Fireside Housing Co-op

Contact
Jenny

Postal Address
61 Melrose Road
Sheffield
S3 9DN

Year started
1996
Situation
Urban
Number of over 18s
10
Number of under 18s
3
Ideological focus
Low cost high quality living
Legal structure
industrial and provident society
Open in principle to new members
yes
Charge visitors
no
Work in Lieu
no

Fireside has a row of five mid-terrace Victorian houses in Burngreave, Sheffield. We’ve knocked our long and skinny gardens into one, giving us plenty of room to play, grow organic veg, have bonfires and parties. There’s lots of green space and wildlife around, a shared allotment, a tree swing and an adventure playground at the end of the road. Burngreave is a quite deprived inner-city area but very multicultural and vibrant.   Every adult tenant is a full and equal member, and between us we manage the business and maintain the houses and gardens. The houses are owned by the Co-op, not by the individuals here – but as Co-op members we are both tenants and our own landlords, which gives us greater control over our housing. Our aims are to provide and maintain affordable good quality housing; to improve the energy-efficiency of the houses and minimise our impact on the environment; and to support and promote the Co-operative housing sector.   With two growing families in the co-op we live mostly as five separate households, but we have knocked a connecting door between number 55 & 57 and numbers 59 & 61 have a shared kitchen area. We eat communally on a regular basis, after meetings, and on a Co-op weekend when we work together on the houses and gardens.    We’ve got PV panels on all roofs and solar hot water in 4 of the houses; we have created large, light, highly insulated kitchens and aim to bring the rest of the structure up to the same standard of comfort and energy efficiency. There is a lot of work in running a co-op, and we welcome applicants with skills such as accountancy, carpentry and plumbing. We often have space for more members, so do get in touch!

community shares income to some extent
community does not require capital from members
community has broadband internet access
community generates some of its own electricity
community uses solar energy
community buildings insulated to a high standard
community members use bicycles
community does not have an organised system for car sharing
community is accessible by public transport
community shares utilities
community has tool sharing system
community has organised systems for recycling
community does not have any kind of ecosewage system
community is not involved in land management
community grows a lot of vegetables
no communal animals
regular communal meals
community has policy which restricts smoking
community buildings at least partly wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

Fireside Housing Co-op is currently looking for new members

Fireside Housing Co-op has spaces. One or two rooms would be suitable for a couple or a single person, and the vacant house could suit a a family as we really want to have more children in the Co-op. Our rent is £57/week per adult, plus bills and a contribution to our income-sharing pot (which pays insurance, water rates & internet costs). At present we are 9 adults, a 4 year old & a new baby :-) all busy doing our own things. We would like to have another child here too. (Some of our children grew into adults and stayed!) Our outside interests range from gardening to music to cycling to campaign work. If you are interested in living with us, please get in contact and we’ll send you more information. Initially we’ll invite you for an online meeting with one or two of us, and then perhaps a distanced a cup of tea, depending where you live. This gives you a chance to meet a few of us and see the place. If all goes well, we’ll start the lengthier process of getting to know each other. This can take a while as it takes time for all of us to get to know you, and vice versa, and our Co-op decision meetings are only monthly.

Send them a message:
fireside_housing_co-op@riseup.net

Fireside Housing Co-op is currently looking for volunteers

Send them a message:
fireside_housing_co-op@riseup.net