Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Golem Housing Co-op is expanding

Are you interested in living in community, taking control of your housing, and maybe helping others to do the same?

We're a small, tenant run housing provider based in Mount Pleasant. We currently house 6 adults, and are hoping to house more soon.

We're looking for new properties to buy, and for people who want to live in them. Whether you've already got a group of friends you'd like to live with, or are interested in finding others with similar aims, we'd like to hear from you.

Our intention is to buy one or more additional properties in the Mount Pleasant area, and refurbish them to let out, either as shared living or as self contained units. As members of the organisation you would have a say in what property you want, what work gets done, and how it is managed. Please note that we are based in central Swansea and aren't looking to provide rural housing or land at this stage.

We'd like to offer housing to a wide range of people. We are especially interested to hear from people with children, and those over 35. We also have a preference for offering housing to people involved in their community in some way. But any interest will be considered.

Please be aware that joining a housing co-operative requires a fair amount of commitment. We aren't able to offer housing immediately, and housing you is more likely to happen if you can help guide the process – e.g by helping to develop business plans, do accounts, doing DIY and gardening. Though we understand that people have different abilities. And we have a strong focus on skill-sharing within the coop, so being willing to learn is as important as relevant experience.

If this all sounds good to you, we'd love to hear from you. If you'd like to live in a co-op, but ours doesn't sound like the one for you, then still feel free to get in touch as we may be able to find a way to make it work, or put you in touch with like-minded people.

DSS welcome.


If you're interested, please fill in the following form and send it to


Any children or other dependants:

What sort of accommodation do you want:

Number of rooms:

Shared living (e.g with others) or self contained:

How long have you lived in Swansea, and how long do you intend to live here?

Do you have any relevant experience or skills (e.g accounts, construction/DIY, gardening, previous experience living in a coop):

Are you involved in any community, voluntary or charitable organisations?

Golem housing co-op has a policy of preferentially housing those on lower incomes. Do you earn above £24,000 p/a (each or on average for couples), including any benefits?

Golem housing co-op expects its members to be living or working towards a low environmental impact lifestyle. Is this something you are comfortable with? Do you have any concerns?

Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about? Hobbies, interests, experiences, future plans etc.

How can we contact you?