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Ashley Horsey, Leila Baker and Matthieu Lambert come together to share the lessons learned from Enterprise Homes Group’s ‘Roof Space’ project, piloted during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Commonweal Housing has opened a new call for housing-based project ideas from charitable organisations working to tackle social injustice.

Leading domestic abuse charity, Solace, Commonweal Housing and Southwark Council, are today advocating for strong and effective partnerships that deliver a life-changing combination of safe, suitable housing, and holistic emotional and practical support to ensure those experiencing abuse can flee safely and recover.

Amarjit Bains and Sheldon Shillingford have been appointed to the Board of Trustees of housing and social justice charity Commonweal Housing.

Carers Week: let’s re-ignite the energy of the Clap for Carers to deliver meaningful change

By Harry Williams | June 11, 2021

A little over a year ago, our Thursday evenings were routinely marked by a ripple of applause that emanated across the country. It was, at a time of severe but necessary isolation, a striking showing of solidarity and a gesture of support and celebration for the millions of carers and NHS workers in the UK…

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Learning the unexpected: how changed circumstances can present new opportunities for reflection and understanding

By Megan Fereday | May 17, 2021

Ashley Horsey, Leila Baker and Matthieu Lambert come together to share the lessons learned from Enterprise Homes Group’s ‘Roof Space’ project, piloted during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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How the private rented sector can help unlock the Freedom2Work – Rentstart

By Ben Phillips-Farmer | May 6, 2021

Ben Phillips-Farmer reflects on Rentstart’s 20-year history of harnessing the PRS as a route out of homelessness, including five years in partnership with Commonweal.

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Desperate for solutions – where to find them? | Call For New Ideas

By Ashley Horsey | April 14, 2021

As Commonweal launches its 2021 Call For New Ideas, CEO Ashley Horsey reflects on our approach to finding creative solutions to social injustices – and on not being afraid to to make mistakes along the way.

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Connie Muttock: How I’ve been inspired by Commonweal’s work to champion the housing needs of women | IWD 2021

By Connie Muttock | March 8, 2021

On her last day at Commonweal, Connie reflects on our housing projects for marginalised women which have made her proudest.

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Tonic’s new LGBT+ retirement community is cause for celebration

By Megan Fereday | March 5, 2021

Megan Fereday reflects on the UK’s first ever LGBT+ retirement community, and why older LGBT+ people need access to safe and affirming housing.

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How can the Living Rent model enable young people to Live, Work, Earn and Learn?

By Jean Templeton | January 20, 2021

With youth unemployment at record levels, never has it been more important to provide a housing offer which enables young people to live, work, earn and learn.

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2020: a year to celebrate

By Amy Doyle | December 18, 2020

Deputy CEO Amy Doyle looks back on the achievements of Commonweal and our project partners, despite the challenges and hardships of the year.

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Exempt From Responsibility? – one year on from a pathbreaking report

By Dominic Bradley | November 19, 2020

It is almost exactly a year since we published ‘Exempt from Responsibility?’ and held two lively and oversubscribed launch events in Birmingham and London. We were aware before embarking on this research that ‘exempt’ accommodation was a significant issue in Birmingham, but were keen to ensure the growth of this sector, and the drivers for…

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Locked Out episode four: housing for survivors of VAWG

By Megan Fereday | November 18, 2020

Too many women are forced to choose between living with abuse or living on the streets. That’s because the majority of survivors of violence against women and girls, or VAWG, must find a new place to live in order to escape – and safe, stable housing is too often out of reach.   Last year, Commonweal’s…

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