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Membership of the UK Cohousing Network

The UK Cohousing Network invites cohousing groups and cohousing supporters to apply for membership of the UK Cohousing Network. Cohousing is gaining ground in the UK with two new communities in 2013 and several groups in the advanced stages of planning across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Join the Network today by completing the relevant application form and sign up to shape the future of this Network.

Three Membership Options:
• Group Membership
• Individual Membership
• Associate Membership

Which Membership is right for me?

GROUP
• Forming or new cohousing community
• Unincorporated or incorporated corporate body, or partnership able to demonstrate cohousing principles in governing documents.
• Existing cohousing community
• Group membership does not exclude individuals from groups applying for individual membership as well

INDIVIDUAL
• Support the aims of the Network and have a long term interest in living in a cohousing community

ASSOCIATE
• Support the aims of the Network
• Organisation like a VCS body, housing provider, academic institution, private business, consultancy engaged in cohousing related activities.
• Do not meet criteria for Group or Individual membership.

It is a requirement of all three-membership options to support the aims of the UK Cohousing Network (listed below).

Definition of Cohousing

The UK Cohousing Network defines cohousing as; ‘A type of intentional community, composed of self-contained homes supplemented by shared facilities. The community is planned and managed by residents.’

The UK Cohousing Network will:

• Champion the cohousing model: providing advice to planners and housing professionals to raise the profile of cohousing and to improve delivery partnerships. We will lobby key decision makers on important issues and increase strategic awareness of the cohousing model.
• Provide hands-on support to members: by offering and delivering services and resources, to support groups to build new cohousing communities and to maintain existing communities.
• Facilitate peer-to-peer learning: helping members to build networks, share experiences, learn from and support each other.

Recent UK Cohousing Network achievements:

• Secured resources to achieve the above Network objectives.
• Hosted networking and technical assistance events and spoken at national and regional conferences
• Launched the new look cohousing website and published tailored resources to support cohousing development
• Established a Cohousing Research Network

Membership Options in More Detail:

Membership of the Network is not just about membership benefits, we are a fledgling and exciting movement that can help to achieve the objective of building more cohousing communities if we work together.

Cohousing Group Membership
• Able to nominate and elect Directors to the UKCN board. A majority of appointed company Directors have to be elected from Member Groups.
• Influence Network resources to shape the policy agenda to support the delivery of cohousing
• Discount on UKCN events and training
• E-bulletins and cohousing news and policy updates
• Access to resources sharing circle to borrow books and other services
• Access to a ‘members only’ resources section of the website incorporating template documents and agreements and a Directory of Contacts (available June 2013).

Individual Cohousing Membership
• Able to nominate and elect Directors to the UKCN board. Three of the ten company Directors have to be elected from Individual Members
• Influence Network resources to shape the policy agenda to support the delivery of cohousing
• Discount on UKCN events and training
• E-bulletins and cohousing news and policy updates
• Access to resources sharing circle to borrow books and other services
• Access to a ‘members only’ resources section of the website incorporating template documents and agreements and a Directory of Contacts (available June 2013).

Associate Membership
• Influence Network resources to shape the policy agenda to support the delivery of cohousing
• Discount on UKCN events and training
• E-bulletins and cohousing news and policy updates
• Advert in the ‘professional services’ section of the UKCN website (to be launched in 2014).

Membership Costs for 2014/15:

• Cohousing Group Membership: £50 per annum
• Individual Cohousing Membership: £20 per annum
• Associate Membership: £50 (£20 unwaged)

* Membership terms, benefits and costs are reviewed by the UK Cohousing Network board of directors annually in December, to be implemented the following March for membership renewals.