Resources: Publications and films



2018 Feb  We need to talk about Ageing by John Harris. Guardian Feb 4th 2017

2017 Oct How the older women who built their own co-housing community found the first year together. by Heather Saul, iNews 19th Oct 2017

2017 May 31st. Sisters are doing it for themselves by Isabelle Fraser. Daily Telegraph

2016 August 22nd Future of London
Spotlight on older women's housing

2016 Nick Jones. Ground-breaking housing for women
Barnet Society 
August 22nd

2016 Sixty, female and all living under one roof
August 20th Daily Telegraph

2016 Glyn Thomas. London calling for an end to housing crisis
April 5th Co-operative News

2016 "10 ways to beat loneliness" no.9) "Live together – but not too together"
Observer interview with Shirley. Feb 28th

2015 Esther Addley. Cohousing: "It makes sense for people with things in common to live together"
Guardian 16.02.2015


The Housing Learning & Improvement Network has a section on senior cohousing

OWCH - a case study [pdf]

2017, Housing LIN, Maria Brenton, ‘Community-building for old age’

2017 Nov. Kindliness - developing peer support within sheltered housing in Dorset - a Housing LIN case study

2015, P. Devlin, ‘Collaborative design of Older Women’s Cohousing’ in ‘Working with older people’, Emerald Publishing, Vol 19, No.4.

2013, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Maria Brenton, ‘Senior cohousing communities- an alternative approach for the UK?’

Anne P Glass. Aging better together

Community 2.0: Is Cohousing the future of urban design? Towergate Insurance


Sarah Bunker et al (eds) Cohousing in Britain,  Diggers & Dreamers, 2011

Charles Durrett: The Senior Cohousing Handbook - 2nd edition. A community approach to independent living, New Society publishers, 2009.

M.Field, ‘Thinking about Cohousing: the creation of intentional neighbourhoods’ Diggers & Dreamers, 2004.

Chris Hanson, ‘The Cohousing Handbook’, Vancouver, 1996

D. Urban Vestro (ed) ‘ Living together - Cohousing ideas and realities around the world’.Stockholm, 2010

Wohnbund e.V. Jovis, Berlin. (eds)  Europe: Co-operative Housing. 2015. Chapters on cohousing in various European countries.


A different Way of Living - 6 mins

The Way to Do It  - 13 mins

BBC London News Dec 2016: ‘OWCH women are finally coming home’

BBC London: ‘What do you think of this housing solution for older people?”