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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 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

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 Nock

Melanie Nock

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 Hill, Group Member Director

Stephen Hill

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 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.

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.

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.