Values and Goals

Our values, goals and operations are laid out in detail in our primary and secondary rules, excerpts of which follow:

“Aims and Purpose

  • To provide secure, affordable housing to its members. At time of entry members must be disabled, LGBT, on low wages or unwaged.
  • To meet all housing-related accessibility needs of its members.
  • To pro-actively challenge the exploitative housing conditions that many non-homeowners currently experience. In particular (but not limited to) the parasitic relationship between profit-driven landlords and tenants. As such we will promote housing co-ops as a viable alternative to homeownership or conventional renting arrangements.
  • To promote the values of social change, emancipatory decision-making and opposition to all oppression.
  • To provide an accessible, low-cost meeting space for local groups that share our ideals.
  • To grow food for our own consumption and to run a bulk buying food co-operative which is open to membership outside our household.
  • To try to provide a safe space where people are not discriminated against based on their social class, social status, disability, race, gender, sexuality, age, immigration status or caring responsibilities etc.
  • To be a long term realistic alternative to privately owning a home.”

“All decisions within The Burrow will be made using non-hierarchical methods.”

“What We Expect From Members

  • To pull together to support other members in times of hardship.
  • To take action to increase the food security of the local community e.g. by running a bulk buying food co-op to provide the community with low cost food.
  • To organise an optional cooking rota so that meals can be eaten communally.
  • To meet regularly to make decisions on how the co-op is run.
  • To fulfil work commitments to Radical Routes.
  • To make an effort to keep the house clean and tidy.”

“Accessibility/Anti-discrimination

  • The Burrow shall try not to discriminate on grounds of social class, social status, disability, race, gender, sexuality, age, immigration status or caring responsibilities ect.
  • If physical adaptations to accommodation are required by a member for accessibility reasons, the co-operative shall make and pay for those adaptations. In addition to this and regardless of its membership, The Burrow will make its communal areas accessible for disabled people to at least “visitable” standard. Visitable standard is defined here http://www.accessiblesociety.org/topics/housing/visitability.html

“The share capital of the Co-operative shall consist of shares of the nominal value of £1 each issued to members of the Co-operative upon admission to membership.”

“Shares shall be neither withdrawable nor transferable, shall carry no right to interest, dividend or bonus, and shall be forfeited and cancelled upon cessation of membership from whatever cause and the amount paid up thereon shall become the property of the Co-operative.”

“All tenants of the Co-operative must be members and all members must be tenants or prospective tenants of the Co-operative.”

“No portion of the income or the property of the Co-operative shall be transferred either directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise by way of profit to members of the Co-operative.”

Contact us at theburrowcoop@gmail.com to learn more.

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