Wales Cooperative Centre – Communities Creating Homes
Building the capacity, scale and sustainability of the co-operative and community-led housing sector in Wales.
Why we are funding this project
This major project will lead to greater demand for and delivery of the co-operative and community-led housing model, which has the potential to become a mainstream housing option in Wales.
This research supports the Backing Community-Led Housing programme as a way of increasing delivery of homes for people in need. It ensures better access to the information, support, advice and technical expertise that is needed to progress community-led housing schemes.
The project will deliver a comprehensive package of support that helps Welsh co-operative and community-led housing groups through all stages of a housing scheme.
With funding from the Nationwide Foundation and the Welsh Government, the Wales Co-operative Centre’s Communities Creating Homes programme is working with communities and organisations across Wales to support the growth of the co-operative and community-led housing sector, to deliver more affordable housing for people in need.
Wales Co-operative Centre is offering organisations comprehensive support, which is free of charge and tailored to the needs of each scheme. The project is expected to lead to a thriving co-operative and community-led housing sector is Wales; a sector which is already known for its professionalism and collaborative approach.
The project offers four stages of support, with the aim to:
- Increase awareness of co-operative and community led housing models, to improve knowledge about the available support and how to access it;
- Facilitate networking between groups at similar stages of development;
- Deliver a bespoke support programme throughout the lifecycle of the project;
- Educate and influence key stakeholders to remove the known barriers to stimulate more co-operative and community-led housing development.