Becoming A Member

How to become a member of Manchester Urban Cohousing

MUCH aims to recruit new members who want to live in and take an active part in older peoples’ cohousing. We are looking for people who share our vision and values and we want as diverse a group of people as possible  to be part of MUCH.

We have designed a process which we hope enables interested people to find out everything they can about cohousing and the current group. The decision about whether to join us will be a shared one and may take some time.

The process below will, we hope, allow everyone to explore how this will work for us all. But we haven’t done this before so we are all learning as we go.

If you are interested please follow this journey and let us know how it goes for you:

First find out as much as you can about cohousing in general and MUCH in particular through reading MUCH, UK Cohousing and other cohousing groups’ websites.

Then get in touch with us if you want to know more muchmanchester@gmail.com .

 If you don’t have access to the internet or an email account, phone us on 07444581678. Please leave a message and we will get back to you.

We will invite interested people to meet up informally with a couple of the group to find out more and to answer your questions.  We will also want to know a bit about you and what attracts you to cohousing. It may take a few weeks to get this organised, so please bear with us.

 After this initial meeting if you are still interested we will invite you to a shared meal to meet the whole group.

 Then we will involve you as an observer in our monthly General Meetings (GM) where we make decisions and our working groups where 2 or more of us do the background work to take the project forward. We will give you a contact person who will keep in touch with you and answer your queries as you become involved in the group.

 After attending at least one GM and one working group you will be invited to apply for membership, by completing a simple form agreeing to our vision and values and current policies. Applicants will be invited to a Membership Meeting with all current members to discuss the commitments and risks of membership. The current members will decide whether the applicant is accepted or not, or needs more time.

All new members will undertake consensus decision making training at their own expense. They will pay the membership fee (currently £100 per person). They will be required at the appropriate point to disclose their finances to ensure they are able to afford the property and can access the required deposit (if owner occupiers).