OWCH: UK’s first up and running Senior CoHo development

Cohousing, in general,

is a way of living that brings individuals and families together in groups to share common aims and activities while also enjoying their own self-contained accommodation and personal space.

Cohousing communities are a means of compensating for the alienating effects of modern life where neighbours often don’t recognise one another and where day-to-day collaboration is minimal. They offer particular benefits for children in terms of secure play-space and shared activities with their peers. Older people can also find companionship and mutual support in such communities. (Penington CoHousing is a project for people aged 55 years and over.)

The main features of cohousing communities are:

  • They are set up and run by their members for mutual benefit.
  • Members have a conscious commitment to living as a community.
  • Developments are designed to encourage social contact and a sense of neighbourhood among members.
  • Common space facilitates shared activities such as community meals, and other amenities like laundries, heating systems, guest rooms, transport, etc., may be shared.

The above information is from the UK Cohousing Network website.

Fantastic compilation of articles and resources on all things CoHo: http://cannockmillcohousingcolchester.co.uk/want-to-know-more/

What is Senior Cohousing?

from slides by Barbara Potter

from slides by Barbara Potter

Stay inspired with

Excellent video of “New Ground” UK’s new and famous Senior CoHo

Lets have a look how other Senior Cohousing Communities define themselves:

Elder Spirit USA 

Imagine living in a small intentional “neighborhood” which is designed for personal privacy, yet offers some shared space, and ways for you to share parts of your life with neighbors who really care about you, and whom you care about.

elderspirit define

from elsewhere

Making choices now, before others start making them for you

“Cohousing has the potential to transform the way we age in this country so that our elders are treated with respect and their contribution is honored through their last breath.”


see also

Guardian article on Cohousing, February 2015

Now read on our next page: Is cohousing for you?

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