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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North Bristol Community Project

North Bristol Community Project is a small local charity which aims to promote well-being through community participation, social inclusion and self-empowerment. If you would like to join an urban based community of like-minded people come and visit us, have a cuppa, learn new things, share your skills and make new friends. The office tends to be open Mon, Tues, Thurs, Frid 10am-4pm.

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Brighton Cohousing

We are two retired & active women looking to form a small cohousing group which we see as living in a cooperative & mutually supportive way. We live in Brighton & want to remain living in the city. We envisage the group as owner occupiers of their own units with additional internal & external spaces being owned & shared by all. An important factor will be to develop friendships, both individually & collectively, to enhance our potential, & to look outward to the community in which we live. This is a brief resume of our ideas (we have more detail) & if any of it is of interest to you we can be contacted via our emails, maggiebliss81@gmail.com & breeda94@hotmail.com

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Community to be formed in East Yorkshire

I will be purchasing a property in East Yorkshire that has a fair bit of outside space. I also own a couple of acres of arable land about 25 mins drive away. I'd like to tentatively start forming a community, where we strive to be as self sufficient as possible. Initially, accommodation would have to be in your own camper vans or caravans. Power and water is available. At some stage I'd like to look for a larger property with more land and out buildings, but for now the current property will suffice. Please msg me on here and we can discuss.

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Forming cohousing communities in London, Bristol, and Exeter

We are currently in the process of helping community groups interested in building cohousing schemes in London, Bristol, and Exeter form. We (KIN) are a design-led, architecture and development practice. Our objective is to deliver the world’s most environmentally and socially sustainable homes: creating a beautiful, healthy, sustainable, carbon-free built environment for everyone. Having lived and worked in community, we know it can be an overwhelming process to, literally, build a community. Our aim is to bring people together, who are looking for a better way to get the homes that want. We have the expertise and support needed to make things happen, be that design, finance, securing land or providing general advice. NB: If there is sufficient interest in other cities/areas, then we are happy to explore those too. You can sign up to express your interest at www.cohousing.co If you already have a group of people together, or have a particular project or site you want to discuss, please do get in touch at www.kinarchitects.co You can also connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/298134157060594

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Looking to connect with others to form a community also working as volunteers

Hello, At the moment me and my girlfriend are looking to connect with other people, preferably in the North East of England , to try to form some kind of community. We are planning on living in a camper van, which is liveable in already, but needs a little bit work, and travelling around in February / March to get some more ideas of how good communities work! I have been involved with a lovely group of people just outside of Durham, working mainly in the garden, on the veg box scheme, but also helping out with woodland work and the chickens. I did a permaculture course around a year ago and I'm training to be a herbalist. My girlfriend (Alex) is a bushcraft enthusiast, has done a couple of course and would like to start running courses, but would like to learn more She has had a lot of experience of living simply and using traditional methods (she worked at Beamish for a few years) and is very capable and personable! We're both passionate about living simply and as sustainably as possible and ideally would like to run/ be involved with some kind of environmental centre, teaching about sustainability and environmental in a fun, engaging way. We both have family in the North East, so we're looking to try to form something there, though we're open to other possibilities. It'd be great to meet up if you have similar ideas! We'll be travelling in February / March as well and we would like to work as volunteers on projects, ideally where we could learn more in our respective fields (Bushcraft and herbalism), however we're also interested in sustainable housebuilding (I've had a little experience of this) and community living so could be quite flexible with that! We're hard working types and would be of great use t anyone needing help! We'd be happy to hear from you. I'm reachable at osla@hotmail.co.uk. Love and best wishes for a great 2018, Osla and Alex

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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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Calling for Others Interested in Community and Heritage

Hello, This is a call for others interested in setting up a modestly sized sustainable community, preferably in one of the milder climate regions of the UK!:) My own dream also leans towards the heritage side, as in buying and reviving a lovely old pile. Feel free to get in touch. 01874 938619. Thanks much, Deborah

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People willing to Buy a large house together.

With tongue in cheek, I'll post a message with the same title as Tom, but for a complementary approach. I.e. people who are interested in living off the land or living on a shoe string budget are very welcome. And other minimalists, ecofreaks and sufficientists. The swimming pool will double as the pond, the garden will be the gym. But still, the prime aim is also to live together happily ever after (with clear agreements about a leaving procedure).

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People willing to Buy a large house together.

Hi, we are looking for like minded people who are fed up with having to run their own homes single handedly. 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 should enable us to have many more valuable possessions ie: swimming pool, gym, large garden with gardener, cook, possible river or coastal views,sports car, motorhome, caravan, timeshare holidays, the list is endless.. I am not interested in living off the land or living on a shoe string budget, just a really good living. Equally importantly we will be amongst new companions. 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 Investors would also be very welcome. And people willing to join at a later date. For anyone reading this for the first time, please do not feel left behind, the opportunity to have a collection of smaller groups in different areas is also another possibility, which I find particularly exciting. Look forward to hearing from you, Tom. Update, as of 21/10/2017 I aim to form a company which will have the sole aim of buying property( small to start off with) which will be rented out and all profits going to fund the next purchase. This maybe a golden opportunity for first time buyers to fund with a mortgage. If you are simply curious or indeed have driving ambition but no capital please feel free to contact us. Regards, Tom.

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