The moths of Machynlleth

I turned 50 in April and my house mates in the housing coop I live in bought me a moth trap for my birthday. This was an incredibly special moment for me as fifteen years ago I wrote a book about moths called Curious Incidents in the Garden at Night-time. Yes, I was under the…

Cycling the Liberation Coast

On this special day I wanted to share a short film I made during the second day of my first cycle tour of Europe, which started along the Liberation Coast of Normandy. This seemed to me the right place to start an exploration of our relationship with Europe and I spent many subsequent days exploring…

UK Cohousing Network launch online ‘cafe’

The UK Cohousing Network have started up an online cafe and are going to be serving up some food for thought every Monday lunchtime during May. First one will be on Monday 11th at 12.30pm. Details on their website. I’ll be there excited to hear what Simon Bayly from Copper Lane Cohousing has to say.

What happens after Lockdown? My new RSA blog offers some ideas.

Everyone is saying the world will never be quite the same again after Lockdown but its still up to us to make the changes we want to see. I’ve written a blog for the RSA about the role community housing can play in the new reality. You can find it here.

Lockdown stories from a housing co-op

I live in a housing co-op in Machynlleth, mid-Wales and work as a community housing enabler for the Wales Co-operative Centre. Usually I travel around Wales meeting different community groups who want to create their own housing projects. Now that we’re in lockdown I’m learning how to deliver what I do through other mediums. So…

Ten days that took the world

Pleased to say that my blog  Ten days that took the world has now been published by the Institute of Welsh Affairs. I wanted to write about the rural experience of Covid-19, community and leadership. I live in the small town of Machynlleth mid-Wales and the community was very quick to act, creating an inspiring…

Powys Cohousing Talk in Machynlleth this evening, 26th June

Event: Mach Speak, Y Plas, Machynlleth, 26th June 6pm-7.30pm Allan Shepherd is the first person in Wales to be employed by a local authority to facilitate the development of cohousing projects. Supported by the Welsh government through the Integrated Care Fund, and working with Powys County Council and the Wales Co-operative Centre, he’ll be meeting…

Transition Town Powys Cohousing talk Tuesday 25th June

Excited to let you all know that I will be giving a talk on Cohousing at the monthly Llandrindod Wells Transition Town group meeting this coming Tuesday, the 25th June, as part of my job working for @WalesCoopCentre For more info, location and times click here.

Creating Cohousing projects in Powys

  Since March I’ve been working part-time for the Wales Cooperative Centre in a new role created by Powys County Council. I’m the first dedicated cohousing project officer in Wales. This is a tremendously exciting opportunity and a huge challenge. Community led housing projects face an uphill struggle to get homes built but the results…