Monthly get together

You can meet us and talk about the project on Saturday June 4, 2022 at 2pm. Everyone welcome. Email us if you would like to come along:

Communities taking a lead – creating new homes in Orkney

May 14, 2022

Communities taking a lead

It was great to meet up with others involved with, and interested in, community-led housing – and to discuss how things might be taken forward in Orkney. You can read about it in the Orkney News – and watch a short video featuring two of the Imagine If team who were there to help people explore different housing options.  

Smart Clachan

April 13, 2022

Smart Clachan – an updated version of traditional Scottish hamlets – are community-led projects that look to create affordable housing and shared facilities in remote rural areas. The aim is to enable new households to remain, return and settle. Read more about them in a new blog by Derek Logie and a piece from Rural Housing Scotland

Ariane Burgess MSP visits Hope Cohousing

March 11, 2022

Ariane Burgess MSP (Highlands and Islands) and Convener of the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee visited to find out more about Hope Cohousing. Local Councillor, Steve Sankey, who has been a great supporter of the project since it began, and Kristopher Leask also joined us to talk about the contribution that community-led housing makes to life in rural settings and on islands.  

Another big step forward

March 10, 2022

Hope Cohousing has been awarded just under £50,000 by Crown Estate Scotland.  The funding, from their Community Capacity Grants Programme,  has been made so that we can complete the preconstruction phase, and apply for a grant to construct the houses and make ready the site [Click to see more about the work].  

Great piece on the project in the Press & Journal

February 18, 2022

Click to read the article

Hope Cohousing wins grant for Scotland’s first entirely rental cohousing scheme

January 18, 2022

Hope Cohousing has been awarded over £48,000 by The Scottish Government’s Rural Communities Ideas into Action fund (managed by Inspiring Scotland). This is a massive step forward to create Orkney’s first cohousing development and Scotland’s only entirely rental cohousing scheme.

Jenny Rambridge, chair of Hope Cohousing, welcomed the award for this innovative scheme:

“Alongside the support we’ve had from the local community and from OIC, it is a real boost to receive this grant. It will help us with preconstruction costs and move us closer to breaking ground on our site in St Margaret’s Hope. All of us in HCH are working hard to make our vision a reality – to build affordable, sustainable homes for older people as a lasting community benefit.”

This project is supported by the Rural Communities Ideas into Action fund, supported by the Scottish Government and delivered by Inspiring Scotland to encourage and support innovative approaches to community-led local development in rural communities across Scotland.

For news of recent progress on the site, planning permission and building tenders click here.


updated: May 14, 2022