We are…

 

Liz K has been a feminist activist since 1973, founder member of a refuge, rape crisis and women’s centre group. She is now a Professor at London Metropolitan University, working on violence against women and children. She joined LOLC because she wants to be part of creating different ways living and aging with other lesbians.

 

 

 

Jude: I’m in single lesbian living in south London – in a flat I own. I have no children and want to plan how and where I want to live as I age. I want to develop a community with my own living space alongside communal facilities where we can meet, eat and have social time. I would like it to be an alternative to a retirement home, moving into providing care as needed as I age – a true alternative to residential care for feminist lesbians!

 

 

 

Liz E:  I am working to create safe supportive and inspirational housing for myself and other older lesbians that is founded on feminist principles and practice.

 
 

 

 

Amanda: I am in private rented accommodation at the moment.  I can just about afford my rent now, but I won’t be able to when I retire, so the future looks uncertain. The LOLCohousing project offers a way of getting some control over my living situation.  I want to live in a safe and secure environment, in community with people with whom I have a shared history, and I want a home I can call my own.

 

 

 

 

Barbara: A Londoner all my adult life,  I have in the past lived in different types of communal spaces, and have always been interested in the possibilities of more cooperative ways of living. And I look forward to being a part of our cohousing adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

Anna: I’ve been imagining a lesbian community since I was sixteen. The details of my hopes have changed only a little over the past fifty years, through phases of activism, academia, parenting and gardening: company, support, challenge, and friendship.

 

 

 

Elaine: Through my involvement in  lesbian feminist co-housing, I want to continue – during the third stage of my life – to explore actively what it means to live my feminist politics. I should like us to create an environment that is stimulating, which gives us pleasure in its design, is a space for creativity, and which is a project that allows each of us the opportunity to continue our personal and political growth.
 

 

 

Frances: I am 65 and currently live on the edge of London with my partner.  In the past I have lived in a variety of shared housing situations, usually with several other women.

 

 

 

Debs: A rights activist all my life, I see no reason to stop as I age. Retirement ≠ retreat. Cohousing looks like the best adventure to embark on, together with this group of extraordinary women. We will meet the challenges of ageing with creativity and cooperation.

 
 

 

 

Kim: I grew up in Cornwall, and then spent my 20’s involved in various women centred political and housing projects. Since then I’ve lived and worked in London, and for the last 20 years in Hackney with my partner.

Now as I approach a time when I can move away from full time work it feels like things have a chance to move full circle and I want to again be part of, and put my energies into, a women’s community.

 

 

 

 

 

I was raised in Cornwall, moved to Wales, then on to Hackney where I have lived ever since. My first job in Housing was as a resettlement worker with homeless women. Since then I have had a range of roles, including advising private tenants, managing housing finance and a support team working with homeless people.