to our Pioneering Senior CoHousing Project
Update from Penington CoHousing
Penington has been given the opportunity to be part of a new build on the site at Shawbridge, which is across the road from Pollokshaws West train station and Pollok Park, in South Glasgow. Penington CoHousing (PenCoHo), is for people aged 50 and over, and is a group of people who want to live as a community, with the ethos of being a good neighbour to each other. PenCoHo is a company by guarantee and is not for profit. Cohousing tries to recreate the small communities where everyone knew who their neighbours were, but with the advantages of everyone being involved in the running of the community. For more information look at www.cohousing.org.uk and www.pencohousing.org.uk. I am afraid our web site is out of date because we don’t have the volunteer helpers, we need to keep it up to date.
We have been told that the flats which are on the ground floor will have two bedrooms, (there is one flat with one bedroom, but we hope to have this as our communal space), and an open plan living and dining area. There are town houses that will be for sale as well in the development, but these will not be fully accessible if some-one has mobility problems. The cost is thought to be between £160-170K for a flat. In this build there is only properties for sale. However, nearby are Loretto HA who are building flats for rent, and Glasgow HA already have properties along Pollokshaws Road. I am trying to make contact with Loretto HA to let them know what having a cohousing group nearby can mean for their tenants, but I have not had any contact as yet. If you are interested in renting from a HA and being part of the Penington community, then please do apply to be housed on the Shawbridge site. If you are applying to Glasgow HA please let me know so I can make contact with them too. If you would like to find out more, you can Come and Meet us at cafes, which alternates between Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Tramway. To find out where check our Facebook page (peningtoncohousing) or Twitter (PenCoHo) account. Or you can email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone me 0141 649 0114 (not after 9pm please).
Penington CoHousing is Glasgow’s first Senior CoHo development, a community-led housing initiative. We are a membership organisation developing a not-for-profit new-build cohousing project for over 50s in Glasgow. This exciting, innovative and alternative residential project is being developed by our members themselves.
We intend to establish a thriving, mutually supportive community of seniors, a community which shares decision-making and tasks, based on our skills and abilities. Living together in this community will enable us to combat the isolation and loneliness experienced by so many older people. We have been inspired and encouraged by the paradigm shift emerging in the UK and round the world and are at the forefront of a global movement of Senior CoHousing projects breaking new ground for community-led, self-build and senior housing developments.
We are currently recruiting new pioneer group members and have a lot of information to share with you, so please explore our website, and contact us if you would like to know more to join the project as we move from the planning stages towards actual bricks and mortar. Or come along to one of our regular public information meetings, every third Saturday of the month 10.15 am – 11.15 am at the quiet far end of the cafe at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 2 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3NY Glasgow,
Ann MacInnes, Director of Penington CoHousing
Mob. 07962 264152
Tel. 0141 649 0114