Skylark Housing Co-op


Year started
Number of over 18s
Legal structure
industrial and provident society
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

Skylark Housing Co-operative consits of seven adults and three dogs. On the 1st March 2013 we bought our semi-detached house. Its an ex-council house on the edge of the downs, in Bevendean. In our large garden our fig tree produces wonderfully and we grow vegetetables, flowers and herbs. Bevendean has a vibrant community scene with the first co-operative pub on a council estate The Bevy, a plethora of other housing co-operatives, a community garden and a fruit and nut orchard in the works. All of us at Skylark are queer and many trans/non-binary. We are involved in activism, education and community activities. Its not all graft though and members can also be found knitting, massaging, drawing and painting, making music, gardening, and studying. If you would like to apply for membership have a look at our website.

community does not share income
community does not require capital from members
community has broadband internet access
community does not generates any of its own electricity
community does not use solar energy
community buildings not 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 not wheelchair accessible
community is involved in campaigning

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Skylark Housing Co-op is currently looking for new members

One of our Skylarks is flying the nest soon so we’re looking for a new member from early February!

We are a vegan/freegan house, non-smoking indoors and 3 dogs. Rent for the room is £334 a month, although there is also £10 a week kitty and £10 a week bills. We are a friendly bunch and tend to eat communally, with ideally each member cooking for everyone once a week. The house still needs work so there is room to get stuck in.

We would like to live with someone who doesn’t shy away from responsibility, and will muck in and take the initiative. We will prioritise activists, and our members include feminist campaigners, eco-activists, people involved in the local social centre and in activist legal support and prisoner solidarity. We are aged 23-30 and work in libraries, universities, rope access, care work and allotments. Many of us are creative and like drawing and making music. It’s not a party house but the structure isn’t very soundproof so you would need to be okay with hearing other people occasionally, and being aware of noise.

We are members of Radical Routes and that commits us to going to quarterly gatherings to represent our co-op. Living in a co-operative involves more work than a normal rental property. This includes keeping on top of our finances, attending regular house meetings, attending co-operative events, contributing to house work days, organising house work days, promoting co-ops etc. No one person has to do all of this, but you shouldn’t apply if you don’t have any time to commit to the day-to-day running of the co-op.

In the near future we hope to build a bike shed and work area, and a little guest house. In the longer term we plan on building an extension to give us more communal space as what we have is small.

We are an easy cycle to town or the bus stop is round the corner from us.

Check out our Membership Criteria and Joining Procedure on our website, and drop us an email on to tell us about yourself and why you’d like to live here.

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