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UK Cohousing Trust

The UK Cohousing Trust was set up in 2013 with charitable objectives for the public benefit. An application for charitable registration has recently been made to the Charity Commission.

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 Brenton - Senior Cohousing Ambassador

Maria got involved in cohousing because she is interested in continued autonomy in old age. Her exploration of Dutch and Danish cohousing inspired the creation of OWCH (Older Women's Cohousing). She is also a founder member of the Network and the Trust, as well as being a non-resident member of OWCH.

John Goodman

John Goodman (Chair of the Trust)

I was head of policy and the regions at Co-operatives UK from 2000-2013, with housing as part of my brief. Before that I worked in local co-operative development in the West Midlands, where I still live, in a small cohousing community. My ambition is to show how self-managed housing make better homes, better communities and better lives.

Melanie Nock

Melanie Nock

Melanie is a founder member of the community project at Laughton lodge where she still lives. She was also a founder member of the Cohousing network and the trust. Her working life is eclectic but has benefited from a 20 year training in consensus and group dynamics.

Stephen Hill, Group Member Director

Stephen Hill

I’m a member of Dartmouth Park Coho. I fell into collaborative housing back in 1976, visiting the redevelopment of the Byker neighbourhood in Newcastle and the on-site office of the architect Ralph Erskine, who seemed to have no difficulty in involving a whole neighbourhood in the remaking of their place over many years. I thought then and still do ‘why would you want to do housing any other way?’

Caroline MacFarland, Co-opted Director from COVI

Caroline MacFarland

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. In 2015, she was named one of Management Today’s 35 women under 35.

Angela Vincent

Angela Vincent

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 Moss

Laura Moss

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 Woodward

Tim Woodward

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.

Anna Kear, Executive Director

Anna Kear

Anna joined UK Cohousing in February 2016 to take forward the new manifesto and raise awareness of the benefits of cohousing. Anna was previously a development director for Aster Group and has worked in the field of housing since 1988. Anna has been a Board member of Wiltshire Community Land Trust, Bath Self-help Housing, and local community arts projects.

Beth Boorman

Beth Boorman

Beth divides her time between UK Cohousing Trust and the National Community Land Trust Network, as Communications and Policy Manager. She has professional qualifications in digital marketing and internal communications and will be helping to raise the profile of community-led housing and helping to secure a more positive policy and funding environment.

The UK Cohousing Trust is a Company Limited by Guarantee. No 8443555.

Registered address: 17 Laughton Lodge, Laughton, Lewes. BN8 6BY.

Contact the Trust via the contact form. We are currently funded by the Tudor Trust.