Wales Cooperative Centre – wellbeing project
Evidencing the benefits to wellbeing of living in community-led housing.
Why we funded this project
This research was funded to provide evidence of the health, wellbeing and wider benefits derived from living in community-led housing. This evidence is now being used to promote this housing model, which should lead to an increase in demand and provision.
This research supported the Backing Community-Led Housing programme as a way of increasing delivery of homes for people in need. It highlighted the additional advantages of community-led housing over and above addressing housing need.
Wales Co-operative Centre’s research, Assessing the Potential Benefits of Living in Co-operative or Community-Led Housing, was launched in November 2019 and provided evidence to underpin arguments in favour of greater use of the co-operative and community-led (CCLH) model, both in Wales and across the United Kingdom.
The report revealed a considerable positive impact, including residents experiencing:
- less isolation and loneliness
- a feeling of improved mental wellbeing and happiness
- increased skills and confidence
- increased employability
- a feeling of having more control.
Alongside this project, the Nationwide Foundation also approved £675,242 in funding for the Wales Co-operative Centre’s Communities Creating Homes project, which was jointly funded by the Welsh Parliament.Back to funding 2016–present