Community at the heart

Our vision is not just about providing housing, but about building community. This is reflected in SixMix, our unique community model, which will provide activities, services and support around six core strands of daily living: housing, food, learning, finance, work and wellbeing.

A unique alternative urban rental model.



Meet SixMix

SixMix comprises activity around six essential strands, or checkpoints, carefully devised by Otherwise Living.

Food

Nurturing community through urban agriculture.

Learning

Supporting lifelong learning.

HomeSpace

Small footprint and sustainable living space.

SmallFunds™

A not-for-profit, mutual aid small loans scheme.

Wellbeing

Promoting healthy living.

WorkSpace

Flexible workspaces at fair rents.


SixMix in action

SixMix makes urban living more engaging and less isolating. The sense of community iinvites the local neighbourhood too.


Food

Explore and discover new attitudes to nourishment from seed to plate. On site produce may include: fruit, nuts, herbs and vegetables, as well as raising chickens for egg production and beekeeping for pollination and honey. Hands-on practice is achieved by training, apprenticeships and experience. The potential also exists for supplying produce locally, such as vegetables, salads and soft fruit.

Benefits:
• Team work
• Creates realisation of what can be grown
• Satisfaction of consuming own produce
• Further potential

Learning

Make a conscious effort at life long learning, a style of education via formal and informal learning. This is enabled through various resident projects, together with community space and cafe for community residents and non-residents. Additionally, The learning club accommodates families who choose to learn together away from school.

Benefits:
• Interaction with others
• Rounded learning for all
• For children, school supplement, or option
• New friends

HomeSpace

A variety of self-contained spaces on offer at Fair Rent levels. All other strands of SixMix revolve around this combination of privacy whilst fostering a sense of community. These may be ready-built or self-build spaces in Compact, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom options. Whilst the ethos promotes an ecological as well as economical lifestyle, furnishing is at the discretion of tenants to suit their tastes.

Benefits:
• Sensible non-excessive spaces
• Fosters community integration
• Contribute to new economies
• Affordable rents


SmallFunds™

A mutual aid fund scheme providing short term personal loans. It is non-profit and doesn’t charge interest on loans. However, small management fees cover the lending licence, compliance with data protection law and admin costs. The aim is to be part of a transition to a more localised economy. See policies for eligibility.

Benefits:
• Short term personal loans at hand
• Small amounts reflect SixMix values
• No interest loans

Wellbeing

SixMix promotes a healthy and positive attitudes for tenants. As a major source of wellbeing, everyone has the right to fresh, healthy economical food. The community space kitchen and cafe facilitates a number of activities around food. Events at the space also promote wellbeing, including social gatherings and entertainment, open to both tenants and locals.

Benefits:
• Checkpoint for staying well
• Healthy nourishment
• Community gatherings

WorkSpace

The offer is flexible work spaces at fair rents. The Community space can also be adapted allowing tenants, their businesses and locals to work together. Work that is cooperative and built on democratic principles is most suited. Work and financial independence are encouraged through workshops, apprenticeships and training in a variety of skills.

Benefits:
• Work without having to travel
• Co-working aroundh others
• Avoid the perils of seclusion
• Involve locals



Impact


Six Mix is the result of our tried and tested pilot projects and our combined experience over many years. Our vision is to to create new attitudes and preferences for small footprint living that makes a difference to people and makes an impact on our environment.

Further information

• Social ethics – inherent qualities of the SixMix model
• FAQ 

Consultancy

As a non-profit organisation, part of our mission is to spread the word help others adopt SixMix as a replicable model. We provide consultancy to other property developers of small footprint urban builds, nationally and beyond, with our globally viable option.