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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:

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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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See for yourself – Community owned housing solutions

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Reporting on a truly inspirational event

This conference on the 13th July was organised by Development Trusts Association Scotland and hosted at Cassiltoun Housing Association’s offices at the historic stables building which has been restored.

Scotland has huge contrasts in the urban and rural settings, and the day had been organised so all the delegates could participate in workshops on both topics.

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Growing Older and Bolder – Getting Housing Right

Did you know The number of people over the age of 60 is projected to increase by 43% between 2012 and 2037. …?

I went to hear our Treasurer Barbara Potter together with our newly appointed consultant Steven Tolson give a presentation on Senior Cohousing at the “Getting Housing Right For Older People” CIH (Chartered Institute for Housing) conference on the 18th May in Glasgow. There was so much interest that the event was ‘Sold out’.  About 80 people participated: “staff working in housing associations, local authorities and the third sector that help to support older residents or service users. This included housing officers and other frontline staff, officers involved in developing local strategies and policies relating to housing and services for older people, tenancy support officers and people working with community groups. “ (Click here if you want to see or download the program of the day and for more details of the background & objectives of conference, click here.)

I was keen to hear and see how the conference and delegates addressed 3 of my main questions & concerns :

  1. Are people here in touch with the notion “The Elder”? Calling an older person ‘an Elder’ signifies for me the direction I would like our society to go, with the notion of ‘The Elder’ implying a role and responsibility of the human being when, at a certain age and stage in life, he or she is liberated from being tied to a treadmill. Now, with “wings to fly”, the Elders can show society how to grow places and people in nobler, more dignified ways.
  2. How can people involved with ‘Senior Cohousing’ developments get empowered to contribute successfully to solving the challenges facing our ageing population?
  3. Who will make these empowerments happen?

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Land, Communities and Home: a SEDA event

Our very own Ann MacInness gave a talk on PenCoHo at the very inspiring SEDA event

Keeping the conversation going, and pushing forward in all sectors of society in terms of awareness raising, concept building, policy-making and sustainable community growing, that has been the consent on this long planned event in Edinburgh on 12 May, where cohousing developments in the UK and in Scotland were centre stage.

“A discussion took place looking at whether new social housing models like co-housing could help solve the housing crisis: part of the SEDA  (Scottish Ecological Design Association)  Festival of Greendrinks.

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Weekend at Dunoon

We had our first weekend away together.

Friday afternoon we managed to go to Benmore Gardens in beautiful sunshine.

Saturday evening meal. We scrapped the evening session because we talked so much when we eat together.

Photo of our stall at 50’s+ Show