CCH - 8th Annual Conference
Creating the framework for community control
23rd - 25th March 2001
The International Co-operative College,
Stanford Hall, Loughborough
- Dr Norman Perry - Chief Executive, The Housing Corporation
- Pauline Green - Chief Executive, The Co-operative Union
- David Thompson - Director of Housing, Birmingham City Council
- Jeff Zitron - HACAS
- Jean Whitehead - The Co-operative Party
- the launch of the joint CCH/Co-operative movement on co-operation in housing;
- the launch of 3 keynote pieces of CCH research;
- a range of workshops on both practical and policy issues relating to housing co-operatives and tenant control.
Too much has been imposed from above, when experience shows that success depends on communities themselves having the power and taking the responsibility to make things better.
(The Prime Minister, The Right Hon Tony Blair MP)
- the publication of the Government's neighbourhood renewal strategy
- stock transfer of local authority stock
- the publication of the Housing Corporation's "Communities In Control" strategy
Against this backdrop, the CCH holds its 8th Annual Conference "Creating the framework for community control". We have now won the arguments that housing co-ops and tenant control makes sense, and those who do not recognise the value of community empowerment are in the minority. However, the challenge now is how to create the frameworks in which tenants and prospective tenants can choose to set up housing co-ops and tenant controlled organisations. The CCH has embarked on major policy initiatives to develop these frameworks, including:
- The development of a policy paper on creating community control through stock transfer.
- Investigation into the development of Community Land Trusts.
- Developing best practice on tenant control in Housing Associations.
- Investigating possibilities for leasehold ownership housing co-ops.
This CCH's 8th Annual Conference will prove to be a key forum where the future of housing co-operatives and tenant control can be discussed. The conference will see the launch of a joint strategy initiative between the CCH and the Co-operative movement on the future of co-operation in housing, the launch of 3 key pieces of CCH research, and the normal range of workshops and plenaries on both policy and practical issues. This is a conference that is run for and by housing co-op members & tenants, although we welcome other housing practitioners who support the principles of tenant control and community self-help.
|6.30-7.30||Introduction for new delegates.|
A briefing session for new CCH conference delegates, outlining the work that the CCH does, and explaining the housing co-op movement.
Usually a good means of getting to meet other delegates, representatives from groups at the conference will be asked to say a few words on where they come from, what their group is and what they hope to gain from the conference. Please make every effort to attend this session, with one of your group prepared to speak!
Plenary - Opportunities for Community Control in the UK
|10.00-10.10||Welcome & Introduction|
|10.10-10.25||Pauline Green - Chief Executive, The Co-operative Union|
|10.15-10.30||Speakers: Lord Graham of Edmonton, Chairman UK Co-operative Council|
|10.25-10.45||Dr Norman Perry - Chief Executive, The Housing Corporation|
|10.45-11.00||George Nicholson - The Coin Street experience|
|11.30-1.00||Workshops 1- 5|
Plenary - Stock Transfer and Community Control
|2.00-2.15||Charlie Baker - CCH|
|2.15-2.30||David Thomson - Director of Housing, Birmingham|
|2.30-2.45||Terry Edis - Walsall Alliance of TMOS|
|2.45-3.00||Jeff Zitron - HACAS Chapman Hendy|
|3.30-5.00||Workshops 6 to 10|
|7.00-9.00||Dinner (or barbeque)|
|11.30-2.00||Disco and late bar|
Plenary - CCH AGM & strategy
|10.00-10.30||AGM - As a democratic organisation, members of the CCH are entitled to submit motions for the AGM for discussion and to be voted on by the membership. Only organisations directly affiliated to the CCH can submit motions. Motions must be received at the CCH by 1st March 2001, and must be proposed and seconded by different CCH member organisations. (The motion must be signed by the Chair and Secretary of the proposer member organisation, and minutes where the motion was discussed must be supplied with the motion). The proposer to a motion will be asked to speak to the motion for a maximum of 3 minutes at the AGM and the CCH General Council will respond to the motion. A maximum of 2 representatives per CCH member organisation may attend for the AGM at no cost.|
|10.30-10.45||Nic Bliss - CCH (with terrible hangover!)|
|10.45-11.00||Jean Whitehead - The Co-operative Party|
|11.00-11.15||Ray Walker - Leaseholder Federation|
|11.30-1.00||Workshops 11- 14|
Please note that the above is a provisional agenda and may be altered
1 A beginners guide to housing co-operatives
Margaret Jones - Rainbow Housing Co-op
2 What makes a housing co-op a housing co-op? - the CCH Code of Governance
Nic Bliss - 20/20 Housing Co-op
3 What do you do if your co-op is having difficulties?
Ursula Barrington - Birmingham Co-operative Housing Services
4 How do we manage risk?
Blasé Lambert - Brent Community Housing
5 Working with your local Co-operative Society
Kat Luddecke - Co-operative Futures - Oxford, Swindon & Gloucester co-op
6 Developing tenant control with the Council
Dilys Fletcher - ATIC & Higginshaw Village EMB
7 What is a Community Land Trust?
Pat Conaty - Common Futures
8 Getting the best out of your service providers
Blase Lambert - Brent Community Housing
9 He who pays the piper calls the tune - understanding budgets
Nic Bliss - 20/20 Housing Co-op
10 Credit Unions - banking on ourselves
Gerrie Grant - Sparkbrook Credit Union Development Project
11 Developing community control in housing associations
Nick Jones - The Housing Corporation, Sangeeta Chauli, Focus Housing Association & Nigel Wilson - Mercian Housing Association
12 Combatting social exclusion & tenant control
Philippa O'Neill - Confederation of Co-operative Housing
13 Are we accessible to everyone - tenant control & equal opportunities
Phil Beardmore - Balsall Heath Housing Co-op
14 What training does your co-op need?
Jane Watts - the Co-operative College
15 Co-operatives & Community Lettings
Rose Stewart - Winyates Co-op & Hazel Surdo - Pioneer Co-op
The CCH conference is being held at Stanford Hall, the International Co-operative College near Loughborough in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside. While we are sure that you will be delighted by the venue, there are a maximum number of conference places available, and the last 2 CCH conferences have been sold out. We would therefore suggest that you book very early this year to avoid disappointment.
We are arranging crèche facilities for children up to the age of 12, but we will need to know by 23rd February if you wish to bring children.
As there a limited number of single rooms available, we are charging a separate single room supplement. Please specify if you wish to book single rooms. Otherwise you may be accommodated in a twin room.
The closing date for applications is 9th March. We regret that bookings may only be cancelled prior to 9th March. The full price for the conference will be charged subsequent to that date.
All prices include full board, VAT and conference papers. Housing co-op members or tenants from organisations with few resources, please contact the CCH as a limited number of bursaries are available.
Questions? Email Nic Bliss at email@example.com