It has been a couple of exciting weeks: we’ve had to start to rethink the plans because of the quantity surveyor’s initial costings!
We are now working our ways forward together with SHA (Southside Housing Association), JM Architects, and Steven Tolson our housing consultant, to make our project affordable and to have the rented option viable. All PenCoHo Members and Associates are invited to attend a mid-day meeting with Steven next Tuesday to be heard and involved. We welcome your views, even if you are still at the stage of ‘finding out’ about co-housing and whether it’s right for you. So, if you have not yet written or sent off your application for Associate Membership and wish to join in this ground breaking project at this vital stage, please click here and download the form, and get in touch with Barbara by next Monday, 27th June.
Thanks to having the first draft of Architectural Plans available for discussion, and with having monthly drop in sessions now, we’ve made a great push forward. We have 4 new Associate members who are really keen to learn more about how Senior CoHousing can work. More PenCoHo Members and Associates meet whenever they can and are starting to be “hands on”, contributing their knowledge and skills with things that need doing. There is much that needs action, especially outreach to find more members, so our Working Groups are beginning to evolve, members are meeting informally and our community is learning and growing together.
At the Drop-ins: Here is the flyer with the dates for the drop-in sessions up to the end of year.
But you can also contact us anytime to meet and talk with a PenCoHo member. Just get in touch. Contact details are on poster above, or reply here in the comment function below.
National CoHousing event:
If you are already active in community led housing, self build, or if you are a housing professional, an architect, or a policy maker, then you might be keen to find out more about an event led by Daniel MacKendry and team from A&DS, in autumn 2016 (as part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture, and Design and the Festival of Architecture). Plans are shaping up right now for this nationwide gathering of innovative housing and cohousing practitioners in Glasgow’s Lighthouse, to have an in depth look at the barriers and possibilities for cohousing in Scotland, and how to dissolve the former and help to manifest the latter. Please get in touch with Daniel and pass the word to everyone who may qualify to attend.
PenCoHo’s appreciation goes to the whole team of all the above mentioned people and organisations. It is a privilege to be part of a growing groundbreaking group and wider community, keen to work together on our pioneering project to build Scotland’s first Senior Cohousing development in Glasgow. We know that in years to come different models of Senior and other Cohousing projects will become viable because we are sticking together with imagination and flexibility, one step at a time, paving the path to the shared vision of good housing solutions for older people.
Recommended reading for all you groundbreaking people:
Co-Housing in Scotland, recent article by leading architect Matt Bridgestock, with Steven Tolson
Growing Older – Growing Bolder, our report on a CIH (Chartered Institute for Housing) on the ‘Getting Housing right for older people’ conference we took part
Land, communities and home, our report on the SEDA (Scottish Ecological Design Association) event we took part
All about LILAC, “Low Impact Living Affordable Community”, an award winning Co-Cohousing Project in Leeds; the homes and land are owned by a Mutual Home Ownership Society (MHOS)
OWCH, a group of women over fifty who are creating their own Co-Housing community in a new, purpose-built block of flats in Union St., High Barnet, N. London.”
Forthcoming event in the wider community:
“See for yourself – Community led Housing Solutions in Scotland” – Wednesday 13 July, hosted at Cassiltoun Housing Association in the beautifully refurnished Castlemilk Stables,