Wales Cooperative Centre – wellbeing project

Funding at a glance

Programme: Backing Community-Led Housing
Amount: £33,503 grant
Approved: 2018
Timescale:  Five months


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.

Strategic purpose

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.

Project description

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.

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