- Self Help Housing - http://self-help-housing.org -

Useful Links

1. Other Self Help Housing Organisations

See Directory of Existing Projects [1]for details of other organisations.

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

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

http://www.fsa.gov.uk [3]

A list of all organisations offering model rules

http://www.fsa.gov.uk/pubs/forms/accepted_list.pdf [4]

CDS Co-operatives – sponsor model rules

http://www.cds.coop/ [5]

Catalyst Collective – sponsor model rules

http://www.catalystcollective.co.uk/ [6]

Companies House – information about becoming a limited company

http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk [7]

The Charity Commission – information about registering as a charity

www.charity-commission.gov.uk [8]

Social Enterprise Co-alition – information about social enterprises

www.socialenterprise.org.uk [9]

3. Getting Hold Of Property [10]

Details of all Local Authorities

Direct.gov: All Local Authorities

Details of London Local Authorities

http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/ [11]

Details of housing associations

http://www.housingnet.co.uk/ [12]

The Land Registry: Search for who owns a property

www.landregistry.gov.uk [13]

The Empty Homes Agency: Lots of information about empty property

www.emptyhomes.com [14]

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

www.reportemptyproperty.com [15]

Freedom Of Information Inquiries: How to submit a request

www.whatdotheyknow.com [16]

Google Street View: View streets and properties

http://maps.google.co.uk/help/maps/streetview/index.html [17]

4. Funding Repairs & Project Running Costs [18]

Temporary Social Housing Grant – How TSHG Works

http://cfg.housingcorp.gov.uk/server/show/nav.3527 [19]

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

www.funderfinder.org.uk [20]

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

www.fundingcentral.org.uk [21]

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

www.dsc.org.uk [22]

The Big Lottery – Runs a range of funding programmes

http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/ [23]

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

http://www.awardsforall.org.uk/index-england.html [24]

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

www.greengrantsmachine.co.uk [25]

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

http://www.spkweb.org.uk/ [26]

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

www.cdfa.org.uk [27]

Community Repaint- A source of free paint

http://www.communityrepaint.org.uk/ [28]

5. Organising Repairs To Properties [29]

Health & Safety: The Health & Safety Executive website

www.hse.gov.uk [30]

http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/cdm/buildingcontrol.htm#a2 [31]

HSE: Free Leaflets From The HSE:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/leaflets.htm [32]

Temporary Social Housing Grant Standards

http://www.housingcorp.gov.uk/upload/pdf/Design_quality_standards.pdf [33]

Planning Permission: Advice about planning permission

http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/england/genpub/en/1011888239467.html [34]

Building Research Establishment

www.bre.co.uk [35]

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

www.crash.org.uk [36]

Centre For Alternative Technology

www.cat.org.uk [37]

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/ [38]

6. Using A Volunteer Workforce [39]

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

www.volunteering.org.uk [40]

Direct Gov. – more information about voluntering

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndCommunity/Gettinginvolvedinyourcommunity/Volunteering/index.htm [41]

7. Agreements With Owners & Occupants [42]

The Ethical Property Company: Advice on leases with owners

http://www.ethicalproperty.org.uk [43] -.

Direct Gov – Booklet on Shorthold Tenancies

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/assuredassuredtenants [44]

8. On-Site Training Opportunities [45]

JobCentre Plus ; Information about training and courses

http://www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk/JCP/index.html [46]

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

http://www.connexions-direct.com/index.cfm?go=Learning [47]

Direct Gov. – NVQs explained

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/QualificationsExplained/DG_10039029 [48]

City & Guilds; City & Guilds Qualifications explained

http://www.cityandguilds.com/cps/rde/xchg/SID-0E10D229-311A900B/cgonline/hs.xsl/12908.html [49]

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

www.streetmate.org [50]

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 [51]

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

www.housingjustice.org.uk [52]

Shelter: The national campaign around housing and homelessness

www.shelter.org.uk [53]

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/ [54]

Crisis: The national charity for single homeless people.

www.crisis.org.uk [55]

Praxis: Resources for refugees

www.praxis.org.uk [56]

Refugee Council

www.refugeecouncil.org.uk [57]

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 [58]

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 [59]

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 [60]

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/ [61]

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