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Cohousing Hafan Las (formerly Vintage Green Cohousing)

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Formerly known as Vintage Green Cohousing, Cohousing Hafan Las is proposing a visionary scheme to create a close, supportive community with a positive approach to multigenerational living, with a good mix of people at different stages of life, but at least 1/3 of people over 50.

Our aim is to meet the challenges of an ageing population, and a lack of affordable housing in Wales - encouraging sustainable lifestyles and building good relationships across the generations.

Mission

  • To develop an eco-cohousing community in West Wales, consisting of low-impact, affordable homes.
  • To build a close, supportive community with a positive approach to multigenerational living, with a good mix of people at different stages of life, and with all ages having an active involvement in the creation and management of the community.
  • To have at least 1/3 of people over 50 and we see this project as providing a good model for how to live positively, building good relationships across the generations, and helping older people to live actively into old age.
  • To create a culture where attention is given to emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual well-being, as we believe that care for the earth and "people care" are a crucial part of community life.
  • To enhance the people care, we will be implementing an open and transparent communication system, using the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) model, and consensus decision-making methods.  All members will undertake training in both areas.
  • To adopt sustainable lifestyles, i.e. recycling and sharing resources, and looking at positive ways of dealing with waste, both human and commercial.To adopt a legal structure that allows for purchase or rental of dwellings.
  • There will be 20 or more individual household units as well as a large, shared common house.  Each person or family will have a simple, private living space, with one to three bedrooms, and share a large common house.
  • Members will be involved in the design and construction process in partnership with architects and developers, with the aim of low-impact buildings that will enable ecological sustainability in every aspect of daily life.
  • We will develop strong links within the local community.

Aims

  • The site will be on the edge of a town or village, having good links to public transport and local amenities, also access to countryside.
  • The buildings will be affordable and environmentally sound, and as low-energy as possible – well insulated and preferably south-facing to incorporate solar gain; on a  site of at least one and a half acres.
  • We will aim to make the whole site accessible (which may include lifts) so that people with a range of abilities/disabilities would be able to live there.
  • The community will have a car sharing scheme to minimise the number of cars at the project, with a separate car parking area, leaving the main site free of vehicles.
  • The shared areas of the project will be designed to maximise opportunities for people to socialise informally.
  • We will have a shared space for growing organic vegetables using permaculture principles.

Individual Units

Each individual unit is likely to have 1-3 bedrooms, a lounge, cooking area and bathroom.  They will be built using environmentally sound materials, and be well insulated to minimise ongoing fuel costs.

Common house

The common house will contain the following facilities:-

  • Kitchen
  • Dining room with space for all residents to eat together
  • Laundry facilities
  • Guest rooms
  • Large space for dancing, singing, yoga, etc and holding workshops for people from the wider community
  • Tool workshop
  • A dedicated crafts room, if space allows

Shared activities

We will be doing a number of shared activities together, which will include the following:-

  • Vegetarian communal meals 3-4 times a week (with vegan option available), with everyone taking turns in cooking for the group
  • An agreed number of hours per year for communal work, i.e. in the common house, garden, administration, etc.
  • Participation in shared work days

As well as visiting our website you can keep in touch with us via our Facebook group.

STOP PRESS!!  We are looking at a site in Fishguard - a lively town with the Pembrokeshire Coast Path close by, good rail and bus services, and lots of social and cultural activities.  The site is south-facing and within walking distance of lots of amenities.

Stage: 
The focus is on finding a site and raising money. The group will have to work up a business plan and may have commissioned some feasibility studies. They may have their first experience of small scale contracts with professionals. This stage ends when a ‘definite’ site is found. There may be several iterations of this stage.
Regular Events: 
We have fortnightly meetings which you are welcome to attend - contact details on our website.

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