We are a self-managed project, meaning that each and every single one of us takes on some responsibility – a role – to keep the coop running. This work is organised horizontally (i.e. we strive to eliminate hierarchies) in five Working Groups (WGs). Each WG meets once a week; proposals from WGs are brought to a bi-weekly General Meeting (GM) for wider co-op discussion and approval. The Working Groups are:

Places

Putting the ‘operation’ in ‘co-operation’. Find out in this WG why the building looks as good as it does and how all the appliances are still working. If you’re good with your hands or keen to learn, this is for you.

Procedures

All things legal and financial are taken care of by this WG; from leases to bills, and budgets to assets. Logistical stuff is your talent? Then this could be the WG of your dreams.

Participation

This WG is pretty self-reflective and addresses the democratic structures of the co-op to help make getting involved and having your voice heard more effective. If equality ticks your box, get to this WG.

People

This group deals with all things social and community orientated. From outreach to parties, and event planning to documenting our lives. If people and their welfare are your jam, this is the WG for you.

Principle 6

The obscure name for this group comes from the 6th of the 7 cooperative principles: cooperation among cooperatives. The members in this group are in touch with our umbrella organisations – Student Coop Homes (SCH) and Students for Cooperation (SfC) – to contribute to the wider coop movement. Keen on more housing coops elsewhere? This is the working group for you!