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.
Our Open Meetings continue to be a great success with more people becoming aware each time, of what we are trying to establish in terms of cohousing in Galloway.
On Saturday 6th December we piloted a presentation on cohousing in general and Galloway Cohousing in particular. This will be developed for use with local agencies such as Local Councils and Housing Associations.
This was followed by an interactive exercise on Common House design and use.
The purpose of this was to establish priorities and preferences and the outcomes of the activity will be available shortly.
The communal aspect of the cohousing lifestyle is always re-enforced by our shared meal and this month’s highlight was the cake made by our resident chef!
Our next Open Meeting, where we will among other things discuss the outcomes of the Cohouse Design exercise, is on Saturday 7th March
at the Community Centre, Cotton Street, Castle Douglas
10.30 Refreshments 11am Meeting 1pm – 2pm ‘Pot Luck’ Lunch
for more information and directions
Our filmnight last month was interesting with three new faces and some useful discussion afterwards. Otherwise we are forging ahead with some new intitiatives – watch this space. The picture below is what we dream of eventually…but of course without the guarantee of such fine weather.
Our next Open Meeting will be on Saturday 6th December in the Community Centre, Cotton Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1AJ
see www.list.co.uk/place/52760-castle-douglas-community-centre for directions
We start at 11am with a cuppa, followed by a general session on cohousing developments to date and a look at some aspects of ecobuild housing.
Lunch is about 1pm and if you wish to stay for this please bring a small contribution to the shared lunch.
Some new dates for the coming months. As October arrives bringing more lovely weather we hope, but hinting at the long evenings to come, we decided to have
a Film Night in the Community Centre, Castle Douglas
this will be from 7 till 9pm on Thursday 9th October.
We’ll be looking at cohousing projects around the world.
Let’s have a look at how this works!
After this we are taking a break to enjoy the Autumn leaves and will be back in action for an Open Meeting same place, in the Community Centre, Castle Douglas at the usual time of 11am.
Come along and find out what’s going on with cohousing and enjoy a shared meal with others afterwards. If you want to stay for the lunch please bring food to share, but it’s not a competition, all goodies accepted!