Our values and our aims


For our diverse community we welcome potential members who share our values and our aims.

Our values

Our goal is to create a cohousing community that embodies the following values:

  • Good neighbourliness – in supporting each other within the cohousing community and in making a positive contribution to the social, economic and cultural life of our locality, Old Heath, Colchester and the surrounding area.
  • Active ageing – as a way of encouraging participation, health, independence and environmental awareness.
  • Eco awareness – embodied in low energy design, sharing of resources and more integrated living arrangements.

We support the principles of equality, inclusion, diversity and democracy. We want a diverse and lively community that respects differences and resolves difficulties in a democratic and sympathetic way.

We do not have any particular religious, spiritual or political ideology as a  group, but do try to be aware of the impact our activities have on the environment and our neighbours. Our approach is generally pragmatic and concerned with making our cohousing project work. We want all members to participate in the project on an equitable basis. No member should feel excluded from participating in decisions that impinge on their household or involve the organisation of the shared facilities.

Our aims

We are developing a community of 23 homes, designed and built to ‘Passivhaus‘ standards to achieve exceptionally low running costs, and sustainable comfort and health. The design team is being led by one of our members, Anne Thorne, an award winning eco-architect. Part of the development will be shared space for a range of social and domestic activities, and a base for community events. At our Cannock Mill site, the old listed Mill building is ideal as our social hub.

We aim to share resources (cars, guest rooms, bikes, boats, etc) and to grow as much of our own produce as possible.

We want our community to develop by consensus, and for people to feel mutually cared for as they get older, both by community members and through the shared provision of care, if and when this is required.

We intend to become part of the existing local community, to contribute to local life and do things that enable local people to take part in our activities.