• Lots to learn from Neighbourhoods Study Tour in Sheffield

    South Owlerton in Sheffield made a fantastic case study for us to visit on a Study Tour we ran as part of the Building Community programme – supporting communities to become ‘neighbourhood planning’ ready. A number of community groups came with us to hear from South Owlerton Area Regeneration (SOAR) and tour their huge array […]

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  • Glass-House Debate – Newcastle

    Once again the topic – Community Led Design: what is it and does it work? – was tackled in the latest Glass-House Debate, held on 21st February. The event was hosted by partners, Northern Architecture, at the Bond Centre in central Newcastle. Sophia de Sousa, Glass-House Chief Executive, introduced the theme and said how glad she […]

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  • Building Community at Eden’s Core

    Earlier this month we joined our Building Community partners – Eden Project, Locality and communityplanning.net – at the awe-inspiring Eden Project in Cornwall for the Building Community Planning Camp, an event which aimed to help communities get their heads around neighbourhood planning. Groups from all over the country came along to participate in three days […]

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  • Community Rights Made Real: What will the Localism Act mean for communities?

    With the Localism Act (the government’s new policy giving increased decision-making powers to communities) soon to become part of our planning system, there is a lot of talk about how our communities and neighbourhoods will be affected. Among the increased powers are 3 new Rights for communities: The Community Right to Bid – i.e. the […]

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  • Big Insights: What next for community spaces?

    Last week I attended an event organised by Big Lottery Fund to help them consider the future of their funding for community spaces. Various organisations and charities who work with and support local people on public and open space projects were there to listen to others and to share their own experiences. The public space […]

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  • ISHA support 2011

    Glass-House Enabler shares session experience

    Glass-House Enabler Andrew Dobson recently helped us to deliver a training session to a group of residents and staff from Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA). The training session provided introductory architectural and urban design principles to the group to help them to contribute to the ISHA Design Forum. Andrew is an Associate with John […]

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  • Ethical Property Foundation launch ‘Property Advice Service’ nationwide

    The Ethical Property Foundation have launched their award-winning Property Advice Service nationally in England, having previously serviced charities and community groups in London and the South West since 2005. The Property Advice Service offers friendly and expert advice on property matters to charities and community groups. Issues such as negotiating with landlords, deciphering leases and […]

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  • Reflections on the Portas Review

    The Portas Review, an independent review into the future of our high streets by Queen of Shops Mary Portas was published recently and made for a thought-provoking read. The review is incredibly relevant to the work of The Glass-House and the groups we support. One of the main areas of focus is just how important […]

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  • Exploring the Neighbourhoods of Stroud and Bristol

    Last Thursday we led a group of local community members and support workers on a Neighbourhoods Study Tour around Stroud and Bristol. The aim of the day was for groups to witness first hand how local people have made a positive and lasting impact on their neighbourhoods: physically, socially, environmentally and economically. We visited two  […]

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  • The Community Led Design Debate continues in Bristol

    From the concrete jungle on arrival in Bristol to the thriving regenerated docklands and to the home of our hosts and partner Architecture Centre Bristol, we gathered in the ground floor gallery for the second debate of the 2011/2012 Glass-House Debate Series. A tightly packed group of thirty community led design enthusiasts ready to hear […]

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