Becoming A Member

MUCH aims to recruit new members who want to live in and take an active part in older peoples’ cohousing. We’re 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 on  If you don’t have an email account, you can phone us on 07444581678. Please leave a message and we will get back to you.

We 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 two or more of us do the background work to take the project forward. We’ll assign you a contact person (“buddy”) who will keep in touch with you and answer your queries as you become involved in the group.

After attending three General Meetings and a working group you will have up to three months to reflect on whether you wish 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 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. They will pay the membership fee (currently £100 per person). Potential owner occupiers are required, as part of the membership process, to disclose their finances to ensure they are able to afford the property and can access the required deposit. They will also, over time, contribute £1061 as a Development Loan to MUCH LTD. All existing members have done this. 40% of the Development Loan is payable upon joining.

Last updated June 2019