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SEASALT Housing Co-operative Working Group 

SEASALT (South EAst Students Autonomously Living Together) working group has been set up to launch the first student-led housing co-op in Sussex. Our vision is a student-led initiative for affordable housing, democratic living and long-term sustainability. 

A co-operative is an autonomous association of people set up to meet the members common economic, social and cultural needs through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise. It is based on 7 key principles:


A housing co-op is a property owned, run and managed by its residents! Yes students. Sounds like a dream? It is happening across the UK with the first student housing co-op in Birmingham established in 2014, Sheffield and the largest in Edinburgh with 106 beds. There is now a National Body, Student Co-op Homes set up in partnership with Co-ops UK to grow the sector. 

The working group meets on a weekly basis and welcomes new members as needed. We formed in April 2018, chose the name and registered officially as a housing co-operative. We have our own bank account and consitution. Since April we have been busy business & financial planning and scoping out potential properties working closely with Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust (community led housing programme). We have put planning permission in on a former care home to change its use to a housing co-operative. We are now in the process of writing policies, creating member packs and ensuring procedures are in place which all need to happen before we can purchase the property. This is an exciting time to join as it will help shape how the co-op is ran from pet policies to communal spaces.  

This is a unique opportunity to be part of the founding members group creating the FIRST student led housing co-operative in Sussex!

SEASALT Housing aims are listed below: 

  • Provide High Quality Student Housing

  • Provide Affordable rent

  • Create a vibrant community of knowledge and skill sharing

  • Maximise democratic control of the co-op

  • Educate our members, the wider student body, and community about co-operatives

  • Work closely with co-operatives across Brighton & Hove 

Watch the video about Birmingham Student Housing Co-op the first established in the UK, 2014 and just launched #StudentCoopHomes, new National Body supporting student led housing co-ops.

The purpose of the role

Main tasks & responsibilities

This role would suit you if you...

Commitment

Support & Training

Skills Gained

How to apply

 

 

  • The purpose of the role

  • To work together as part of the working group to launch the first student-led housing co-op in Sussex

  • To create an affordable housing alternative for students

Main tasks & responsibilities

  • Volunteers in smaller working groups will work together to:
  • Creating a member pack for prospective tenants 
  • Listening to members ideas to come up with policies and procedures to effectively run the housing co-op from pet policies to best suit the co-operative. 
  • Campaigning & awareness raising activities: growing a movement around student led housing co-operatives 
  • Financial management including budgeting and book-keeping. 
  • Promotion and marketing: blog posts, social media, graphic design 

This role would suit you if you...

  • Have a positive, can-do attitude, persistence and commitment to making positive change
  • A firm believer in an alternative solution to housing
  • Are committed to your student community
  • Want to create a legacy for future generations of students to have affordable housing
  • Want to work in a non-hierarchical with all members having an equal stake in decision making
  • Want to be part of making positive change in the community
  • Want to learn new skills
  • Like to meet  new people and want to widen your networks, social and professional
  • If you enjoy networking and bringing people together.
  • Want to learn to motivate and activate people to change things for the better.
  • Enjoy being part of new projects and would like to be part of the solution to the housing crisis.
  • Are interested in learning about the co-operative movement and how change happens
  • Would like to become part of a network of active citizens pushing for change
  • Welcome the opportunity to take part in other relevant training

Commitment

Volunteers are expected to commit to:

  • A weekly meeting
  • Attend relevant training for the role as required
  • Undertake tasks in line with group objectives
  • Working in a non- hierarchical democratic way

Support & Training

  • Full support from the SEASALT Project Manager (funded through Brighton & Hove Community Led Housing programme) 

  • The opportunity to attend specialised skills and knowledge training sessions

  • Wider support from the Co-op network including Students for Co-operation, Coops UK, Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust, MAIS (Mutual Aid in Sussex) and local housing co-ops.
  • Great experience for your CV and the provision of a reference and a certificate of completed volunteer hours
  • Regular volunteer meet-ups 
  • A unique transformative opportunity to set up the first student housing co-operative in Sussex. 

Skills Gained

Skills Gained: Participating in this opportunity will enable you to develop and practice the following skills

           
           

Teamwork

X

Delegation

X

Financial Management

X

Verbal Communication

X

Negotiation

X

I.T.

 

Written Communication

X

People Management

X

Organisation/ Planning

X

Leadership

 

Time Management

X

Telephone Skills

 

Commercial Awareness

 

Marketing

 

Initiative

X

Problem Solving

X

Decision Making

X

Public Speaking

 

Active Listening

X

Confidentiality

X

Cultural Awareness

X

How to apply

Are you interested but would like to know more?

Email lisa.housingcoop@gmail.com 

You can complete the application form here.

 

 

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