Fireside Housing Co-op


Postal Address
61 Melrose Road
S3 9DN

0114 220 6322
Year started
Number of over 18s
Number of under 18s
Ideological focus
cheap but high quality living
Legal structure
industrial and provident society
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

Fireside has a row of five mid-terrace Victorian houses in Burngreave in 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. The gardens back onto a Victorian cemetery so there’s lots of green space and wildlife around even though we’re in an inner-city area. There’s also an adventure playground at the end of the road.

The ages of the 9 adults living here range from early 20s to early 60s. 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 fairly regular basis, particularly when having a meeting, or a Co-op weekend which is when we work together on the houses or gardens, and some households eat together more frequently.

A few years ago we created a highly insulated 2-storey extension across the backs of 55-59, and since then we’ve had a second solar thermal system put in, so 4 out of 5 houses now have solar hot water. We also have PV panels across the south facing rooves.

Burngreave is a quite deprived inner-city area but very multicultural and vibrant. Some co-op members are involved with local community groups.

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 does not grow 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

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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 £55/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.

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