Enterprise and asset development are the foundations of self-sufficiency and long-term sustainability within our communities. By assets, we mean community buildings and spaces, as well as other physical assets, such as community-led housing.
A Place to Call Home highlighted the threat to community asset ownership among Black and Minoritised communities. We have developed an extraordinarily successful practice of mentoring leaders of existing community assets in enterprise-based asset management, alongside incubating and nurturing the development of new community businesses.
Working intensively with leaders of community spaces, such as the Lloyd Leon Community Centre in Brixton, we support and facilitate greater collaboration with local stakeholders, leverage community talent and resources to sustain vibrant and creative community assets for the future.
More recently, we collaborated with colleagues in Leeds and Nottingham to understand the potential for community-led intergenerational housing among Black and Minoritised communities. Our ambition is to secure land and sites to test and develop lifetime housing which serves people at every stage of their lives.
Wolves Lane Centre is a thriving space in North London for sustainable growing, education, social enterprise and community engagement. Ubele, along with Crop Drop and Organiclea, are legal partners and ‘stewards’ of the 3-acre site contributing to development of the site.
Lloyd Leon Community Centre (LLCC), formerly the Brixton Dominoes Club, is a home for The Brixton Domino Club and Brixton Soup Kitchen. We have been supporting LLCC to help it become an exciting, vibrant and creative community-based facility serving the local community.
We envision becoming an affordable housing provider which empowers under-represented communities, by giving them influence and collective control over the management and maintenance of their own homes, as a response to the poor quality and insecure private rented housing many have had to endure.