UK Cohousing Trust
The UK Cohousing Trust was set up in 2013 with charitable objectives for the public benefit. The Trust successfully registered with the Charity Commission in September 2018 (charity number 1179819).
The Trust’s purpose is to advance education for the public benefit with regards to the social and environmental impact of community housing and housing design, including by conducting research and disseminating evidence of that impact.
The role of the Trust is to undertake or commission research and disseminate evidence and best practice amongst the general public, policy makers, local authorities and other interested stakeholders. The current focus of the Trust’s work is looking at Senior Cohousing as a form of community led housing that can increase the active participation of older people in communities, reducing isolation and loneliness and enabling people to live independently for longer. This work currently involves working with Central Bedfordshire Council and the Housing Learning Improvement Network https://www.housinglin.org.uk on a co-production approach to older persons housing strategy development. The Trust is also working with other charitable and community led housing organisations exploring joint working and efficiencies in the provision of resources to support community development and improving accessibility and affordability in community led housing solutions.
UK Cohousing Trust Trustees and staff members
Maria Brenton - Senior Cohousing Ambassador
Maria is interested in continued autonomy in old age. Her research into Dutch and Danish cohousing inspired the creation of OWCH (Older Women's Cohousing). She is a founder member of the Trust, as well as being a non-resident member of OWCH.
John Goodman (Chair of the Trust)
John was head of policy and the regions at Co-operatives UK from 2000-2013, with housing as part of his brief. Before that he worked in local co-operative development in the West Midlands, where here currently lives, in a small cohousing community.
Melanie is a founder member of the community project at Laughton lodge where she still lives. She is also a founder member of the Trust. Her working life is eclectic but has benefited from a 20 year training in consensus and group dynamics.
Stephen got involved in collaborative housing in 1976, visiting the redevelopment of the Byker neighbourhood in Newcastle and the on-site office of the architect Ralph Erskine. Stephen is keen to see all the accumulated evidence of community housing projects is available to a wide an audience.
Caroline is the founder and director of the think tank Common Vision (CoVi). She was previously managing director at ResPublica, one of the founding team members of the foundation Power to Change, and a special advisor to the Big Lottery Fund.
Angela has a background in marketing communications. She is co-founder of Kent Cohousing and has ambitions to create, and live in, an intergenerational, self-build, eco community.
Laura is a solicitor at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP. She specialises in advising charities and social enterprises, with a particular focus on community-led housing. She is also a member of Otley CLT, which aims to develop affordable, community-led housing in West Yorkshire.
Tim is a Co-director of Sturts Community Trust and has over 30 years’ experience of living in intentional communities throughout Europe and the UK.
David Mullins is Emeritus Professor of Housing Policy at University of Birmingham. He is a steering group member of Birmingham Community Homes and a committee member at Birmingham Cooperative Housing Services. His research on community-led housing has included work on empty homes with Self-Help Housing.Org (2008-15), co-editing a special issue of International Journal of Housing Policy on Self-Organised and Civil Society participation in housing (2018) and organising the Birmingham Hope for Housing Conference in July 2018.
The UK Cohousing Trust is a Company Limited by Guarantee. No 8443555.
Registered address: 17 Laughton Lodge, Laughton, Lewes. BN8 6BY.