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  • Co-housingMore than a friendly cul de sac

  • BenefitsFor RSLsFor the wider communityFor the individual residentsFor Society

  • Benefits to RSLsSustainable HousingHigh quality homes and environmentsInclusive communities

  • Sustainable housingMore opportunity for features which depend on more than one homeMore opportunity to actively engage residents with sustainability issuesMore opportunity for mutual support in achieving sustainability

  • Inter generational mass Sustainable transport

  • High quality homes and environmentsPersonal space is more often collective spaceCrime is not an issueResident input into design, development and maintenance of the environmentSufficient weight of numbers to have things which might not otherwise be possible

  • The Veg garden collective and individual effort

  • Inclusive communitiesA focal point for energy and activity internally and externally (culture, sport, active citizenship)Exposure of young people to wide range of adults (and vice versa); associated opportunities, support and informal supervisionAttract additional resourcesCreate economic activity

  • CP FM. Culture, skills, access to resources

  • Benefits to the wider communityEnergy spills overWider community can take part in locally organised activitiesWider community benefits from empowerment and access to resourcesAnd wider community/society share the benefits of the individual

  • Laughton has the only youth parish council in the county

  • Benefits to the individualChildren are seen to be more articulate and more confidentSkill sharingStuff sharingSupport in the day to day and in the big thingsEconomic opportunitiesSupport in accessing new opportunities a learning community

  • Sharing skills and stuff and mutual support

  • Benefits to societyThere are good reasons for putting relationships at the core of effective public provision. Relationships are at the heart of what makes for a good life. Much of what we most value - love, friendship, trust, recognition, care - comes from relationships with family, friends and social networks. People grow up well and age well if they have supportive relationships. (Guardian 1 July)

  • Radical public services innovation will only come from a markedly different starting point. The key will be to redesign services to enable more mutual self-help, so that people can create and sustain their own solutions. Enabling people to come together to find their own, local solutions should become one of the main goals of public services. Services do a better job when they leave behind stronger, supportive relationships for people to draw on and so not need a service. (Guardian 1 July 2009)

  • There are good reasons for putting relationships at the core of effective public provision.

  • The key to getting people to change their behaviour - perhaps to stop smoking, take up walking, or start recycling their waste - is whether they know and respect other people who do the same thing.(Guardian 1 July 2009)

  • Critical mass is important for changing behaviours

  • In Britain's largely service economy, earning a living turns on social skills, being able to understand and respond to a client's need. Innovation comes from our capacity to collaborate creatively. In an innovation-driven, service economy, basic social skills - how to listen, understand and work together - are as important as reading, writing and arithmetic

  • Listening and collaborating are key 21st century skills

  • ConclusionsBenefits of co-housing to all stakeholders can be summed up as the building of social capitalCreating sustaining networks of relationships benefits all age groups and stages of lifeSocial capital has benefits in terms of economics, care, education, culture, civic lifeThe networks created by co-housing spill over into the wider communityThe intentionality of co-housing is key its not a random or lucky effect!

  • People grow up well and age well if they have supportive relationships.

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