KindaVillage

Glanrhyd Y Pysgod, United Kingdom

  • Last updated: July 6, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: June 29, 2017

Mission Statement

The concept is simple…

Find a core team of intentional community members who have a PASSION for social or environmental purpose and the ability to maintain the facilities and activities of KindaVillage.
Work with these people to create the intentional community hub as a platform from which to develop the community and social business activities of KindaVillage.
Find individuals or groups of people with a good idea for a social or environmental business or project and the ability, PASSION and commitment to build it into something real.
Provide them with the right facilities, support and funding to turn their social and/or environmental dreams into a reality
Celebrate their achievements when they successfully make the world a better place!
Share their knowledge with others to create and support more KindaVillages for our network
Watch the movement grow!!

Community Description

10 years ago it was a vision. 7 years ago the seeds were sown at the Missing Sock UK Charity. 2 years ago experimentation commenced!

Today, the vision is clear…!

As part of our global aspiration, the time is NOW to set up the first KindaVillage; an intentional community ecovillage project for those with a passion to serve social development.

We have just bought 80 land (STC) in Ceredigion, Wales, for our community and hope to settle in the autumn 2017.

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Transition Town or Eco-Neighborhood (focused on energy/resource resiliency)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land in the permitting or zoning stage
  • Area: 80 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Tiny house, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Tiny house, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Additional Comments:

    Co-housing

    As well as having accommodation for a live-in Intentional Community – people who will live, look after, develop, run businesses and activities in KindaVillage – we are planning housing provision for individuals and families who may wish to live in affordable community housing as part of our KindaVillage community.

    Social Purpose Workers

    Our only stipulation is that all adults work in a social, environmental or animal care role that fits our ethos and that they intend to either stay within that or a similar role for the rest of their working life. Or that they have a working role within and for the benefit of KindaVillage or for The Missing Kind charity. For reference, should you be accepted for a place in our housing you will be expected to take part in usual domestic duties and relevant community activities outside of work as part of the community way of life. Any other community ‘rules’ will be established by community members as part of the set-up of the KindaVillage community.

    Should you decide at some future point not to work in a social, environmental or animal care profession, or not within KindaVillage or The Missing Kind, then the community may reserve the right to ask you to find alternative living arrangements. Any such request will be dealt with sensitively and with fair notice.

    Arrangements for Housing

    It is intended that housing will be available in a variety of ways. For example, those that give 100% of their time to KindaVillage or Missing Kind duties may be entitled to free or heavily subsidised accommodation as well as a sustainable income. Those that only live in KindaVillage but work elsewhere, will be asked to pay an affordable rate for accommodation. Should a community member be in a financial position to do so, there may be options to purchase or lease accommodation for long term security for the community member and to help with funding back into KindaVillage.

    Once established, and through recruitment of the right people in the community that can provide the required care, we also intend to provide supported housing and care services for people with physical impairments, the elderly, or people needing additional support for whatever reason.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 5
  • Percent Women: 71-80%
  • Percent Men: 21-30%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitor Process:

    Please see http://kindavillage.org/join-us/

  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Government

  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 25

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Waterfront access
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Education Style(s): Private Schooling at the Community, Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Ideally, each KindaVillage would consist of a core group of intentional community residents; people with shared values, who are socially and environmentally conscious and who live and work on site. However, we also see the KindaVillage community embracing those who perhaps do not want to live-in, yet share our values and are interested in starting a business within KindaVillage, OR those who already work in the social care or charitable sector and want to live as part of an intentional community.

It is important that a sense of supportive, interactive community and social purpose prevails in each KindaVillage. It is also very important that our social purpose activities extend into the community outside of KindaVillage; be that the local community or beyond. We want our community members to feel they can stay for life and that they will be supported in their old age; contributing in whatever way they can to KindaVillage activities for as long as they feel able.

We visualise that a typical KindaVillage will be based within nature and work with the land and its natural inhabitants to minimise impact and build self-sustainability. Setting up off grid or eco-friendly energy and water supplies and following permaculture and eco principles as much as possible. An example would be a farm/land type base, or perhaps re-development of a disused site or buildings, with an intent to create a planet-friendly home and workplace.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Diggers & Dreamers

Community Affiliations

Missing Kind Charity