Co-ops networking event

On Tuesday 14th November a networking event for co-ops around the Stirchley area was held at Artefact café, Pershore Rd. Over a dozen co-ops of one type or another were represented – including local housing co-ops and work co-ops, a film-showing co-op, the Church of England land rental organisation and the Central England Co-op. The prospective Labour candidate for Stirchley was also in attendance.

The gentrification of Stirchley was felt to be an issue, as was the failure of one council-granted land developer to develop affordable homes.

People at the meeting agreed that more networking events would be a good idea. There was an intention to produce a list of attendees and their organisations, and what they could contribute to a network of co-operatives – i.e. to each other.

A representative of the Federici housing co-op suggested that I get in touch with a Community-Led Housing group that has started to meet at Birmingham Impact Hub.

Published by CoHoWM

Cohousing West Midlands is (surprise) a cohousing project for the West Midlands! Cohousing is where everyone has their own front door, but there's also a community house for weekly shared meals and activities, and other shared spaces. More than a Housing Association, and less than a co-op!

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