Cohousing in Powys: healthy homes and strong communities

Our cohousing project is here to encourage and help Powys residents develop their own cohousing schemes.

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Cohousing is a cluster of private or rented homes grouped around a shared community space. Each home has its own facilities, including its own kitchen and bathroom. But the people living in these homes share a communal building which may include a large kitchen and dining area, laundry, and recreational spaces. The residents come together to use the communal amenities.

Unlike traditional housing developments, people chose to live in a cohousing scheme because they want to build relationships with their neighbours and be part of a strong community.

Benefits of cohousing:

  • Cohousing helps people to start well, live well and age well.
  • Cohousing helps people live in a more sociable, caring and co-operative way.
  • This reduces isolation, strengthens communities and improves mental and physical wellbeing.
  • Residents enjoy the privacy of having their own home combined with the sociability of shared space, resources and purpose.
  • Cohousing provides safer and more affordable spaces for children, families and older people.

The Powys Cohousing project is here to help Powys residents develop their own cohousing schemes. It is funded by Powys County Council and is delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre.

Support on offer:

  • Access to a network of people who want to create sustainable, successful cohousing projects in Powys.
  • Regular email updates with details of talks, events and projects happening in Powys.
  • Routes into Cohousing bilingual resource pack.
  • Group presentations for your community or organisation.
  • Webinars about cohousing.
  • Half day Route to Cohousing workshops
  • One-to-one advice from our expert Cohousing Officer.

We can support groups that are ready to move forward with a project and may be able to provide funding for feasibility studies, legal advice or other professional support. We may be able to help identify potential sites or introduce you to other groups who want to partner with a cohousing project. You may also be able to apply for a small grant of up to £2500 if you engage with the Explore stage of the Communities Creating Homes programme delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre and its partner the Development Trusts Association Wales.

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Allan Shepherd, Powys Cohousing Project Officer, talks about his role and the difference he's hoping to make

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Allan Shepherd, Cohousing Project Officer for Powys
Allan Shepherd

Meet Allan Shepherd, our Powys Cohousing Officer - Allan is our cohousing expert. In fact, he is the only dedicated cohousing officer in Wales. He is passionate about helping people in Powys develop intentional communities and build relationships with their neighbours.