Expertise of our Associate Members

This year we are recruiting Associate Members to UKCN.  These members have knowledge and skills that cohousing groups may be seeking and have agreed to have their various talents made public on this website.  UKCN is neither recommending nor not recommending but giving you access to people who probably can help you out.

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What is cohousing?

Springhill cohousing in Stroud

Cohousing is a way of living which brings individuals and families together in groups to share common aims and activities while also enjoying their own self-contained accommodation and personal space.

Cohousing communities are a means of compensating for the alienating effects of modern life where neighbours don't recognise each other and where day-to-day collaboration is minimal. They offer particular benefits for children in terms of secure play-space and shared activities with their peers. Older people can also find companionship and mutual support in such communities.

The main features of cohousing communities are:

  • They are set up and run by their members for mutual benefit
  • Members are consciously committed to living as a community
  • Developments are designed to encourage social contact and a sense of neighbourhood among members.
  • Common space facilitates shared activities like community meals and other amenities like laundries, heating systems, guest rooms, transport, etc may be shared

Cohousing in the UK

There is a rapidly-growing UK interest in cohousing - take a look at our map of UK projects. There are an increasing number of groups seeking sites and many individuals seeking a group to join. There are ten fully-established cohousing communities in the UK, some having started up in the late 60s and established by 1970 before the word 'cohousing' was in use: Postlip in the Cotswolds, the Community Project, in Laughton near Lewes, Thundercliffe Grange near Rotherham, Trelay Farm in Cornwall, Canon Frome in Wiltshire, Springhill in Stroud, and the Threshold Centre in Dorset. Smaller cohousing schemes include Stroud Co-flats, Frankleigh co-flats and The Courtyards near Bradford upon Avon. All are based on owner-occupation, although the Stroud community has three shared ownership units. It is difficult to pin down the exact number of groups as they are constantly in flux. We estimate there are 25 - 30 forming groups currently functioning, with another tier of up to 60 loose coalitions interested in cohousing.

To find out more:

The UK Cohousing Network website is a repository of information from many people. When reading an article, note whether it has an author beneath the title. If it does, that piece is the author's own views. This site hopes to encourage the sharing of as many viewpoints as possible so we can support each other in developing cohousing. But note that only un-named articles can be attributed to the UK Cohousing Network.

Springhill photo © Alexander Caminada.

BOOK NOW: UK Cohousing Network Spring Gathering and AGM, 17/18 May

All the details are HERE

 

Congratulations as K1, Cambridge secure land from City Council for Cohousing

K1 Cohousing group has successfully negotiated the purchase of land from Cambridge City Council. The site will accommodate around 40 homes and a common house.

 

Plans for the common house are well underway and include a communal dining hall and kitchen, laundry, guest rooms, playroom and a workshop. Already 39 families have joined the forming community and will now have the task of both shaping the design and layout of the community and also building the relationships that will help this mutually supportive community flourish.

 

Interested in new cohousing group in Dorset/Devon?

I am planning a move to Dorset/East Devon in the near future and would like to meet people interested in establishing a rural co-housing project in this area. I have put together a simple web page with basic details of what I have in mind and my contact details:

Expertise of our Associate Members

This year we are recruiting Associate Members to UKCN.  These members have knowledge and skills that cohousing groups may be seeking and have agreed to have their various talents made public on this website.  UKCN is neither recommending nor not recommending but giving you access to people who probably can help you out.

Supporting Community Housing - 4 regional events in March

 

Find out why community-led solutions to housing is igniting communities' ambitions and how local authorities, housing associations and other partners can support this agenda at these four half-day taster seminars: Supporting Community Housing

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Easter Retreat at Threshold in Dorset

Date:
Friday 18th – Monday 21st April 2014

This long weekend will provide an opportunity for shared activities and private reflection.  It is designed for people who are on a spiritual path, but not aligned with a religious tradition, although people with a religious tradition will be very wecome too.

Participants will be involved with co-creating the programme with us, and people will be join in where they want, and have private time when they want.

The range of activities on offer include:

Three bedroom house for sale in Dorset

Oak Cottage – three bedroom house – £198,000

 

Oak Cottage is a three bed, end of terrace, eco barn conversion in a cohousing community in a quiet rural setting about a mile from Gillingham, Dorset which has good rail connections to London, Salisbury and Exeter.  Completed in 2010 it is in excellent decorative order and very well insulated with energy and water saving features.  This is a rare chance to buy a 3 bed cottage at the Threshold Centre.

Creating Cohousing Courses

Creating Cohousing Course
The workshop provides an opportunity for individuals or groups to experience life in a cohousing community for a weekend, at the same time learning how to go about setting up a project. They are very popular, so book early to secure a place.Cohousing course

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