Stirchley Co-operative Development

Developing and growing co-operation in Stirchley

About us

Stirchley Co-operative Development is a group of housing and worker co-operatives based in Stirchley and nearby: Birmingham Bike Foundry, Federici Housing Co-operative, Gung Ho Housing Co-operative, and some others. We have been building a co-operative movement in and around Stirchley for the past decade and now we are coming together to create something bigger.

We plan to build affordable and eco-friendly residential and retail premises in the heart of Stirchley, with the aim of giving people back control over their home and work environments.

What is a Co-operative?

According to the International Co-operative Alliance, a co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically controlled enterprise.

Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. Co-operatives also follow the seven Co-operative Principles.

As we are a co-operative, each one of our tenants will have an equal say in the running of the building in which they live or work. We are a non-profit organisation, so any profits will be reinvested as the members see fit. We wish to support and grow other co-operatives in the community by providing them with secure and affordable premises.

What's happening in Stirchley?

For nearly 30 years there's been unused land for development in Stirchley, while there's more need than ever for affordable housing which our councils are struggling to provide. We want to offer something positive to the community we love - our plans would create affordable, energy efficient housing and high quality, eco-friendly shop units.

By building co-operative housing and retail space we are building on the rich co-operative history of our local area, using the legacy of the past to forge a better future for Stirchley.

"Stirchley deserves better!"
- Steve McCabe, MP for Selly Oak

What are our plans?

For the last two years Stirchley Co-operative Development has been working a plan to do something amazing in our neighbourhood. In collaboration with Accord, a housing association with a great track record of building cost-conscious ecological co-operative housing, we want to develop a mixed-use residential and retail development around Stirchley High Street on the A441 Pershore Road.

We will create retail space for local worker co-ops, co-operative housing, an events space and maybe even childcare, all at a price which is realistic for its current and future members. The end result will be a long-term asset, regenerating an area we care about in a way that is sensitive to the past and ambitious about our common future.

We are not currently looking for members during this development phase. However, as soon as construction begins we will be opening applications for people to join and make their home here.

Stirchley Co-operative Development is incorporated as a business using the Somerset Rules for Co-operative Societies.

Job opportunities

Stirchley Co-operative Development Project Manager

Deadline: 11/11/2019
Time: 0.5 FTE (17.5 hours/week)
Annual Salary: £17,710 (£35,420 FTE)
Start date: November 2019
End date: October 2020
Status: One year fixed term
Location: South Birmingham
Application: Please submit a recent CV along with a maximum two page covering letter outlining your suitability and how you meet the essential elements of the role as outlined below.

1. Introduction

Stirchley Co-operative Development Ltd. (SCD) is a multi-stakeholder co-operative society of worker co-ops, housing co-op tenants and investors. Our objects are:

We are seeking a person to carry out work on behalf of the members of the co-op in order to deliver the first SCD development. The role should be funded by the Homes England Community Housing Fund Phase 1 (Revenue).

The role will involve:

Specific tasks that must be completed within this role:

2. Administering Spend on Grant

To complete this element of the post you will need to

3. Co-ordination of Capacity Building Work

4. Group Development Work

5. Other Duties

SCD will expect the post holder to complete any other duties that may be reasonably requested of the post holder.

6. Management

In this role, you will aim to protect the user members’ interests in creating a mixed-use development on Stirchley High Street. As such, you will need to balance competing interests of different stakeholders (funders, designers, developers etc.). This will require flexible communication and a focus on understanding stakeholder needs.

At monthly SCD meetings you will report on your progress (200 words max); members may ask you to complete tasks and you will encourage fellow members to do them where possible. It is up to you and SCD to decide together which tasks fall under the remit of this post.

SCD members may wish to call meetings with you outside of the scheduled monthly meeting to discuss your responsibilities in more detail. SCD will nominate a single person for line management duties who will liaise and hold regular 1-to-1 meetings with the member of staff.

7. Equal Opportunities

Stirchley Co-operative Development Ltd. is an equal opportunities employer, we offer flexible working practices and encourage applications from people with suitable skills no matter what their background or ability. If you are interested in this position and feel you have the skills required to deliver this role and contribute to the organisation please apply for this post.

We currently meet in a working space above Birmingham Bike Foundry. This space is not currently fully accessible, so if necessary, alternative meeting space could be sought.

8. Flexible/Remote working

The time commitment for this post is 17.5 hours/week. Some weekend and evening work will be required to cover events and training sessions. Though based in Stirchley, South Birmingham, we can support flexible and some limited remote working arrangements subject to prior agreement.

Please state any requirements for flexible working in your covering letter and at interview.

9. Outline of the Role

i) Skills and experience

Essential
Preferred
Useful

ii) Person specification

Essential
Preferred
Useful

10. Submission and Selection

Please submit your CV and covering letter as a single PDF to vacancies@stirchley.coop before 5pm on 11th November 2019. Candidates will be shortlisted for an in-person or online interview. The interview will last up 60 minutes. Candidates will told as soon as possible whether they have been successful or not.

11. Legal right to work

By the time you commence your employment you must have a legal right to work in the UK.

12. For more information

If you have any questions please email: vacancies@stirchley.coop or telephone: 0121 459 7276

Stirchley Co-operative Development Ltd. is company number RS004496.

As a company registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, the co-op is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Email address for inquiries: info@stirchley.coop