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.

February update -

The next open meeting of Galloway Cohousing will be an Information Event. This will be held on Saturday 8th March - 11am 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 in England and other parts of Europe. 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. 

December update

Two successful open meetings recently, though numbers of friends attending these have dropped our steering group is growing and we have welcomed to two new full members.  Our next social event is planned for January 11th; A walk at Friars Carse followed by a visit to Allanton Peace Sanctuary. Our open meetings will be quarterly from now on, details here on the website or published in the Green Handbook (local directory.)
Next Open meeting is Saturday March 8th at Castle Douglas Community Centre, 10.30 for 11am start – 12.30 Bring and Share lunch – finish 2pm. As always new faces and old – all welcome. If you can only make it for the lunch do join us, there is always plenty! More details of any special agenda or guest speaker nearer the time. For now, warm wishes for the festive season for all of us at Galloway Cohousing.