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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.

Pencoho events invitations & #scotcoho take-off

It is a very potent time right now with there being more and more #coho opportunties and interest about, and with #seniorcoho changes afoot, nationally, and in and around PenCoHo.

Together we have the power to change!

Find  out more this Saturday 20th January about the news of a Scottish Cohousing Association forming plus the latest developments at PenCoHo: between 10.15 and 11.15 a.m.,  at the far end of the Cafe of the Royal Concerthall, away from the noise of the coffee machine.

Then there is an open invitation to hear Catherine McWilliam from the Development Trust, at the beginning of the Penington Progress Meeting  1.30pm on 20th Feb, at Sparks, 1st Floor, 72 Waterloo Street, G2  7DA. There is a lift. Can people confirm if they hope to attend via email, so we all fit in the room please?

And another reminder for your diary: the next Saturday drop-in coffee mornings are on 17th February and 17th March, usual time and place (see above, tomorrow’s).

Now to some updates of our national network building:

#scotcoho meeting last Tuesday went well, officially launching the Scottish Cohousing Network, adopting a constitution (as an unincorporated association).

3. The purpose of the Network is to advance citizenship and community development and to advocate for Cohousing by:

a. Raising awareness and providing advice to national and local government, planners, social landlords and other housing professionals about the prospect for Cohousing in Scotland
b. Providing support to emerging and existing community-led Cohousing groups – sharing ideas and experience
c. Engaging with other related associations to promote Cohousing.

with the following criteria for Membership
7. The structure of the Network shall consist of:

a. Emerging and existing Cohousing groups in Scotland can be registered with the Network as Group Members
b. People aged 16 or over who are friends of the Network, and are interested in joining a Cohousing group, can apply to become Supporting Members
c. Organisations and professional advisers wishing to be kept in touch and invited to events organised by the Network can join as Associate Members.

Would you like to join? Or do you have any questions? Please contact the role bearers via
Special thanks to all who got us this far, a process involving many people over the last 2 years. Now the real work begins. And many more people are needed. We ARE making history in Scotland!

Here is to #cohousing #communityledhousing🔔🏘️☘️ Pass the word!


Also: please see, sign and share this petition from the SeniorCoHo group in Fife, as they work very hard making their dream reality: Stop the Demolition of Inverkeithing Primary School

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!



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



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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