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Stage 1. Getting Started.

Researching the options and agreeing overarching objectives.


Locality: Early Stage Support Programme

Funded by the Nationwide Foundation, this is a two year programme, starting in 2016, to help community groups in England in the critical early stages of their project. It provides help with everything from choosing a legal structure to funding guidance.

Successful groups will receive one-to-one assistance from experienced sector professionals. There is also a small grant pot available to help with early stage costs.

Who can apply

Webinar resource: What is cohousing? May 8th 2015

On May 8th we held another of lunchtime webinars, this time exploring what cohousing is and how to join or start a cohousing community. Joined by Roz Dunwell and Jane Stott from the Threshold Centre in Dorset, we looked in more detail at what cohousing is all about, how Threshold began, how to recruit new members and we also touched on how to deal with issues in the community once you’re up and running.

We hope you enjoy the webinar, and please let us know if you have any suggestions of topics for future webinars.



Overview of different community housing approaches & support options

Attached is a brief description of the different community led housing models. It's not an exclusive list and its intended to help cohousing groups access information about similar local projects, a range of useful help and advice, funding, different ideas of how solve problems and ways of doing things.

Being over prescriptive about an approach restricts what can be achieved and the support available to your group. The attached document gives introductory information on;