Redwing Cohousing
We did it
On 25th January 2020 we successfully raised £6,084 with 28 supporters in 55 days

We want to establish a housing co-operative for creative people in housing need in Penzance, Cornwall.

by Roselyne Williams in Penzance, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Extra funding will mean we can pay for one-to-one planning a advice from Cornwall Council, organise visits to view potential properties, pay for a surveyor and architect and submit a planning application to Cornwall Council.


I have been volunteer director at Redwing Gallery's Arts and Community Hub in Penzance since 2011 and regularly see so many creative people in housing need.

I set up this Crowdfunder to start Redwing Housing Cooperative off in its mission to address the particular housing needs of creative people in Cornwall.

The aim of the cooperative is to provide affordable rented live-work-relax studio accommodation for artists, writers and musicians where tenants work together to create something onthe future of their own housing.

Fully mutual co-operative-owned housing is a vital tool for creating a fairer society, where housing is a social good rather than a profit-making venture.

In Cornwall...

Affordable housing is below the average for the country.

• One fifth (23%) of people are income deprived;

• One in ten people live in overcrowded houses (compared to 5.0% in the SW)

• Almost one third (29%) of housing lacks central heating; 

• Over one third (37%) of households have no access to a car or van

• One sixth (17%) of people have a limiting long-term illness (compared to 11% in the SW)

What will we do?

This all-important seed corn funding will move the project through...

  • initial registration and incorporation of the Housing Cooperative 
  • group training in consensus decision making, 
  • group training in meeting facilitation 
  • group training in conflict resolution.
  • visits to potential properties, 
  • writing a business plan, 
  • drawing up a lease, 
  • issuing of loanstock  
  • issuing share certificates for members 
  • arranging a deposit 
  • and a cooperative mortgage
  • moving in to a first property. 


Redwing Housing Cooperative;

  • will be a Fully Mutual Housing Cooperative.
  • Fully mutual housing co-ops are those where all members are tenants, and vice versa, where all investments made by members are non-transferable and non-withdrawable, meaning that all assets are in common ownership and individuals are not simply using the co-op as a form of personal investment.  Redwing Housing Cooperative property will remain in common ownership from generation to generation.
  • The cooperative will create affordable private accommodation with shared communal space for creative people. Utility costs will be shared and affordable. Sharing fosters a sense of community and co-operation that supports personal autonomy while saving money and carbon footprints. 
  • Plant-based meals, work and leisure activities will be shared, encouraging tenants to feel less isolated, part of a healthy community and lowering carbon emissions.
  • Shared equipment and transport will reduce costs and tenants' ecological footprints.

Support us to set up cooperative housing for creative people in West Cornwall and choose from these great rewards:

£2 or more

A warm glow.

Thank you! Enjoy the warm glow from knowing you are helping set up a new housing cooperative.

£4 or more

A pot of tea and a slice of cake


Enjoy a pot of tea served with a vintage cup and saucer and a home made cake at Redwing Gallery in Penzance.

£15 or more

Community Meal

Enjoy a plant-based meal and conversation in good company at Redwing Cafe in Penzance. 

£15 or more

Music session

A two-hour Latin-American music session with percussionist Peter Fox of the bands Quijada and Rumba Diablo and founder of Penzance’s original samba band Apito Samba ( Penzamba). Come and play congas, including vintage Gonbops, bongos, Colombian tambora, marimba, clave fundamentals. Something for all levels of experience.


£25 or more

Artists Studio

A one week artist's residency in a studio at Redwing Gallery in Penzance, Cornwall.

£50 or more

Painted Portrait 

A personal portrait sitting with Cornish artist Jane Sand during which Jane will create a unique family heirloom painting on canvas for you to keep.

Portrait of Sandra, by Jane Sand

£60 or more

VIP Film Screening

A private VIP film screening for you and up to 30 guests in Penzance with complimentary refreshments.

£120 or more

Art exhibition

A two week exhibition slot in the Redwing Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall.


£400 or more

The Art Collector

Choose one from  a selection of original signed paintings by artist Peter Fox. 

Shamans Drum series. Peter Fox

Redwings (Two Birds) series. Peter Fox

Fenrir series. Peter Fox

£1000 or more

Three Month Artists' Residency in the upper gallery at Redwing in Penzance, Cornwall.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

Fancy a cuppa?

A complimentary mug of tea in the vegan cafe at Redwing in Penzance, Cornwall.

£2 or more

A warm glow.

Thank you! Enjoy the warm glow from knowing you are helping set up a new housing cooperative.

£4 or more

4 of 50 claimed

A pot of tea and a slice of cake

Enjoy a pot of tea served with a vintage cup and saucer and a home made cake at Redwing Gallery in Penzance.

£15 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Electric Bike Hire

Borrow our electric bike for a day and explore West Cornwall. Great if you want to test ride before you buy your own. Bring your own helmet!

£15 or more

4 of 12 claimed

Community Meal

Enjoy a meal and conversation in good company at Redwing Cafe in Penzance. Vegan friendly.

£15 or more

1 of 6 claimed

Music session

A two hour Latin-American music session with percussionist Peter Fox of the bands Quijada and Rumba Diablo and founder of Penzance’s original samba band Apito Samba (now Penzamba). Play congas, including vintage Gonbops), bongos, marimba, fundamentals of clave and Colombian tambora. Adaptable for all levels of experience, including complete beginner.

£20 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Artists Studio

A one week artists residency in an artist's studio in Penzance, Cornwall.

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Portrait Sitting

A personal portrait sitting with artist Jane Sand during which Jane will create a unique portrait on canvas for you to keep.

£60 or more

0 of 2 claimed

VIP Film Screening

A private film screening for up to 30 guests in Penzance with complimentary refreshments.

£400 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Peter Fox painting

Own an original painting by artist Peter Fox.

£750 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Artist's Residency

The large upper gallery space at Redwing in Penzance will become your artist's studio for 3 months.

£120 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Art exhibition

A two week exhibition slot in the Redwing Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall.

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