People forming a Group

This noticeboard is intended for individuals, small handfuls of individuals or families that would like to find others to get something going. People are likely to be at a very early stage and so not big enough or thought-through enough to go into our Forming Groups section. We would always urge people to consider whether they really want to "reinvent the wheel" all over again. Existing communities are often looking for new members (take a look here) and there are usually several forming groups who've already got some way down the line here.
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New Community for Swansea Central

Hi there. We are Dan and Zyg, two brothers looking to welcome new members to form a community in Swansea. We have a 7-bed house with a decent size garden, conservatory, couple of greenhouses and garage, just half a mile from the beach. The music room has a grand piano and other instruments - bring yours too. We are interested in people wanting to participate in the eco-renovation of the house and growing food in the garden, and then share a happy co-existence with us. Though in a vibrant and cosmopolitan area with all that city life offers, we're on a quiet street, so it's a place of relaxation and enjoyment. Call Dan on 07722 224479 or email dan@danzyg.com if you're interested.

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Ecumenical liberal Christian community

After just a few weeks posting here we have found someone to move into our little lay Christian community this summer. Another single room will become available on 1st August. We enjoy communal life, sharing meals and prayer, while maintaining individual independent lives, work and study. It's a big house with parking and a garden next door to a church and 7 mins bus ride from Elstree & Borehamwood station in Zone 6 on the line into London. Some people stay months, others years. It's a safe space to spend time working out what your next step might be. Work and leisure interests of previous and current members have included: music, art, drama, massage, gardening, cycling. We're all involved in local church life. The rent is £395 per month plus bills and a share of the food costs (total £510 monthly at present). If you're interested or would like to find out more please call Frances on 0771 4204201 francesnovillo@yahoo.co.uk

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Cohousing Hafan Las

Developing a multigenerational, eco-cohousing community in Pembrokeshire or West Carmarthenshire. We want to create a close, supportive community with a positive approach to multigenerational living, with a good mix of people at different stages of life, but at least 1/3 of people over 50. Our aim is to meet the challenges of an ageing population, and a lack of affordable housing in Wales - encouraging sustainable lifestyles and building good relationships across the generations. Cohousing is a form of group living which clusters individual homes around a 'common house' - the common house is the hub of the community with its own kitchen and workshops; members can share meals, skills and activities and also have a room(s) for visitors to stay. It can also be a facility for the wider community to join in activities. Cohousing offers an alternative approach with many advantages over conventional housing. An important aspect of this project is too make is to make the housing affordable and environmentally as well as socially sustainable. The buildings will be insulated to the highest standards, reducing the need for heating. We will make the best use of natural lighting and renewable energy. We want it to be a truly green project with communal and private gardens for us to relax in and enjoy and benefit from our own fresh vegetables. The site will be in/near a town or village with access to public transport and other facilities; we will have a car sharing scheme. Do get in touch if you're interested in finding out more.

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A Fairer Society Sussex & Kent: Developing Community

We have several households committed to this cohousing project. AFS are skilled, professional enablers leading us through a development process from initial inspiration to occupying a community of homes. We have been working on understanding the processes, developing the vision and assessing individual household's financial positions. There are several sites that have recently come available, and been snapped up by developers! These sites are of various sizes, and could support various kinds of communities. These sites have been both East and West of Brighton and we are investigating several of them. We have room for several more households within our target of 10-20 dwellings of differing sizes. If we have more people committed they will be put on a waiting list for another project led by AFS. Please respond for fuller details and links to documentation.

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South West Network seeks more settlers for the Resistance!

Hi, I am a political activist, land worker and entrepreneur (musicoftheresistance.com and rebirch.com ) advertising on behalf of an informally and disparately connected network of growers, political activists, engineers, software designers, entrepreneurs and Artists across the southwest of England, particularly in rural Devon. I seek more likeminded individuals from across the country and internationally to help build a strong ownership base of land and property in the region, affording opportunities for political strategy, civil disobedience and the growth of truly sustainable human culture. The interests of myself and my contacts include: organic growing, permaculture, ecological engineering, meditation, martial arts, quantum physics, writing, singing, dancing, polyamory, home education of children, low impact solutions, community building, working animals, self-builds, challenging planning law (lots of experience), political activism, nomadic lifestyles, fasting and feasting, eating for optimum health, festivals, appropriate and spiritual psychedelic use, photography, publishing, curating, science and technology, engagement with wider society, rites of passage, foraging, ecopreneurship (making lots of money in order to transform capitalism from the inside), documentary making and much much more. We seek folk of all levels of experience and from all backgrounds, but groundedness and a sharp edge are preferred. Physical fitness and political courage are also bonuses. A couple of us live in a new housing development of flats in a town which is central to the whole of Devon. It is nicer than the average modern development and another row will be built here soon. Around 110K per flat. For various projects at the moment I particularly seek a live in carpenter and mechanic for one project, and a female grower with her own campervan for another project. Email matt.lepley@gmail.com or phone Matt on 07967738778 I look forward to hearing from you!

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Join The Individuals Network

Hi my names Daniel and I've created a website that you may be interested in called www.theindividualsnetwork.com. It's basically a social networking site based around mysticism, unconditional love, connectivity and creativity. In the future when I have more people on my site I hope to partially make it a platform for people to connect and make communes/communities. So, if you're a free thinking individual human being and are looking to connect with the same, join my site. I look forward to seeing you there!

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People willing to rent/Buy a large house.

Hi, we are looking for like minded people who are fed up with having to run their own homes single handedly. One aim is to reduce individual costs, yet have a substantially larger property to share. It isnt going to be easy, but with a great deal of willing it should work. We are open to many suggestions but the prime aim is to live together happily into old age. We havent a particular area in mind so are not fixated on either coast or city.The importance is having a collective, which will enable us to have many more valuable possessions,such as a swimming pool, gym, large garden, possible river or coastal views. A sports car/ Motorhome / Caravan in the drive for those happy enough to use,and many other useful vehicles which will be shared. Most importantly we will be amongst new companions. Never completely alone and always there for a cuppa or chat about completely irrelevant or maybe even relevant things! I now have a small band of people giving me good ideas, and it will be nice to get together to have an initial meeting to get the ball rolling, watch this space for a time and date. If you think you might be vaguely interested,or indeed know someone else who could be, by all means give me a call, many thanks, Tom. 07825687131 ps. We are based in WSM, and hope to host an initial get together for all those interested. Hopefully before the end of the summer!! Also as a rough estimate,and its only rough,I would imagine to purchase an ideal property for up to 10 individuals would be about £100K p/p. But I am sure there are some clever people heading for our group who can put that side together better than me. Hope to hear from you soon.

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Creating a cultural community in the Canary Islands

We are a small group of friends considering the possibility of renting / buying together a large countryside villa or farm in the Canary Island (probably Lanzarote) or possibly somewhere in south Spain and converting it to accommodate a small permanent or semi permanent community of like minded Members, Volunteers and Visitors. We are thinking of a financial output from each of the members of around 3000/4000 euros per years (to rent) or 60.000 euros (to buy). These are just very indicative figures and might change considerably if the circumstances so requires. The ideal Community will be one composed by people coming from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities that share the believe that working and living together with other people makes sense in many different ways. This could be arranged on a very small or larger scale. One of the aims of the Community would be to host a variety of Courses, Seminars and Workshops on a variety of natural heath and cultural themes. If this is achieved perhaps we could make the Community self sufficient financially (it would make enough money to pay rent and bills). We are at the moment trying to draft an possible statute for the Community in which rights and obligations etc of Members, Volunteers etc... are set but the whole thing is still very much in the process of taking shape. Pls get in touch if you wish more information. Martino

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Sunflower Cohousing Society

Sunflower Cohousing currently has four members, and we are looking for others to join us in an environmentally conscious cohousing project. We have recently purchased a property in a small hamlet near Champagne-Mouton in France, where there is an infant’s school, doctor, pharmacy, post office, and supermarket. The property comprises a modernised 2-bedroomed house, with stone barns on both sides and a hangar, all facing into a central grassed courtyard. We have started to convert one of the barns into 2 small, self-contained cottage-style houses. We also have consent for 3 additional houses, and plans for 2 larger family dwellings. Each house will have its own private garden space to the rear, and a semi-private patio area to the front, facing onto the courtyard. The new houses are all highly insulated, with solar heating pipes under the tiles of a sealed roofing system, and with wood-fired back-boilers producing heat and hot water from regenerative sources. One section of the barns will house a community building, with a larger kitchen and dining/meeting area, craft room, a laundry, office space, and additional bedroom space for visitors. There is also an existing workshop area, machinery bay, and garden tool workshop, all of which will be incorporated into the community space. We have started to create a community vegetable garden (our potager) and a new orchard in an adjoining 4 acre field which is also owned by the community. We intend to keep a small selection of livestock on this field, to complement the chickens and geese that already share our space. We are working towards an ecologically friendly lifestyle, and to be self-sufficient where possible, but we also recognise that true self-sufficiency is very labour intensive, and so we try to achieve a sensible balance in order that we may also enjoy life. We have a range of systems already in place – composting bins, worm bins, aquaponics, vegetable and fruit production – and are constantly looking at ways to improve upon our arrangements but also to minimise our impact on the surrounding countryside. ᅠ Between us, we have gained experience in developing permaculture systems and organic practices in the UK and Spain, in both wet and arid conditions and would be looking to introduce and expand upon those techniques as part of the production of food for the community. We also have a wide range of practical and creative skills, such as building, IT, animal husbandry, fleece spinning, weaving and knitting, willow weaving, preserving, sewing, dying, and basket making. We are looking for others with a similar outlook on life to come and join us. Investing members will be asked to match our own investment to date (we are not looking to make a profit), and will in return receive an equal share and an equal say in the ownership and development of the community as a whole. http://www.sunflowercohousing.org.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/505483079482490/

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Community for youthful retirees (Updated August 2017)

Community for youthful retirees Southern Cornwall - roughly Penzance to Looe. CHARACTERS - Community Housing Association of Retired Arty Crafty Types (Environmentally Responsible Souls) Imagine a cross between “Last Of The Summer Wine” and “Friends” – a friendly and eco friendly community set up with the aim of improving individual quality of life as well as substantially reducing the collective footprint. I am a retired fella seeking like-minded-souls to join me in a rental property in a lovely area that my kids would want to visit - and not just to see me... Preferably big garden and by the sea - boat share anyone? Not sure how to go about setting this up but students seem to be able to manage... perhaps all members could put up a bond sufficient to initially acquire a suitable property as well as helping to ensure the group maintained it’s focus and had time to vet replacement candidates when necessary? Looking for people who enjoy the likes of:- working/playing together, live music whether listening or playing, cooking, arty-crafty stuff, gardening, good conversation, sport etc... When I searched the internet there were any number of expensive Care Homes and the likes for the aged but I am neither old nor in need of any care. A rental property would seem the quickest and simplest way forward – a hotel or big Guest House or? I suspect a minimum personal requirement would be to have a double en-suite bedroom and access to social areas both indoors and out to relax proportionate to the group. Perhaps the group, or a subset thereof, would have a desire for a more permanent arrangement as some kind of Cooperative through what I believe is called Crowd-Funding - maybe a property suitable for development both internally and externally. I believe there would be a place for all kinds of members with different financial portfolios from investors at one extreme to those purely wanting a relatively fixed modest rent. ADVANTAGES-FINANCIAL. The expenses associated with acquiring accommodation can be drastically reduced as well as day to day living expenses – especially for someone living on their own. For someone like myself who is “managing” by themselves there is the prospect of being relatively “comfortable” ADVANTAGES-SOCIAL. Especially for a single person, the prospect of independent living far beyond that which might be enjoyed living alone - in particular with regard to their mental health. Pals to play with and share life’s ups and downs. It just seems so much more civilised! We are all old enough to have acquired hobbies and interests that others might be interested in and I would dearly love to be introduced to more... Consider this – unlike a transient student accommodation this would be an opportunity to settle in a beautiful area with like-minded souls with time at their disposal who would become your good friends – of course there would be challenges along the way but there are thriving groups out there proving group living can be done... Possibly the most powerful reason to some might be that a surviving partner would not suddenly be left alone – a very comforting thought... DISADVANTAGES. HARD work at first... As with everything where some kind of gain is possible there are of course risks hence renting first to hone the group and learn how best to go forward successfully. If any of this appeals and you are interested and/or know someone who might be and/or know of any existing groups along these lines please post a reply, thanks. Den

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