Our Public Meetings

Our Public Meetings

Our Public Meetings

Our Public Meetings

The first of our 2024 public meetings appears below. Our meetings are themed around Housing: It’s an Issue. 

You will find previous meetings, with links (where available) to speakers’ presentations, below.

Monday 12th February 2024, Priced out of renting in the Calder Valley?


Tom Archer, Senior Research Fellow, Housing and Community at Sheffield Hallam  University

Cath Miller, Homelessness Manager – Strategy at Calderdale Council

 Nicola Kyser-Forrest, Homelessness Service Manager at Calderdale Council

Dom Furby, former CEO of Calderdale SmartMove

Many people in the valley are struggling to find affordable & secure rented accommodation. What is an affordable rent? How can we create more affordable rented homes? Come and listen to our speakers and share your ideas.

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Monday 28th November 2022, How to reduce the impact of Airbnb on affordable homes

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Isaac Rose, Community organiser and researcher at Greater Manchester Tenants Union

Emanuele Dal Carlo, Co-founder and president of Fairbnb.coop

We are hoping local estate agents will share their experiences of the local market.

The final meeting in our autumn 2022 series is a constructive meeting to hear about the impact of Airbnb on the local housing market and more importantly how you can influence keeping affordable homes available for the local community.

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Monday 10th October 2022, Retrofitting your home to reduce energy bills and climate impact

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Sally Stone, Reader in Readaptive Reuse, Manchester School of Architecture

Jack Richards, Architect & Retrofit Coordinator, Editional Studio

David Nugent, Chief Executive, Canopy Housing

The Second of our 2022 events has 3 excellent speakers and 3 local people kindly sharing their experience of retrofitting their own homes.


Monday 12th September 2022, Decent Homes in Older Age

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Jenny Pannell, Almshouse Researcher, University College London

Tina Wathern, Director of Education and Engagement, Stonewall Housing

Maria Brenton, UKCN Ambassador on Senior Cohousing, Newground Cohousing

The first of our 2022 events has 3 excellent speakers who will be sharing creative ways that communities can address this issue.

Monday June 4 2018, So what’s all this about a housing crisis?


Alison Wallace, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York

Heidi Wilson, Strategic Housing Development, Calderdale council

Fahmida Rahman, Resolution Foundation

Monday July 2 2018, Housing: what can community-led initiatives achieve?


Jo Lavis, National Community Land Trust Network

Bill Bewley, Keswick Community Housing Trust

Jimm Reed, Leeds Community Homes

Wednesday August 22 2018, Making New Housing Sustainable and Energy Efficient


Duncan Roberts, architect, formerly at Centre for Alternative Technology (18 Mb file size)

Marianne Heaslip, URBED

Andy Brown, Carbon Conversations

Monday September 24 2018, Ethical Investing in New Housing


Hugh Rolo, Locality

Jamie Hartzell, Ethical Property Company

24 Sept 18 social investing in new housing public meeting

Monday October 29 2018, Putting the Vision Back into Public and Council Housing


John Boughton, Author, Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing

Prof. Rebecca Tunstall, Joseph Rowntree Professor of Housing Policy

Eileen Short, Chair, Defend Council Housing campaign


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