Wales Cooperative Centre – wellbeing project
Evidencing the benefits to wellbeing of living in community-led housing.
Why we are funding this project
Evidencing the health, wellbeing and other wider benefits derived from living in community-led housing, so that it leads to greater demand for and delivery of this housing model.
This research supports the Backing Community-Led Housing programme as a way of increasing delivery of homes for people in need. It highlights the additional advantages of community-led housing over and above addressing housing need.
Wales Co-operative Centre’s research, Assessing the Potential Benefits of Living in Co-operative or Community-Led Housing, was launched in November 2019 and provided evidence to underpin arguments in favour of greater use of the co-operative and community-led (CCLH) model, both in Wales and across the United Kingdom.
The report revealed a considerable positive impact, including residents experiencing:
- less isolation and loneliness
- a feeling of improved mental wellbeing and happiness
- increased skills and confidence
- increased employability
- a feeling of having more control.
Alongside this project, the Nationwide Foundation also approved £675,242 in funding for the Wales Co-operative Centre’s Communities Creating Homes project. Jointly funded by the Welsh government as part of its support for the Wales Co-operative Centre, Communities Creating Homes will deliver a comprehensive package of support that helps Welsh co-operative and community-led housing groups through all stages of a housing scheme.Back to current funding