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OWCH is a group of women over fifty who have created our own community in a new, purpose-built block of flats in Union St., High Barnet, N. London. As an alternative to living alone, we have friendly, helpful neighbours.

'New Ground' Cohousing is finally complete.  OWCH members began moving into their new homes in December 2016 and our community is now fully resident. Our dream is being realised at long last and we are busy coming to terms with the realities of living as a group. We have organised household responsibilities among us and set up a programme of common meals and some shared activities.

Our OWCH complex has 17 leasehold flats and 8 for social rent. There are currently no vacancies, but this could change in the future and we are gradually building up a small circle of women to become non-resident members of OWCH, attending meetings and events by invitation. Non resident members will then be the first to be informed should a vacancy occur. (See also Membership and Allocation Policy).


We are carving out a path for others in our age group to follow. We hope they have an easier journey than us, now we have shown the way. The senior cohousing community could enrich the last years of many, and reduce pressures on health and care services, if local authorities, planners, policy makers and housing developers helped to remove the many obstacles society puts in its way.