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Learning cluster: Better Homes and Building Homes

Work with stakeholders to improve housing in your area

Monday 12 March 10:00am - 4:00pm

Session 1 - Impact Hub Birmingham, Walker Bldg, 58, Oxford St, Birmingham B5 5NR

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Book now by contacting Programmes on 020 3588 0565 or email

About this event

Please note: this was first advertised as two clusters, and had since been merged into one

England is currently suffering a massive housing crisis. A lack of affordable and quality housing is putting pressure on communities. Empty properties and absent landlords sap life from streets. When new developments do appear, they seem to offer little to existing residents.

Now, you have the chance to take action in your community by joining the Better Homes and Building Homes Learning Cluster.

You’ll learn how to work with key stakeholders in Local Government, the public sector and private sector to improve the quality homes in your area and enable new homes to be built.

You might connect with a Big Local working with landlords to boost the energy efficiency of homes, put in place a planning policy to make sure local homes go to local people, or build a relationship with the council to make sure new development or regeneration meets local needs.

For those looking to build homes, you might set up a Community Land Trust, partner with local housing developers or even training young people to renovate empty homes. You might be just starting out on your project or have recently secured a big win.

Either way, by meeting with others, you’ll get chance to talk about your experience and bring in expert advice to begin to improve housing in your area.

What are learning clusters?

Big Locals are tackling big issues, and that means making the most of the opportunities and assets in your area and overcoming significant challenges. With the new Big Local Learning Clusters, you don’t have to face them alone.

By joining a cluster, you will connect with a supportive group of other Big Locals and learn about how to put your ideas into practice or take a project you're involved in to the next level.

We’ve designed four Learning Clusters initially, covering topics that Big Locals have prioritised in their plans but can sometimes feel ‘too big’ to tackle alone.

As part of the Learning Cluster you’ll meet up four times over a year. At the first meet-up, you’ll discuss how you want to learn and what you’re interested in. We’ll then work with you to share inspiring stories, learning and experiences, motivate one another, build skills and engage with people that have had success. In between the meetings you can also use the new Big Local social network, Workplace, to keep the conversation going.

After a year, we hope you’ll have been supported to achieve something great and will take the opportunity to share what you’ve learnt with other Big Locals.

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How do I join?

If you’re interested in joining any of the clusters, or have suggestions for another cluster, email Programmes.

Does it cost anything to join?

The programme is free to join and costs associated with attending sessions (e.g. travel, accommodation, childcare) will be covered by Local Trust.

What is the time commitment?

Each group will meet four times a year. Ideally, the same person would attend each event, but if you don’t think you can commit to all of them, you can nominate someone to attend in your place.

Who can join?

Anyone that lives or works in a Big Local can attend, but it’s expected that the cluster topic has been raised as an issue in your community.

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