Cohousing is a form of group living, which clusters small, individual homes around a ‘common house’ – which is the hub of the community with its own kitchen/dining/activity room, shared laundry and vehicles, guest rooms and craft rooms/workshops. The overall site and shared facilities are owned/managed by the residents.
Cohousing Hafan Las is a group wishing to create a close, supportive community, with a good mix of people at different stages of life, but at least 1/3 of people over 50. By building a community of mutual support we are demonstrating a positive approach to all stages of life, embracing new possibilities and having an active involvement in the creation and management of the project. We want to be a show case for groups to visit and learn from our experience, and encourage more examples of this model of living in Pembrokeshire
This pilot did not receive the interest that was expected and did not fully achieve what was intended. Its main benefits were only to raise awareness of Co-housing to residents of Pembrokeshire and to research the potential of a suitable location(s). Some reference material is available for other groups to use in similar projects.
For personal reasons the initial committee members left and for a long period it was only one person that was leading the pilot and this was not sufficient to get the pilot off the ground.
The project could have benefitted from working closer with the Community Land Trust pilot project.
”Cohousing is all about community and people. It is that simple; a set of streets or a cul-de-sac where residents know each other well and are signed up to be part of a community. Residents have private homes complete with all the regular stuff – kitchen, bathroom, living and sleeping space – yet they also have use of great shared facilities such as a common house, gardens, car pools and micro renewable energy schemes.”
Arwain Sir Benfro and the LEADER Programme concluded in December 2021 once all projects were completed and funding exhausted. There is now no dedicated support upon the completion of the LEADER Programme in Pembrokeshire. Should you have any queries, PLANED as the previous administrators, may be able to assist, or similarly for wider questions on the LEADER Programme in Wales, please contact the Wales European Funding Office (WEFO).