SSAC Report – Future of an Ageing Population

Hello all, as you know by now Penington CoHousing aims to provide sustainable co-living spaces for over 50s. There may be some questions as to why this is so essential however recent research which has been provided to us truly highlights the necessity of achieving our mission.


The research has been concisely presented in the following PDF link and fully highlights the future of Scotlands ageing population.

SSAC- Reacting to Report Future of An Ageing Population


If you have any further questions regarding this information do not hesitate to contact us using the contact form below, as we aim to provide our readers/members with as much information as possible!

February News Update

It has been a vibrant, busy start to the year for all of us at here at Penington CoHousing with lots of developments, we hope all our PenCoHo members are experiencing a similarly productive start to their year!

Our February news update will cover developments in the Titwood Road site, as always information on this can be found in our previous Autumn news update or as always on our “Where are we now?” section of the website which highlights our recent history and developments. Furthermore information will be provided on how contacting your MSP can help support and promote cohousing.

Titwood Road site and a request          

Great news!
We had a meeting with Southside Housing Association on Wednesday last week.

(Titwood Road site)

The Titwood Road site is in the Strategic Planning Investment Plan, What’s more Southside HA has already got its name on that site on the plan. We will now ask to have a meeting with the Development Officer, Glasgow City Council, Southside HA and ourselves.

 Watch this space for hopefully further exciting progress!

MSP’s have a new Planning Bill in the committee stage


Please ask your MSP to contact those of their political party that are on the reviewing committee to support the inclusion of cohousing and how it could be supported, in this Act.

The main points are that all Scottish Councils have cohousing in their strategic plans, that they offer help with partners(i.e. Housing Associations), in finding a site, and making the site affordable to cohousing groups. This may include `asset locks’, on the land.

Petra Biberbach, CEO Planning Aid Scotland, mentioned that in Germany, cohousing groups are offered brown field sites that have had remedial work already done on them, this has helped stop the urban areas from spreading onto greenfield sites, and kept towns alive and vibrant.

Remember to follow us on Facebook & Twitter  to keep updated with all events and news relating to #PenCoHo and related CoHousing news.

Autumn News Update

It has been a long summer and many changes in and around PenCoHo. We hope our updated website here (which is still being updated as we speak!) will inspire you to connect or reconnect as new members are being recruited for PenCoHo Pioneer stage #2!

Titwood Road site: To be redeveloped for PenCoHo

The best place to catch up about our recent history is to go to our “Where are we now?” page , and find out what the above map and the image of the house here on the left is all about!

You might really enjoy also catching up on our story so far on this page, with back links to much intersting footage of our journey making senior co-ho history.

And then there are of course our next coffee morning drop-ins, generally  on the third Saturday of the month, held from 10.15 a.m. – ~ 11.15 a.m., at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (2 Sauchiehall St, G2 3NY) at far end of the cafe away from noise of coffee machine.

Our next one, Oct 21st. The next ones: Nov 18th, Dec 16th

Cohousing in Scotland is getting into the news! Hear here some of our friends from Vivarium CoHo in Fife chat to Kaye Adams at her radio show on “CoLiving”, 18-09-2017

Kaye Adams gets to the heart of the stories making the news, offering the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

Communal living for the over-50s,The Kaye Adams Programme on Monday 18th September 2017 brought:

Scotland’s first co-living community for over-50s is set to be built by the end of next year.
The set-up is based on similar American models and is aimed at divorcees, widowers and those would benefit from communal living to combat loneliness, but who are not ready for the ‘regime’ of retirement housing.
Is communal living the way forward for the over-50s?

Well, of course there remains much more to be said about where CoHo differs from the mysterious ‘Co-Living’ project (where is a link to it? everybody asked on twitter after the show).

First of all of course CoHo is a community led undertaking, and in general self  built. In contrast to the much mentioned ‘Co-Living’ one. That has both its pluses and minuses, of course. Then the most loved aspect of CoHo, sharing meals together, and the more challenging aspect, making ALL decisions together, they have not been mentioned, and of course they also have their pluses and minuses.

But all in all, it so  very good to have dialogue and chat on radio, in the local media, on getting the word out and the brain juices flowing. is a blog entry that is a MUST watch and read, too! Congratulations ! And let us be comforted and encuraged ever onwards.

We’re delighted to announce that a London-based cohousing scheme has scooped the top prize at a national awards ceremony.

New Ground, the first senior female cohousing development in the country, was announced as this year’s best example of custom-build housing at the Housing Design Awards. Akin to the Oscars’ Best Picture award or Crufts’ Best in Show, this is a big deal for the community-led housing movement, and of course, a fantastic achievement for the Older Women’s Cohousing Community (OWCH) group, who have worked so hard to make the scheme a reality.

And then, on a local level, watch this space, currently only talked about on facebook and at the above Kaye Adams show: a Cohousing Scotland network is emerging!

So, let’s keep the conversation going and the pioneer group here growing from strength to strength with new hope on the horizon. Come and join us making history in Glasgow!




Learning Evolving – evolving learning

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?

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Changes afoot! Plus: inside Holyrood

The first month of this New Year is drawing to a rapid close today and Penington CoHo is bracing itself for some mid stream rapids as we are set to change course to find a new site! The planned building developments at the site at Shields Road are proving economically not viable for our Senior CoHousing Initiative, and so the compass is getting reset for better grounds. Watch this space everyone, as Steven Tolson (consultant to SSHA and us) is about to publish his consultancy report, and as the very supportive dialogues with Steven and SSHA (Southside Housing Association) are evolving further now.

A small group of our members represented PenCoHo in Parliament last week at the Cross Party group on Housing, convened by Andy Wightman, MSP. We were there together with representative from 3 other Scottish Cohousing Initiatives, CHOISS from Edinburgh/Dumfries, Vivarium from Fife, and a big group from the newly rising CoHo star in Scotland, Clachan CoHo from Glasgow/Maryhill.

Margaret Whitelaw, one of our Associate Members is also part of her own fledgling CoHo Initiative in Lenzie (North of Glasgow) and she says:

Continue Reading Changes afoot! Plus: inside Holyrood

New Year – New Meeting Schedule

New Year – New venue – New Connections!

Join us Saturday, 14th January, 11.30m – 1.30pm, catch up, newly connect, and find out more about the newest developments at Penington CoHousing at our Drop-In Sessions in the Pollok Centre Cafe Realm. All welcome!

NEW VENUE: Pollok Centre Pollok Civic Realm, connected with Pollok Library, 2EN, Cowglen Rd, Glasgow G53 6EW: opp Silverburn bus station &Shopping Centre. Easy access via many buses, f.i. X8 Express from City Centre. Via car: Motorway M77, J2

We will meet here for the next 3 months: Every second Saturday of the month: 14 January,  11 February, 11 March.

In the afternoon we will have our project development meetings in the same building, in the Library Room, from 2 pm  – 4 pm. These meetings are for members only. But if you sign up as an Associate member in the morning, you are very welcome to join us there too!

All ways of spreading the word are most cordially invited.

Therefore here a wee poster to download to maybe print and share with your family and friends?

Many thanks!

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Making CoHo happen with Steven Tolson

As a next follow up from the ”Making Cohousing Happen” event it gives us great pleasure to share with you some thoughts and documentations from our consultant Steven Tolson.

Here is what he has identified as

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And the next step is….?

Well, how are we actually going to make Cohousing happen in Scotland? It is now the end of 2016  – four years after SNP MSP Roderick Campbell led a debate on the benefits of co-housing for older people in Scotland on 31 October 2012. On 22 November 2016 – hosted by Architecture and Design Scotland – the long planned and prepared “Making Cohousing happen” event took place in the Banqueting Hall of the Glasgow City Chambers, attended by about a hundred people. The consensus now, as then, is: yes, we want cohousing to happen in Scotland because it will be of benefit for people and place. Now, as then, it remains to be seen who can muster collaborators  who will be able to take action to effectively overcome the multiple barriers, and then celebrate success.

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Co-housing is happening in Glasgow

Just imagine: all over this ‘Dear Green Place’ called Glasgow there are sprouting affordable neighbourhoods of sustainable low foot print houses, for both renting and buying, in small green clusters. Just imagine: 20 or so houses or flats in each cluster, which are home to fine folks who care for each other, because they share the same good old (and now NEW!) values of being good and respectful neighbours, who ken each other, and once or twice a week share meals together, share garden tools and machineries such as washing machines and DIY. Fine folks they are, they are really enjoying each others’ company when they choose to come together to lend a hand or two, and think things out together how to make their wee green place in the big green place more dear. They know they can button down the hatches if they need peace, because there are enough other folks in the cluster of cosy homes to share the care. And they’ll meet and mingle again when they are needed or long for some nice company, music or pottering about with others. alte-karlshorst

This kind of thing under the name ‘Co-Housing’ is happening for instance in Holland as a new model for community  building. And the rumour goes that Glasgow could really be suited … IF…. yes, well IF land can be made available that lies empty right now, and IF houses that lie empty just now can be freed to serve as rescued resources with skill and good will.


Tomorrow, 22nd November, in the Glasgow City Chambers a positive response to the recent Scottish Government’s Self and Custom Build event will take place. This Making Co-Housing Happen Event will focus on how Co-Housing can contribute to achieving outcomes in the Planning Review. We will also look at land, finance and delivery. Read more here.  The Event is free and way oversubscribed!

Next week, on Wednesday the 30th November, we from Pencoho will gather informally in the Cafe of the Tramway from 1pm for an hour or two to reflect on the 22nd November.
What has the event meant for us at Penington Co-Ho? What has it meant for the history of Co-Housing in Scotland?
All who feel connected with Penington CoHousing and Cohousing in Scotland are heartily invited!

Before that, this coming Saturday, 26th November, the exciting new intergenerational Clachan CoHousing intiative from Maryhill will hold its first Public meeting at 10 am in the Maryhill HUB. More details here and also about the Mutual Ownership model they will be using like the LILAC Co-op in Leeds does.  A great wee article in last week’s Evening Times about their

New homes scheme to increase affordable housing aims to build community spirit in Maryhill

can be found by clicking on the above link. Congratulations to all involve there and all the very best wishes. Ever Onward!

This website portrays many good co-housing examples and developments like this here in


“One interesting observation that can be extrapolated from the European experience is that across the variety of country-specific approaches to cohousing, cohousing for the elderly is booming across Europe. This is a positive sign, as the biggest challenge for cohousers in the years to come will be to ensure that elders will be integrated as fully as possible into the larger society. As the European experiences show the highly adaptive nature of cohousing can offer society a more sustainable alternative.”

Let there for be strong support on all levels for the Cohousing in Scotland ventures!

Here are our new dates for 2017, every second Saturday of the month,  and info about our new meeting venue in Pollok Library:


See you soon!






November Drop-in: Sat.12th, Concerthall Cafe

Our last drop-in Coffee Morning in 2016!

Saturday 12th November, 10.15- 11.30am, in the Cafe of the Royal Concert Hall.
You will find us at the back of the cafe away from the noise of the coffee machine.

Join in with exploring Cohousing at an informal social gathering and learn about the Penington Senior Cohousing project planned to be built not far from here. Meet Penington Cohousing members and friends, ask any questions you may have, and share your views. We will look at the revised architectural plans, too, and discuss the recent potential changes.

And we will prepare ourselves for the Scottish Co-Housing gathering in the Glasgow City Chambers on the 22nd November!

Children and Grandchildren of maybe interested elders are most welcome too!

Share widely also via our facebook events page .

Related news:

The Venue for our Drop-ins and and times for our progress meetings will change in 2017! Watch this place for updates!


(Credit for this month’s header photo goes to Enriched Earth NI website)