small grants programme ( less than £10k) from the Big Lottery

http://www.awardsforall.org.uk/index-england.html

Green Grants – A site with information about green grants & loans

www.greengrantsmachine.co.uk

Supporting People: Details of the government’s supporting people programme

http://www.spkweb.org.uk/

Community Development Finance Association – umbrella body for community finance institutions which make loans to community organisations

www.cdfa.org.uk

Community Repaint- A source of free paint

http://www.communityrepaint.org.uk/

5. Organising Repairs To Properties

Health & Safety: The Health & Safety Executive website

www.hse.gov.uk

http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/cdm/buildingcontrol.htm#a2

HSE: Free Leaflets From The HSE:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/leaflets.htm

Temporary Social Housing Grant Standards

http://www.housingcorp.gov.uk/upload/pdf/Design_quality_standards.pdf

Planning Permission: Advice about planning permission

http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/england/genpub/en/1011888239467.html

Building Research Establishment

www.bre.co.uk

CRASH: A small charity providing technical help to projects dealing with single homelessness

www.crash.org.uk

Centre For Alternative Technology

www.cat.org.uk

The Glass House: A charity offering design advice, training and project support to projects focusing on neighborhoods, housing and community buildings

http://www.theglasshouse.org.uk/

6. Using A Volunteer Workforce

Volunteering England – Loads of useful information about all aspects of volunteering

www.volunteering.org.uk

Direct Gov. – more information about voluntering

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndCommunity/Gettinginvolvedinyourcommunity/Volunteering/index.htm

7. Agreements With Owners & Occupants

The Ethical Property Company: Advice on leases with owners

http://www.ethicalproperty.org.uk -.

Direct Gov – Booklet on Shorthold Tenancies

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/assuredassuredtenants

8. On-Site Training Opportunities

JobCentre Plus ; Information about training and courses

http://www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk/JCP/index.html

Connexions – A source of good information about learning/training for young people

http://www.connexions-direct.com/index.cfm?go=Learning

Direct Gov. – NVQs explained

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/QualificationsExplained/DG_10039029

City & Guilds; City & Guilds Qualifications explained

http://www.cityandguilds.com/cps/rde/xchg/SID-0E10D229-311A900B/cgonline/hs.xsl/12908.html

Streetmate : A very good website dealing with homelessness, training and education issues

www.streetmate.org

9. Housing & Homelessness Organisations

Information and advice about homelessness issues:

Homeless Link: A membership organisation which supports front line homelessness organisations

www.homelesslink.org.uk

Housing Justice: A national church based organisation providing housing advice and supporting church initiatives

www.housingjustice.org.uk

Shelter: The national campaign around housing and homelessness

www.shelter.org.uk

Shelter Cymru are running an empty property project which is working with local authorities to encourage them to bring properties back into use. Could help with approaching a local authority.

http://www.sheltercymru.org.uk/

Crisis: The national charity for single homeless people.

www.crisis.org.uk

Praxis: Resources for refugees

www.praxis.org.uk

Refugee Council

www.refugeecouncil.org.uk

10. National Umbrella Bodies Supporting Community Organisations

National bodies providing information and support to local community based organisations. Use their site to identify their members local to you, who could be a good place to find out more about local opportunities/ resources.

National Association Of Voluntary & Community Action -Resourcing a network of 350 local voluntary and community infrastructure organisations throughout England.

www.navca.org.uk

Development Trust Association: The DTA is the leading network of community enterprise practitioners dedicated to helping people set up local development trusts which promote local enterprises and the acquisition of community assets.

www.dta.org.uk

Community Matters: Community Matters is the nationwide federation for small community associations and similar organisations promoting and supporting action by ordinary people in response the needs in their neighbourhoods and communities.

www.communitymatters.org.uk

Community Self Build Agency: The CSBA supports groups wanting to undertake self-build projects ( ie where groups acquire land and then go on toactually build permanent housing for themselves – as opposed to making use of empty property)

http://www.communityselfbuildagency.org.uk/

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