Kindling is the first new housing co-operative to set up in Oxford in over 15 years. We recently purchased a house in East Oxford. The co-operative grew from a network of 20 individuals currently living, working and privately renting in Oxford who wish to take control of their housing situation and create a secure, affordable, low-impact, collectively owned and managed home together.
Today, Kindling and its new home is made up of six full members, including social entrepreneurs, campaigners and designers involved in a range of environmental and social justice causes. We wish to live in a non-hierarchical and ecologically sustainable way.
Kindling Housing Co-operative has been established not only to house its current members, but to also build a new network of housing co-ops in Oxford that will provide a safe, stable and supportive environment for generations of politically and socially active individuals.
making housing afforable for all
ensuring security for tenants
enabling sustainable living
an equal say for every member
What a busy spring we have had! Most recently we have participated in and helped organise a Street Party on our street. It was a wonderful day. The street was closed and there were children running up and down the street on scooters and playing football. Lots of people were suprised by how many people[…]
At Kindling we are enjoying our lovely house and getting used to living together and working together. We are opening a loan stock offer to refinance a short term loan that we took to secure the house. So, if you would like to invest in this wonderful project, then please check out our investment guide[…]
It is with pleasure and excitement that I can announce that after several years of meeting and 9 months of looking for a house, a mortgage and investors, learning a lot about solicitors and all sorts of words and technical language, we did it!! Kindling was able to Complete (complete the purchase) on our first[…]
Things have been progressing fast the last few weeks. After our offer on the house in Cowley was accepted, we have been steadily working through the bureaucratic procedure of arranging our mortgage with Triodos, collecting the final loan stock pledges and selecting a solicitor and surveyor who have been doing their part of the job.[…]
It has been an exciting few months looking at houses and getting more investment pledges. We are enjoying the sunshine, working on group dynamics and working hard to set up the first Kindling housing coop in Oxford. We have set up a crowdfunder for those of you wanting to support the movement, but maybe don’t[…]
We are currently waiting to hear whether our first offer has been accepted on a house that we really love and gently getting pledges for investments. We have just sat down and ordered some business cards after our weekly meeting dinner and we are enjoying some tea. To find out more about investing go here.
What a glorious surprise to be invited to an event and then discover that the organisers have decided to give all the donations to Kindling Coop. The event was at the Folly on Abingdon road and was put on by the Mike Woodin Green Trust. Some of our members decided to go along – what[…]
We had a wonderful launch night this evening at the Turl Street Kitchen, with a presentation about housing coops and some really exciting discussions about our housing needs in Oxford. The concluding activity crowdsourced pledges and energy from the room which folk shared on actual pieces of kindling to start a fire in the belly[…]
Kindling Housing Co-operative have launched their investor pack and are inviting people to pledge to invest! We need to raise approximately £420,000 from Loan Stock in order to buy a house in Oxford that is affordable for its tenants. Full details of the offer and how to make an early pledge can be found in[…]