Re-imagining the Settlement Movement for the 21st Century

location Arts at the Old Fire Station | 12:30 PM-1:30 PM Thursday 16 April 2015 (GMT)

The housing crisis and social innovation

A century ago, the settlement movement saw socially conscious graduates living in the poorest communities in the country, offering their services to local residents on a voluntary basis. While playing an important role in the foundation of the NHS and the welfare state, it fell out of fashion, viewed as arcane and patronising. A hundred years later, what lessons can we learn? Is there a way to re-imagine the settlement movement in the context of a receding welfare state; stigmatisation of immigrants; a housing crisis; and unpaid internships? Join the conversation with Dot Dot Dot, Year Here, Worthwhile and Student Hubs.


  • Dot Dot Dot

    A social enterprise letting people who do brilliant volunteering live in homes that would otherwise be empty - helping landlords and contributing to communities

  • Year Here

    A social innovation course in London – Where brilliant grads get serious about making society better.

  • Student Hubs

    Students have the power & potential to shape a better world. We inspire, connect and support over 30,000 students across 10 UK unis to engage in social action.


  • WorthwhileUK

    Inspiring grads to pursue a career in the not-for-profit sector through a graduate scheme, skills development, recruitment services & Worthwhile Community.


Arts at the Old Fire Station

40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ, United Kingdom

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