Power To Change Community Shares Booster Programme grant award!

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YorSpace have been awarded a grant through Power To Change, the independent charitable trust given £150million from the Big Lottery Fund to support and develop community business for charitable purposes. The £10,000 grant will go towards YorSpace’s first development of 19 environmentally sustainable, cooperatively owned, community focussed homes at Lowfield Green, Acomb.

A special thank you goes to our Director, Sue Bird for her efforts in completing the application for YorSpace!

We’re delighted with the award of the Power to Change Community Shares Booster Programme grant! It will help YorSpace develop our community share offer, allowing people to invest in community led development in York. We’re bringing a new offer of development finance into the city, which will help lower the development costs of Lowfield Green and help us deliver homes that are accessible to a greater pool of people on lower incomes.

“We believe putting business in community hands for charitable purposes transforms places…This grant will help YorSpace become less grant dependent and provide much needed services for local people to meet charitable needs”

David Chater, Head of Community Business Funds at Power to Change

“The Booster Programme is a great opportunity for groups to develop and idea that can innovatively use community shares as a funding mechanism to develop, grow and sustain community businesses”

Alice Wharton, Programme Manager at the Community Shares Unit

The next step for the YorSpace team is to finalise our business model and share offer in order to achieve Community Shares Standard Mark accreditation ahead of launching the offer in the second half of 2018.

If you’re interested to know more about future investment opportunities then please join our mailing list through our investment page HERE.

YorSpace AGM! 24th March 2018 – 11am – 1pm

Please join us at our first ever AGM, which is being held at The Gateway Centre on 24th March 2018 at 11am.

Full venue details HERE

It has been quite a first year for YorSpace as a Community Benefit Society…

Our first community housing development at Lowfields is progressing well. We have a site. We have the support of the council. We have started the planning process. We have secured over £100,000 worth of funding and we now have nearly 90 members!

This event is a celebration of community housing and the potential that YorSpace has to change the way housing is delivered in York!

There is some formal business that we need to conduct but we are also looking for people to show they are serious about getting involved so this meeting is also a chance for members to:

  • Hear a Review of the year
  • Get a Lowfield Green update
  • Learn about our Priorities for the coming year
  • Engage with Questions and comments from members
  • Sign up to one of our residents working teams

If you have not met us before, it is also a great chance to come along and say hello. We are keen to share our experience with other groups and interested people so please do come along even if you aren’t members or interested in being a resident!

There will be tea & coffee available.

After the meeting we are planning to walk over to the site for people who are interested in seeing where the proposed site is.

Sign up to say you are coming via the link HERE. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are a YorSpace member you are entitled and encouraged to vote in the elections to the Board of Directors!

Full details of the event and information on the members who are standing for election can be found in this summary document HERE

Good turn out for our first residents meeting! – 10th February

YorSpace were delighted to welcome members and guests who came to Acomb Explore to hear an update on progress with the project, see the latest plans for Lowfield Green and engage with the discussion around defining housing need and our Allocation’s policy – we had great feedback from the people who attended and engaged with the workshops, which will feed directly into our new and improved Policy.

Members were able to ask our team questions about progress with the design, the business model and join the YorSpace working teams that help drive the project forward. After a busy day for our core team (we had a design workshop with our Architects in the morning) the group followed the meeting up with a visit to the Lowfield Green site.

Please visit our facebook page for more images from the day on our timeline…

Backed by Power to Change!

YorSpace is delighted to announce the first of a flurry of successful funding applications that were approved at the end of last year to kick start 2018!

We received £30,000 from Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England – set up to grow and support community businesses in England…

Power To Change recognise the work YorSpace is doing as a community business that is run by and for the local community using our profits to make the local area a better place to live, work and visit!

The funding covers our legal, project management and deposit costs for purchasing our first housing development site at Lowfield Green!

YorSpace Residents Meeting! – 10th February 1.30-3pm at Acomb Library

Us folk here at YorSpace have some big news to share at our first ever residents meeting – it was quite an end to the year!

Our first community housing development at Lowfields is progressing well. We have a site. We have the support of the council. We have started the planning process. We now have over 80 members. We have a group of people committed to living there and there is still space left, so what are you waiting for?

We are at the stage now where we are looking for people to show they are serious about getting involved and this meeting is a chance for members to:

  • Hear a Review of the year
  • Get a Lowfield Green update
  • Learn about our Priorities for the coming year
  • Engage with Questions and comments from members
  • Sign up to one of our residents working teams

If you have not met us before, it is also a great chance to come along and say hello.

As part of the event we will be discussing the allocation policy to become a resident at Lowfield Green as we look to ensure that the homes we build serve a good proportion of people who are in housing need – this is a great opportunity for members to have their say!

The event is being held at Acomb Explore Library Learning Centre on 10th February 2018 at 1.30pm.

Full venue details HERE

There will be tea & coffee available

After the meeting we are planning to walk over to the site for people who are interested in seeing where the proposed site is.

Sign up to say you are coming below…

We look forward to seeing you there!

The YorSpace Team

Sign up here!

 

The YorSpace Christmas Huddle! 3rd December 3-6pm

Us folk here at YorSpace have some big plans to add some sparkle to your Christmas this year.

Our first community housing development at Lowfields is progressing well. We have a site. We have the support of the council. We have started the planning process. We have over 60 members. We have a group of people committed to living there and there is still space left, so what are you waiting for?

We are at the stage now where we are looking for people to show they are serious about getting involved and this meeting is a chance to:
• Hear an update on the development
• Be inspired about other developments
• Ask questions on what being part of YorSpace involves
• Discuss the process for committing to live there

If you have not met us before, it is also a great chance to come along and say hello.

The event is being held in the function room at the Black Swan, with Christmas trees and all. There will be mulled wine from the bar, plus some apple punch, minced pies and other treats that we have cooked up to share.

Sign up to say you are coming and looking forward to seeing you there.

The YorSpace Team

Sign up here!

YorSpace wins support and funding from UnLtd – Delivering social impact in our community

James Newton, from YorSpace has won an award of £15, 000 from UnLtd, the UK’s foundation for social entrepreneurs. The funding and expert support from UnLtd will help the organisation make lasting social change in the community.

James, said: “Unltd are offering financial support to help our team create a framework for delivering long term, low cost, sustainable Community housing in York.  The mentoring the Awards team offer is invaluable and the support underpins a huge amount of what makes our project a success.”

UnLtd is currently working hard with partners from both the public and private sectors to help deliver social impact by harnessing the huge potential of social entrepreneurs to solve society’s biggest challenges.

Mark Norbury, UnLtd CEO, said: “Tackling society’s most complex challenges requires a radical shift in thinking and practice. That’s why social entrepreneurs are so important – they create bold, sustainable innovations based on their lived experience of the issues they are seeking to address. It is wonderful to see this new cohort of award winners creating such social and economic value for their communities, while collaborating so well to get the most out of all their ideas, energy, resources and talent.”

The organisation is focused on three big impact areas; resilient communities, employability and solutions for an ageing society. More information on UnLtd’s latest funding opportunities is available online here.

 

Get Involved in Community Housing

YorSpace have been in the press today in a bid to get more people involved with our community led housing by commenting positively on the Lowfield planning application and details about how to become part of our team!

City of York Council submitted an outline planning application for 165 dwellings, a care home, health and public service building and associated green space, access and infrastructure on the former Lowfield School on Dijon Avenue in Acomb.

YorSpace’s vision to deliver low cost, cooperatively owned, environmentally sustainable, community focussed homes is included as part of this submission!

The wheels are well and truly in motion now for York’s first cohousing project at Lowfield Green that will deliver 19 homes with a mix of 1 and 2 bed flats as well 2,3 & 4 bed houses.

The application was submitted on the 9th October and the application is due to be determined in early 2018… we’re calling on our supporters to visit the City of York website and leave positive comments about the inclusion of the Community Self Build plot that has been identified for YorSpace to develop.

If you could take the time to do this it would be greatly appreciated as it adds strength to our case that Community led housing is supported in the city.

You can comment by clicking to the link HERE

The deadline for comments is 15th November…. please do take the time to register your comments.

Click on image to link to see press release on YorSpace today.

“Lowfield Green is a real opportunity to diversify the market for housing in York. If people would like to be part of a forward-thinking, environmentally-conscious community and want to know more about our plans for Lowfield Green then please come and meet our team.”

Details to follow next week with more information on our meeting on 3rd December 2017!

Help deliver Community led housing at Lowfield Green!

Outline planning has just been submitted and here is our vision to deliver 19 low cost, cooperatively owned, environmentally sustainable, community focussed homes at Lowfield Green in Acomb!

Press release here.

This is a really exciting time for YorSpace: our volunteer team is expanding and we need you!

If you’re interested and want to find out more please click here to find out more details!