HotC at CAG Skill Share

Oxford Housing & Land Nightmare: What can communities do?

Last Saturday, CAG (Community Action Group) organised a fantastic skill share in Oxford, with a range of topics from ‘How to make friends and influence people’ to ‘CAG Garderner’s Question Time’. These wide range to topics and skills are shared by experts and members of community groups to rooms full of enthusiastic participants.

House of the Commons was honoured to be invited and to be a part of the event. As one of our aims for House of the Commons is to join the dots between various sectors in discussing land and housing, we were delighted that the topic of ‘Oxford Housing & Land Nightmare: What can communities do?” was part of a skill share organised by an established environmental network. We are interested in joining the dots; to show that the issue of housing isn’t just about providing homes, but is interconnected to issues of migration, refugees, energy, and environment. Everything is interlinked, and should be discussed as a whole. House of the Commons was keen to bring together groups and individuals who are somehow connected to housing, but in their own areas of interest and specialties, and to see that essentially, we’re all fighting for the same aim. So we were thrilled to be able to continue the discussion at CAG Skill Share.

Miranda from Kindling Housing Co-op sharing their challenges and successes in starting the 2nd housing co-operative in Oxford. Photo by CAG

Miranda from Kindling Housing Co-op sharing their challenges and successes in founding the 2nd housing co-operative in Oxford.
Photo by CAG

The intimate yet engaging session was chaired by Alice Hemming, with friends of HotC such as Homes for Oxford, Kindling Housing Coop, and Oxford Housing Crisis sharing their own initiatives and projects. We discussed the housing issues in Oxford, home-ownership, and how different groups and individuals can play an active role in overcoming these shared issues.

For more information and access to great presentations as well as notes from the session, head to CAG’s Summary of the event on their website written by Alice Hemming.