KindaVillage Activities

The idea is that KindaVillage will build to self-sustainability (and ultimately profit to re-invest) by establishing its social business ventures early on in the process, and that is going to require hard work! But it’s important too that the live-in community experience the calmness of being in such an environment by looking after their health and wellbeing and supporting each other.

The activities and social businesses in KindaVillage will be determined by the community pioneers and social entrepreneurs who engage with us on this project. However, we wanted to give an idea of what types of things we consider KindaVillage could contain. Clearly, each KindaVillage may not have all these things, or may contain entirely different ventures based around the same ideals – we foresee that activities and businesses will build up gradually as each new community member or social entrepreneur joins in. However, this will hopefully give anyone who is interested in joining us a feel for the possibilities.

Here are some ideas of what KindaVillage might contain, dependent on the skills and passions of those who become a part of it:-

Housing & Live-in Community

  • All eco build, preferably using on-site resources or recycled materials
  • A block of independent living units as homes for live-in community members and social care workers
  • A large communal building for use by live-in community members and visitors to KindaVillage, which will contain communal cooking, eating and meeting facilities
  • Social care provision and supported housing for the disabled or elderly
  • A community garden for outdoor wellbeing and exercise, outdoor cooking and social events and to provide camping space for visitors or travelling volunteers
  • Individual eco lodges for community families who prefer to live in separated space but still be part of the overall community

Social Business Activities

  • HQ for the Missing Kind charity, including a support hub for the businesses at KindaVillage or belonging to the tMK network
  • Social Entrepreneur training and support hub
  • Organic food café
  • Organic bakery
  • Organic farm food and ethical products – shop and local sales distribution
  • Environmental/Permaculture/Eco-building education/visitor centre
  • Hospitality and Events facilities and a hub for charitable or local community projects
  • Alternative schooling
  • Creative pursuits and therapies: art, music, writing, etc.
  • Holistic therapies, classes and workshops
  • Crafting with nature workshops
  • Weekend retreats and camping
  • Charitable activities and business eg. Retreats and rehabilitation for homeless; drug/alcohol services; social and physical wellbeing care services
  • Volunteer and training opportunities

Land-based Activities

  • Organic fruit and vegetable growth
  • Organic low-energy hydroponics micro-greens
  • Organic and ethical animal farming
  • Animal based therapy
  • Outdoor activities for children, including visiting animals and learning experiences in nature
  • Bush-crafting and woodland wellbeing and rehabilitation experiences
  • Use of woodland for fuel, building and crafting, with re-planting/coppicing undertaken to replenish supply
  • Annual KindaVillage festival
  • Animal shelter
  • Green burial site and affordable funerals

Off-Grid Utilities

  • Wind turbine for powering KindaVillage and selling surplus to grid
  • Solar panel installation for powering KindaVillage and selling surplus to grid
  • On-site reed bed filtration system for water supply from stream and/or a well for supply of water
  • Reed bed filtration system for sewerage and/or composting toilets

 

Organic fruit and vegetable growth

Organic low-energy hydroponics micro-greens

Organic and ethical animal farming