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      October 30, 2019

      Wednesday   7:00 PM

      96-108 Ormside Street
      London, Greater London

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      How to create a community out of a house-share

      With families moving away from each other; the average age of getting onto the property ladder going up; and the buy-to-let industry encouraging a culture of short-term lets, we have never been more isolated as a society.*If you’ve ever wondered how you can find your people and recreate that feeling of kinship, tribe, family or neighbourliness then join tonight’s panel where we hear from different households who have turned their London properties into a community. This Month's Guests A converted pub in Stoke Newington has been the home of The Nevill Community for the last 25 years. The house is truly inter-generational with the youngest member about to celebrate her 2nd birthday and the longest standing member is one of the founders from 1991. They don't believe in rotas and have built a community of 8 people where household tasks get done because they ought to, not because a system told them to. They welcome new members through a series of interviews which include cooking together and and while they are keen to admit people with shared values and cook vegetarian, they don't have a fixed set of criteria. They are currently looking at different models of legal ownership which would un-peg the buy-in amount from the market value of the property. Markus will be joining us and he has been a resident with his immediate family for the last 5 years.   Housemates at The Vale recognised that people rarely live together in London out of choice but out of financial necessity and wanted to experiment to see if they could make it a preferred choice. Drawing on experience of sustainable community from a dozen EcoVillages around the world, and their own experiences as therapists and meditators, the six of them rent a Victorian terrace in Clapham and have a formal agreement which outlays the expectations they have of each other which includes chores and intentions of how much time they spend together. Noah will be joining us and is also the pioneer for the Eco Soul Hotel which is exploring how to build temporary communities. The London Catholic Worker is a community that provides a house of hospitality, in Harringey, for refugees and homeless asylum seekers. The Catholic Worker movement is ecumenical, pacifist, communitarian, and anarchist in the spirit of gentle personalism. Volunteers aren't required to be Christian and can live there for a few months, or make a longer commitment. Their time is spent in non-violent activism - holding vigils, releasing a regular publication, running a soup kitchen, study groups, protesting around issues such as the refugee crisis, the arms trade and environmentalism. Most nights they have guests for a communal meal and at a weekly meeting they discuss the activities and household duties for the week.They subsist on donations and are part of a time-banking scheme. Doors at 7pm, panel discussion starts at 7.30pmIf the cost of the event would prohibit your attendance, please get in touch.We also have some volunteering opportunities available. *CitationsFirst time buyers' average age has risen by seven years since the 1960s, survey findsIn 1960 the average age of joining the property ladder across the UK was 23 and it took 2 years 1 month and 23% had financial help. In the 2010s the average age is 30, it takes 5 years 1 month and 48% had financial help.https://www.independent.co.uk/property/first-time-buyer-age-increase-1960s-housing-market-cost-property-ladder-a8244501.htmlSeven things you did not know about migration in the UK“The UK has a high rate of internal migration compared to other European countries, with an average of 3.5 per cent of its population moving each year.”https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/11942613/Seven-things-you-did-not-know-about-migration-in-the-UK.htmlLandlords react with fury to three-year tenancy plans“About 80% of tenancies in England and Wales are set at six months or 12 months, with the assured shorthold tenancy the bedrock of the buy-to-let industry. The current contracts leave tenants at risk of eviction at short notice, without the landlord having to give an explanation.”https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/jul/01/uk-tenants-to-get-minimum-three-year-contracts-says-minister

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