Vivarium Trust

Julie Joss

KY15 7LY

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01337 831403

Vivarium came into being in 2003 as a result of a group of friends aged 50+ considering the problems which they were facing as they grew older, especially in relation to housing and to their ability to afford the sort of housing and community setting which would be appropriate in later years. They came across Co-Housing, were attracted by its key features, and have explored and developed their interest in Co-Housing since then. Vivarium has been holding open meetings since 2003, has around 25-30 members, and has an active steering group who work hard to push the project forward. Our original constitution, agreed in 2003, was revised in 2007 as we moved towards charity status and now emphasises the benefits which Vivarium offers to the public at large through its educational and support activities. We intend to create a pilot Co-Housing development to demonstrate that Co-Housing is achievable in Scotland. The pilot project will provide a working example of Co-Housing in practice and will contribute to an understanding of how affordable Co-Housing can be set up, designed, funded, built and managed. It will demonstrate the process of development and the ongoing operation of a Co-Housing community and will offer real life feedback. The Pilot project will comprise around 20-25 homes for individuals and for couples, together with the shared facilities. The development will probably be located in Fife and will be sited in or in close proximity to an existing town or village, with all normal facilities and services available. We are actively seeking possible sites for the pilot development in conjunction with a major local housing association.

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