Welcome to Galloway Cohousing

Cohousing is coming to Dumfries and Galloway!  CoHousing is a way of living in an “intentional community” where the residents have their own front doors to their own homes but also share some communal space.   This way of life is quite common in some European countries, particularly Denmark, and in the United States and Canada, and it is becoming popular in Britain.  The whole point is that the residents can support each other:  their communal building may house a laundry, possibly some workshops, a fitness room, but most importantly a communal kitchen and dining room where they can share meals, usually once or twice a week, although their houses and flats are fully equipped for cooking and independent living.  All this can be on a rented basis or an ownership basis, depending on the wishes of the proposed resident.

Galloway CoHousing is a group of friends in the Stewartry who are planning to establish a community along the lines of the cohousing model, ideally within easy reach of Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright or Dalbeattie.   It may be a new-build or it may be an old building or buildings which could be adapted to suit their requirements.  The plan would involve about 20 individual dwellings with enough space for a communal building as well.  Buildings will be constructed to  environmentally-friendly standards with plenty of light and insulation and possibly some renewable energy.  Outdoor space is important;  residents may have their own gardens and there will also be communal space.  Looking after the environment is one of the priorities of the Galloway CoHousing.

Find out more information about Cohousing at the UK Cohousing Network.

July update

The sun shone in Moniaive on Sunday 22nd June where eight of us enjoyed a great lunch at the Green Tearoom.

This was followed by a walk around the area (certain lazier folk stayed on in the tearoom reading the papers and eating fruit pie) while the Sanquhar Town Band tuned up in the car park and then played their way along the main street.!

There may be more such opportunities while the summer lies ahead.

The next Open meeting/Information Day is set for Sunday 7th September in the Community Centre, Cotton Street, Castle Douglas at 11am. This is to allow for folk who have expressed an interest in finding out more about us but cannot make the regular Saturday fixtures.

June Open Meeting and next Social Getogether

Great to see everyone last Saturday at our Open meeting in Castle Douglas.

Some new friends and some who have been away for a while. We enjoyed a video of a successful Danish cohousing project, shared ideas and good food.

Join us on Sunday 22nd June 12.30pm. at the Green Tearoom in Moniave for a chat and then a walk.

See you there!

May Update

The next open meeting of Galloway Cohousing will be an Information Event. This will be held on Saturday 7th June - 11am – 2pm Castle Douglas Community Centre, Cotton Street. Come and find out more about our developing multi-generational group. At the meeting we will look at Co-Housing in general with video examples of existing communities. We will also look specifically at Galloway Co-Housing:  developments so far and plans for the future, followed by discussion and lunch. Please bring lunch to share if you wish to stay after the main meeting.