South of Scotland
Supporting your community development
SOSCH provides expert advice and support to community organisations at each vital stage of a community-led housing project, from the very first spark of inspiration through to the completion of homes.
An award winning Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), we work with community organisations in order to appraise localised housing issues and identify solutions within the wider context of community-ownership of land and assets and Land Reform. We support communities to deliver housing as an element of community- led regeneration, both within rural and urban locations and including mixed-use developments.
Our recent project support has included the delivery of Scotland’s first community- owned passive certified homes in Closeburn (winner “Housing and Regeneration”, SURF Awards 2020), Scotland’s “Best Long-term Empty Home Restoration” (Scottish Empty Homes Awards 2021) in Moniaive and the redevelopment of the former Bank of Scotland in Wigtown for community-led housing and business use. Community resilience, sustainability and repopulation are central to our work, helping people to live and work in the South of Scotland.
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The Old Police Station, Langholm
4 refurbished homes
The Grapes, Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway
Redevelopment of derelict hotel as community-led homes.
Sawmill Green, Moniaive & Whirlow, Palnackie – Dumfries & Galloway
Small projects, big impact on rural communities.
21 North Main Street, Wigtown – Dumfries & Galloway
Two refurbished community-led homes and bunkhouse in former bank.
Castle Crescent, Closeburn Dumfries
Scotland’s first community-owned passive certified homes.
Got a potential community housing project in your area?
Get in touch and one of our staff will advise you.
SOSCH Launches Sanquhar Housing Survey
SOSCH are working with Sanquhar Enterprise Company to undertake a Housing Needs and Demands Survey. Click here for a link to the survey.
SOSCH Are Recruiting a COMMUNITY-LED HOUSING CO-ORDINATOR (Empty homes and Buildings) – Scottish Borders
SOSCH is seeking a CLH Coordinator to provide support to the development and delivery of community-led housing projects in Scottish Borders (and prospectively other areas of Southeast Scotland). This is…
Old Police Station community-led housing wins national empty homes award
The community-led restoration of the former Police Station in Langholm as affordable homes has won the “Best Old Wreck” category at the Scottish Empty Homes Awards. The project is a…