September 2021

Well, September was a busy month. Let’s see…

The Confederation of Co-operative Housing (CCH) set up a meeting with the Regulator of Social Housing, for him to hear our views on the government’s review of how well the social housing sector is meeting the needs of their customers. One of us attended this.

The UK Cohousing Network holds a monthly Cohousing Cafe for developing groups. This month, a representative from the Church of England spoke about the Church’s desire to use its stock of land to work with community-led housing groups to provide greatly needed affordable and community-oriented housing. A very inspiring chat.

One of us attended the offsite expo in Coventry, looking at Modern Methods of Construction, where home components – from walls to completely fitted bathrooms or kitchens – are manufactured in dry clean factories, and these components are slotted into place on site, like lego. Lots of interesting ideas.

We had a chat with the CEO of a group that empowers women from a black or minority ethnic background, looking for ways to reach out to the BAME community. Watch this space! ;o)

One of us attended a meeting about reaching out to and including people from an immigrant and refugee background in the Collaborative housing sector. Some good research going on here. And it was interesting to be bumping into folks again – including someone met during the recent XR demonstrations in London.

We reached out to some estate agents with our Site Finding Brief; contacted more professional organisations with requests for Priced Scopes of Services; and began reaching out to organisations whose members might be interested in CoHoWM.

We’ve updated our About Us page to reflect the current group; restored a link to our Facebook page; and corrected some old links.

We had our usual business meetings. And as a social, some members and former members attended an outdoor movie event that focussed on homelessness.

Congratulations to Shabrana Hussain, who has become the new Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods, and sits on the WMCA Housing & Land Delivery Board. Shabrana replaces Sharon Thompson.

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Cohousing West Midlands is (surprise) a cohousing project for the West Midlands! Cohousing is where everyone has their own front door, but there's also a community house for weekly shared meals and activities, and other shared spaces. More than a Housing Association, and less than a co-op!

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