UK Cohousing Network

Cohousing communities are created and run by their residents. Each household has a self-contained, private home but residents come together to manage their community and share activities. Cohousing is a way of combating the alienation and isolation many experience today, recreating the neighbourly support of the past. This can happen anywhere, in your street or […]

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Growing Older Together The Case for Housing that is Shaped and Controlled by Older People

This Housing LIN Case Study Report argues that we need to develop more housing that is shaped and controlled by older people themselves. Housing of this kind has a proven appeal to older people and it is of increasing interest and relevance to a new generation of active, independent-minded older people, who are attracted to […]

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Living together in a cohousing community

In a ‘cohousing’ development residents live as part of a community, making decisions together and supporting each other. We consider whether such arrangements could help older people stay independent for longer, and chat to an older resident at the Threshold Centre in Dorset who shares his thoughts on the highs and lows of community living. […]

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Cohousing briefing paper Work on the wild side For developers and architects

There is growing interest in exploring non-mainstream housing options for older people, including various methods of self-help and mutual support that are often similar to cohousing principles. This briefing is the first of two from the Housing Learning and Improvement Network and is explicitly written for designers and architects developing housing and care schemes for […]

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Cohousing briefing paper Work on the wild side For commissioners and housing and social care providers

This briefing, the second of two, has been written with commissioners and organisations providing housing and care and support services in mind. The main challenge is that it is virtually impossible to quantify demand for cohousing unless and until a cohousing or community-led housing group is brought to commissioners’ attention. Commissioners cannot directly commission cohousing, […]

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The Cohousing Approach to Lifetime Neighbourhoods

This Housing LIN Factsheet No.29 considers how local authorities can work with public and private sector partners to develop a cohousing approach towards the outcomes sought from the government’s national strategy on housing for an ageing society. Read more about cohousing on these websites: Housing LIN: http://www.housinglin.org.uk UK Cohousing Network: http://www.cohousing.org.uk Age UK: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/home-and-care/housing-choices/living-together-in-a-cohousing-community

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