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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
The common house will contain the following facilities:-
- 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
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.
We have fortnightly meetings which you are welcome to attend - contact details on our website.