Yes, it is time to evolve, and learn how to. A lot of water has flown under the bridge since same time last year, and the big boulders of builders’ restriction have now proven to be too bulky to flow over it with the water available in our wee stream. With other words: the building plans for a Co-Ho development at St Andrew’s drive have proven too costly to be managable. It has been a very valuable experience trying to get our heads round it all, together with the stalwart support of Southsidem Housing Association (SSHA) and our joined consultant Steven Tolsen. We are now looking forward to soon share more of his final report and to keep on working together with SSHA and Steven to find a more viable solution for our dream to manifest. We are not alone in this slow and committed journey of an “ever onward, ever evolving” learning curve as similar Senior CoHo developments in the UK show. We are proud to be part of this path-making CoHo history in Scotland and believe firmly that in the not so distant furture it will be much easier for groups to manifest their dream because we make the road by walking, the new branch of the stream by flowing.
So, why not join us this month, 11 March and next month, 8 April at the Pollok Civic Realm?
The Cafe Realm is where you can find us on these Saturdays for the open to all ages and stages drop-in on the 11th March between 11.30 a.m. and 1.30 pm, and on the 8th April from 12pm t0 1.30pm. Afterwards you can join us as guest or member for the progress meeting in the community room in the library between 2pm and 4pm.
.. and join in with the brainstorming the next flow forms of our wee river.
The Scottish Co-Housing Co-Operators Network (#scotcoho)
In order to build and strengthen the momentum of CoHo developments like ours in Scotland, which is a bit more tricky than in England due to the land laws and not enough fully up and running projects as yet, an official #scotcoho network is in the process of being built right now. Read more about this on Steven Tolson’s Proposition paper here.
This links in with Steven’s #scotcoho rep input now at the meetings A&DS (Architecture & Design Scotland). He writes:
Following the ‘Making Co-housing Happen’ event last November, Architecture + Design Scotland is now looking to take forward discussions around the 3 stated priorities arising from the conference. First this requires champions to promote those priorities which include looking to support cohousing within planning and housing policies and strategies and get some acknowledgement that co-housing can make a positive contribution to housing supply and bring about opportunities to acquire suitable sites. Second, inevitably along with a policy commitment there is a need for funding support both from public and private means so that we can progress the idea of creating mixed tenure co-housing projects in Scotland. In the first instance this might be through the development of 4 to 6 pilot projects in partnership with social housing providers. Third, there is general acceptance that a communications network is required to allow people in Scotland to become active and help them find a way to participate in co-housing. Part of that call for a communications network has informed our proposition paper for a Scottish Co-Housing Network entitled the ‘Scottish Co-Housing Co-operators’
To make a start with us #scotcoho actors linking arms to inform, educate and inspire the public and policy makers here is now a “Cohousing in Scotland” Facebook page.
We hope you will follow and enjoy the updates on that Facebook page until there will be funding and manpower for a #scotcoho website. Remember you don’t have to be signed up to FB to be able to read these public page posts. Please like and share the new page…
…as well as our own page where we recently have shared this very good article about a sister senior coho in Colchestor. Just click on image below and you will be taken there.