Next Friday, 27th April, the CVSF Housing Network is staging the first Housing Conference for the community and voluntary sector.
This half day event is aimed at any member of community groups and voluntary sector organisations. The conference is also an event for housing organisations, tenants groups and residents associations. The event runs from 9.30am – 1pm on Friday 27th April, in Hove.
John Holmström has worked in housing since 1984. He is a Housing Network representative and works for Brighton Housing Trust. He said:
"This event is the first housing conference for the community and voluntary sector and is led by the housing network members. We need a space for exploration and critical reflection on current housing issues in our city. The topics are diverse and will provide an essential forum in which to learn about the priorities for housing".
Bill Randall is an award winning writer and commentator, and has written about housing, community and environmental issues for national newspapers and magazines since the 1970s. He is the former chair of Shelter's National Housing Aid Trust. Bill said:
"I'm really pleased that the CVSF Housing Network has developed and that this conference is happening. Housing is the big issue for Brighton & Hove. I'm delighted to be a keynote speaker and to set out some of the key challenges for the city at the community & voluntary sector's first housing conference on 27th April".
Chris Whitwell is the Director of a national charity based in Brighton; Friends, Families and Travellers. Chris said: "This conference is important because access to housing is, or should be seen as, a basic human right. I'll be talking about the issues around Gypsy and Traveller accommodation and the wider ones of equality and justice; which should be underpinning all our social policy formulation."
Our workshops at the conference are varied and reflect a range of different topics. We will seek to explore issues and solutions. For example, we will explore cooperative housing and resilient living. ABIR architects look at sustainable design and issues of density and how this affects our quality of life in urban living.
Members of community and voluntary sector groups and organisations, tenants groups, residents associations, are invited to book to come along and learn about housing issues in the city. The day will be valuable in to learning about what the current issues are and to find out about the work of the CVSF housing network.
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