Ashram Housing Association is one of the associations that have been created in the UK around the movement Housing Association. This wants to contribute to the goal of each citizen having a home. They create communities in which homes are rented or sold very low prices, with almost no profit.
The association has been awarded with the Gold award for Excellence in Building Cohesive Communities for its special focus on the cohesion of communities. Coinciding with this award, Ashram has started a campaign, trying to show its ideas and working practices in Birmingham, the region where it operates.
Within this campaign, the seminar The Dialogues in Community Cohesion will be celebrated. The seminar will launch an innovative course: Community Design Course. With this course, they want to motivate members of a community to design and decor the homes of their community, and even develop the urban decoration of the area. There are no specific requirements for reaching this goal. The course will be given by the Centre for Urban Design Outreach and Skills (CUDOS) of Birmingham University.
Jas Bains, Chief Executive of Ashram, said: “It is important that local people should have the opportunity to influence the future places they will live in and have a chance to get a taste of life as a future architect, planner or urban designer. This initiative provides that important first step.”