2021 Summit Programme

Our outline programme of events (see below) for the 5 main days of the Summit includes a mix of panel discussions, interactive workshops, webinars and one-to-one sessions and will be complemented by the publication of resources and re-recorded content across the seven days. Further sessions will be added as they are confirmed and additional material to support the themes of the summit will be published throughout the summit week.

The conference will be free to attend and delegates are welcome to select a range of sessions throughout the week to create their own schedule for the Summit, tailored to meet their specific areas of interest. Keep an eye out here, on our TwitterFacebook or Instagram profiles, or sign up for our email alert list for further updates.

Monday 22nd Feb: Community-Led Housing

Approaches to community-led housing
(webinar with Q&A)
Hear how rural communities have used a variety of routes to tackle housing need in their own areas.
Support for community-led housing
(panel discussion)
What support do communities need to facilitate community-led housing? How are different countries providing this? And what more needs to be done?
How to build a community-led housing project
(workshop)
Join young people from rural Scotland for a hackathon-style session exploring options for housing to meet local needs, and take away some ideas for your own project.
Ask a planner
(Q&A)
Need help demystifying the planning process? Join us for 45 mins of quick-fire questions on planning for rural communities across different areas. Questions submitted in advance.
Rural housing 1-2-1sLooking for support for your community-led housing project? Book a 30 minute session with a rural housing enabler in your area to find out what help is on offer for your specific project, no matter what stage you are at.

Tuesday 23rd Feb: Quality Homes for Rural Communities

Cost effective, sustainable housing for rural places
(webinar with Q&A)
Explore some of the innovative technical solutions to providing energy efficient, affordable homes in rural areas.
Practical considerations for building rural homes
(panel discussion)
Do we need to think differently about rural home building? Are there specific design and infrastructure considerations for rural builds? What do we need to do to ensure our rural housing remains fit for purpose?
Homes for health and wellbeing
(panel discussion)
How does housing impact on the health and wellbeing of people in rural communities, and how could an integrated approach to housing be an effective tool in improving public health?
Ask an architect
(Q&A)
Do you have questions about design, energy efficiency, build materials or how to get the best from a housing site? Join us for 45 mins of quick-fire questions on architecture for community-led housing. Questions submitted in advance.
Rural housing 1-2-1sLooking for support for your community-led housing project? Book a 30 minute session with a rural housing enabler in your area to find out what help is on offer for your specific project, no matter what stage you are at.

Wednesday 24th Feb: Affordable Homes for All

The quiet rise of rural homelessness
(webinar with Q&A)
How is rural homelessness impacting on our communities and what could we be doing to tackle it? We hear from those at the front line of tacking the issue in several countries.
Sharing our communities: Primary homes and second properties
(panel discussion)
How do we strike the balance between serving the needs of those who live in our rural communities, and allowing others to enjoy the countryside?
Sustainable social housing
(webinar with Q&A)
Find out how social housing providers are developing sustainable housing models minimise environmental impact, reduce fuel poverty and improve tenant wellbeing.
Ask a builder
(Q&A)
Do you have questions on the practicality and cost of building? Join us for 45 mins of quick-fire questions on building in rural communities. Questions submitted in advance.
EXPO 1-2-1sBook a 20-minute one-to-one session with an expert from one of the companies taking part in our EXPO for advice on everything from funding and planning to design and project management.

Thursday 25th Feb: Resourcing for Rural Housing

Funding routes for community-led housing
(webinar with Q&A)
From traditional mortgages to more innovative approaches such as community shares, find out how rural communities are funding new homes to meet local housing need.
Land for housing
(webinar with Q&A)
How do rural communities access land for housing? What happens when you give communities right to buy land? Hear about approaches taken in different countries and the early impact of land reform in Scotland.
Crowdfunding for community-led housing
(workshop)
Get some top tips from about running a crowdfunding campaign for your community project and then work in small groups to develop an outline plan for a fictional campaign.
Ask a funder
(Q&A)
Do you have a plan but some help to find finance? Book a 20 minute session with a funding expert for information and advice on funding your community-led housing project.
EXPO 1-2-1sBook a 20-minute one-to-one session with an expert from one of the companies taking part in our EXPO for advice on everything from funding and planning to design and project management.

Friday 26th Feb: The Future of Rural Places

Integrated approaches to repopulating remote areas
(webinar with Q&A)
Housing is a keystone in the repopulation of rural areas, but what else do we need to ensure sustainable and positive regrowth in rural communities?
Rethinking rural
(panel discussion)
Now more then ever rural communities have the potential to connect globally, bringing the world their door and sharing their own brand of innovation and resourcefulness with others. We discuss how the image of the rural idyll has changed and ask if some communities are still being left behind.
Building cultural and economic capacity
(webinar with Q&A)
How are businesses and individuals working to build cultural and economic capacity within their rural communities? How does housing provision affect this? And what action is being taken to tackle housing need to enable thriving communities?
Take one action
(workshop)
What action do we need to take to create thriving and sustainable rural communities? Join us to create an action plan for what needs to happen to tackle housing need in your area, identify who needs to take action, and examine what one action would make the biggest impact for your community.
Rural housing 1-2-1sLooking for support for your community-led housing project? Book a 30 minute session with a rural housing enabler in your area to find out what help is on offer for your specific project, no matter what stage you are at.

We are delighted to be working with UN-Habitat, Ecology Building Society and partners across the UK, Ireland and beyond to bring you the Rural Housing Summit in place of our annual conference in 2021.