AN artist will be running a free workshop on how to set up a housing co-operative on Tuesday (April 29).
St Leonards resident Emily Johns will use the story of local housing co-operative Walden Pond to explain the nuts and bolts of the collectively-run housing associations that allow people on relatively meagre incomes to become their own landlords and obtain decent secure homes.
Her talk, which starts at 7pm at the Friends Meeting House in South Terrace, will be accompanied by an exhibition about Radical Routes (RR), the UK-wide network of radical housing and worker co-operatives. Copies of the latest edition of the RR booklet, How to Set Up a Housing Co-op, will be on sale at the meeting.
Emily has been involved in Radical Routes’ Co-op Support Group for many years, supporting new groups that are forming co-ops and joining the RR network.
She said: “By setting up housing co-operatives we empower ourselves to take control over one of the most important aspects of our lives: our housing. But setting one up can seem like a daunting prospect. At this event we plan to de-mystify the process by looking at a concrete local example.”