Cornerstone Housing Co-operative
Leeds, England, United Kingdom
- Last updated: January 4, 2019 (3 seconds ago)
- Listing created on: October 16, 2004
Direct action & Mutual aid, ecological thinking, co-operative living, extending common ownership.
Each house has a food kitty, members eat together each night and communal food is vegan, although the houses are vegetarian. There is an emphasis on members being socially active, and members are often involved in local and national campaigns on a diverse range of issues, from asylum seeking to radical ecological action to queer politics. Footprint Workers Cooperative and the Cornerstone Resource Centre (providing resources for campaigns) are based in the cellar of one house.
Cornerstone is a member of Radical Routes (www.radicalroutes.org.uk), the UK network for radical co-ops promoting cooperation and working for social change. We encourage investors to take out shares in Rootstock (ww.rootstock.org.uk), investors’ co-op, to support this work and fund new co-operatives.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 1993
- Start Living Together: 1993
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://www.cornerstonehousing.org.uk
- Business, Project, or Organization: http://www.radicalroutes.org.uk
- Contact Name: The Secretary
- Phone: +44-(0)1132621534
- Community Address:
16 Sholebroke Ave
Leeds, England, LS7 3HB
- Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything)
- Programs & Activities: Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, political, ecological & non-hierarchical
- Location: Urban
- Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: No
- Additional Comments:
monthly co-op meetings, monthly feelings meetings, ad hoc house meetings, Radical Routes quarterly gatherings often preceeded by RR agenda meetings in the co-op, 6-weekly workweekends and other ad hoc meetings and trainings. Each member holds an officer post (eg rent, vehicle management, internal membership, secretary, treasury) and reports to the monthly coop meetings.
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Regular Fee per Month: $430
- Shared Income: Partial share of income
- Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Additional Comments:
rent is 1/3 of income, kitty contributions on a sliding scale
Members are expected to participate in house life, attend meetings, engage in work for Radical Routes and contribute to maintaining the buildings.
£1 share to become a member /director of the co-op
Rent (1/3 income) plus kitty contributions plus bills (ca. £90/month)
- Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
- Current renewable energy generation: 100%
- Energy sources: Clean Energy from the Grid
- Current food produced: Up to 25%
- Planned food produced: Up to 25%
- Food produced locally: Up to 25%
- Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Internet, bathrooms, kitchens, etc.
- Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
- Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
- Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
- Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
- Dietary Practice: Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
- Special Diets OK: Yes
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
- Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
- Additional Diet Comments:
communal meals are vegan, communal areas are vegetarian
All joint meals are vegan
non-veggie skipped food should be hidden or kept outside.
no smoking in communal areas
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
non-hierarchical, consensus decision-making, feminist, ecological, co-operative, vegan