Penington Cohousing Introductory Pack

Welcome to our Growing Community.

Our plans are to live in the Glasgow area.  Currently, those interested as members and associates are scattered.  We are trying to promote ways for us to get to know each other to form our community before we become neighbours.  Your input and cooperation will be much appreciated!

To comply with new data protection law we need your consent to share information about your interests with others in the group, please make sure that you tick the box on the form about sharing this.

The membership process starts with completing the application form; the next stage is an explorer phase, where we learn about each other and you learn more about cohousing and our plans.  Ideally, at this time you will meet with most of the other members in person.  Your membership will then be confirmed.


Current Plans

Steve Tolson, our volunteer consultant, knows the Managing Director of Urban Union, a smaller developer who is building homes for sale in Pollokshaws, a site served by 3 rail stations and good bus routes.  The development includes terraced houses, and flats (designs available from Ann).  We are planning to buy homes on this site, and collectively buy a one bedroom flat as our shared space for communal activities including shared meals.  Buying the flats as a group could mean that we will be able to negotiate a discount.


News from the local Community Council is that the planning permission for the groundworks has not yet been given, but Urban Union hopes to start in Feb 2019.


Help with moving Decluttering & Downsizing

Both Ann and Barbara have moved in the last 7 years, and know the difficulties that this can bring.  Barbara can recommend the services of APDO members (Association of Professional Declutters and Organisers) in enabling and assisting the downsizing process and moving.


Financial Assistance

The Scottish Government offers support to those who need to move because their homes are no longer suitable but cannot afford to do so.  The current scheme is called shared equity for older people.  See and look up shared equity for older people.

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.

2018 starts with #scotcoho

Scottish Cohousing Network looking to plan next steps forward for a

Scottish Cohousing Network/Association is emerging, at its first open meeting 15th Jan 2018

You are invited to attend this meeting to be part of this new group looking to plan the next steps to take cohousing forward in Scotland. The next meeting is at 2-5pm, at The Spark, 72, Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 7DA, just up the hill from Central station. The group want plenty of input from those who have an interest in cohousing.

If you are interested to find out more about #ScotCoHo, such as get sent the draft constitution and details of meeting,  please email  by next Monday noon.


More dates for your diary: our monthly PenCoHo drop-in coffee mornings: every third Saturday, 10.15 am – 11.15 am at the Cafe in the Royal Concerthall. 20th January, 17th February, 17th March, etc. Looking forward to meet you and hoping you can join our #seniorcoho pioneer group!



Midwinter News and Well-wishes

Penington members have been busy, attending the National Co-housing Conference in London in November and a workshop run by University of Lancaster, about senior cohousing in December.
We are planning to have  speaker from the Scottish Development Trust in Feb 2018, at a meeting which will be open to all cohousers interested to hear the talk. We hope this will show us a way to acquire the site on Titwood Road, and help other groups to get a site for themselves.
One of our members who attended the conference in London wrote :

 500 enthusiastic people – very inspiring.

The conference was sponsored by several orgs – they all had stands, banks etc who want to get involved and help projects. Triados and CAF notably.

A junior minister of housing [Alek Sharma] promised support and some cash – but as ever, it was vague, £60 million for 4 years – £60 million a year for 4 years, or over all? Not sure. [nor was he]. He rushed off before questions!

Tom Heap from Countryfile – very supportive; talked of rural areas needing affordable sustainable housing to keep population.

There were workshops throughout the day, and lots of opportunity to chat to people, the lunch queue was particularly good!

The workshop ‘Telling Tales’ was interesting – someone from Cannock Mill in Colchester spoke about how they had used their website, press releases, etc to attract members.  A journalist, from Camden, who also writes for some of the nationals, spoke very clearly about what a journalist is looking for, how to  attract their attention, etc.  He recommended ‘cultivating’ a couple of local journalists, they will syndicate through to the nationals. If you do a press release, or have a story that might interest them, ring ‘your’ journalist, then send the copy, then follow-up with another phone call a day or so later.  Everyone talked about Facebook, websites, etc – creating a buzz.

It’s the season of good will

Dear readers, therefor and for many more reasons: please help us to create that buzz!

We have some good news feeds for you to see on our twitter and facebook accounts, updates from matters relating to #coho and #seniorcoho in general, you also might like to share.  Such as progress of fellow #coho projects, and how the words gets round such as here in Parliament; click here or on image to go to video to hear and see our champions speak.


Our stockings are filled with loads of good will AND they are waiting to be filled in the New Year with many more goodies in form of good news on the building site front, and more new members for our pioneer group making #seniorcoho history in Glasgow! Contact us to join us, to offer help, and also remember our drop-in coffee mornings are the 3rd Saturday of the month, 10.15am – 11.30am at the Cafe of the Royal Concerthall, the next one being 20th January.
May you all have a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.
And may more and more #coho initiatives manifest their dream like these folks here from around the world:

Join us now from 50 up!

Penington now has lowered the age for becoming a full or associate member to 50 years of age! We look forward to welcoming more people to become members of Penington cohousing, Glasgow’s first senior cohousing initiative.

If you are free on Saturday, 18 November between 10.15am and 11.15am, do come and join us at our drop-in coffee morning at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall cafe.

And as per usual, any questions you have about Penington cohousing please do get in touch via email (see below), Facebook or Twitter. We are looking forward to hearing from you and to grow our senior cohousing group in Glasgow.

Ann MacInnes and Barbara Potter have been in conversation with local councillor Josephine Docherty, SNP, who is very keen to promote Penington cohousing in the Southside of Glasgow and to help looking for further sites to `self build’, with help from Southside Housing Association.

The formation of the Scottish Cohousing Association is making progress. Final name, vision mission aims, how to become a member, and legal status are in the process of being decided. Currently members of 7 (and counting) developing cohousing groups, community led housing groups, plus architects and surveyors are taking part in the formation process. People are feeling excited. It helps to share one’s experiences with people in similar stages of developing cohousing/community led housing. We do hope that the challenges, the many challenges, we are facing will be tackled through this our national network. If you, who are reading this, are a member of a currently developing cohousing/community led housing initiative in Scotland, and would like to be part of this developing process and eventually join the Scottish Cohousing Association, please contact Libby McHale at

Meanwhile,  in the rest of the UK,  quite a few Co-Ho projects have called the builders in, such as at this Senior CoHo  in Colchester



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!




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!

Continue Reading New Year – New Meeting Schedule

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!