We are a group of lesbians aged fifty plus who are trying to create a new way of living together as we grow older. We are building a caring, supportive and vibrant community, run on democratic and feminist principles, which will enable us to live our lives to the full, staying active and engaged, and continuing to share our talents and skills as we grow older.
We plan to set up a mixed tenure cohousing project of around 25 dwellings in north-east London. We will each have our own flat and our own front door, but there will be shared outside and inside space where we can come together for meals, meetings and other activities. Some resources will be shared, and our homes will be designed and built for low environmental impact and futureproofed for our changing needs.
Every older lesbian in London has talked about this at some point, but we are actually doing it! We started the journey to our new home in April 2016, and we are making good headway. It may be a longish haul – we’re thinking five years from now – but we are determined to get there. Together, we have the skills, energy and the will to make it happen.