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Applications open for Project Co-ordinator role

Stirchley Co-operative Development are recruiting a part-time Project Coordinator to help us deliver our ambitious plans to build affordable housing and new retail premises in the heart of our community.

To apply please send a recent CV and covering letter as a single PDF along with a copy of the application form to [email protected] before 11am, Friday 6th January, 2023

Background

The role will be funded through the Interreg NWE CHARM project where Stirchley Co-operative Development Ltd. has become a sub-partner of GreenSquareAccord Ltd. (formerly Accord Housing Association). This Stirchley Co-operative Development project, our first, is also funded through Homes England funding which is contingent on the organisation achieving Registered Provider status from the Regulator for Social Housing. This project has previously been assisted by the Homes England Community Housing Fund and Power to Change Homes in Community Hands funding.

The role

The Project Coordinator will facilitate meetings and actions between our membership and external stakeholders including, but not limited to, funders, Birmingham City Council, GreenSquareAccord, community groups and contractors. The part-time, fixed term position will be based in Stirchley, south Birmingham and involve some evening and weekend working where appropriate. The Project Coordinator will oversee the working groups of SCD and support them in the delivery of specific tasks, policy development and governance.

About you

We’re looking for a Project Co-ordinator who is an excellent communicator and organised with the ability to manage their own workload and work both independently and as part of a team.

The Project Co-ordinator will be responsible for organising and recording the general meetings of our membership and ensure the delivery of the tasks distributed to SCD working groups.

You will have experience using online document sharing software similar to Google drive and be responsible for keeping policy documents up-to-date. We’re looking for someone who has an active interest in community-led social and environmental action.

About us

Stirchley Co-operative Development Ltd. (SCD) is a multi-stakeholder co-operative society of worker co-ops and housing co-op tenants who operate in accordance with the co-operative values and principles. Our objects are:

  • To provide co-operative residential accommodation through social housing.
  • To provide premises for co-operative businesses.
  • The provision of social housing.
  • To promote and preserve co-operation and common ownership in Stirchley.
  • To contribute to the regeneration of Stirchley for the benefit of the whole community.
  • To make this provision in an environmentally sustainable way.

Job Description

Deadline: 11am, Friday 6th January 2023

Interviews: Week commencing Monday 16th January

Time: 0.6 FTE* (21 hours/week) 

*FTE = 35 hours per week

Total contract pay: £15,939 (£35,420 pa Pro Rata)

Start date: March 1st 2023

End date: November 30th 2023

Status: Fixed term 

Application: Please send a recent CV and covering letter as a single PDF along with a copy of the application form to [email protected] before 11am, Friday 6th January, 2023

Job sharing: There is an option for job sharing with this role

This role will involve:

  • Organising monthly meetings for SCD members and minuting these meetings
  • Ensuring the SCD shared drive is well organised, up-to-date and accessible to all members
  • Identifying the activities which need to take place on the client (SCD) side
  • Facilitating decision-making between member co-ops
  • Creating processes/timeline for policy and governance creation/change
  • Identifying central points of contact for different partners/activities and maintaining relationships with them
  • Mapping stakeholders – working with the publicity working group toward community engagement aims
  • Keeping up-to-date with SCD working groups
  • Facilitating the establishment of financial spending controls
  • Bookkeeping, in line with funders’ requirements
  • Identifying potential external media opportunities in the wider community
  • Convening visits to other relevant co-ops, housing and mixed use developments of interest

Specific tasks that must be completed within this role:

  • Assisting the membership working group in the creation of SCD membership processes for both trading co-ops and individual housing members. As well as recruitment of new and prospective members.
  • Preparation (with assistance) of responses to the Regulator of Social Housing to achieve registered provider (RP) status.
  • Creation of policy documents for all SCD members.
  • Encouraging and identifying opportunities for SCD members and working groups to engage in training and learning opportunities, and to potentially contribute to them.
  • Other tasks necessary for the successful development of the SCD site

Co-ordination

In this role, you will protect the 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 provide a short (200 words) report on your progress; members may delegate tasks to you and you will encourage working groups and board members to engage in them where appropriate. It is up to you and SCD to decide together which tasks fall under the remit of this post. SCD members may call meetings with you outside of the scheduled monthly meeting to discuss work activities and actions. SCD will nominate a single point of contact from the board who will liaise and hold 1-to-1 meetings with you on a monthly basis.

Equal Opportunities

Stirchley Co-operative Development 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. Please let us know if you have any access needs that should be considered for you to complete this application and/or role.

Flexible/Remote working

The time commitment for this post is 21 hours/week. Monthly general meetings take place on the last Monday of each month. Some weekend and evening work might be required to cover events, meetings and training sessions. We will providing an office space for this role 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.

Skills and experience

Essential

  • Experience of project management or project co-ordination
  • Experience of co-operative or community development

Preferred

  • Experience of facilitating peer learning and knowledge sharing within a group, network or co-operative
  • Experience of delivering a community-led housing or business project

Useful

  • Experience of bookkeeping
  • Experience in the creation or changes to governance mechanisms
  • Experience of business modelling
  • Experience of developing communication/marketing materials
  • Understanding of energy systems

Person specification

Essential

  • Able to plan work strategically, prioritising competing aims, time frames and capacity
  • Able to co-ordinate a volunteer-led organisation
  • An excellent verbal and written communicator, enthusiastic and engaging
  • Able to understand the needs of both individuals and organisations through discussion
  • Competent at using a shared online Drive and equivalent processing software (Excel, Word etc.)

Preferred

  • Ability to facilitate groups in order to enable shared learning
  • Motivated by environmental and social justice concerns

Useful

  • Marketing experience
  • Experience working with Birmingham City Council housing

Submission and Selection

Please submit your CV and covering letter as a single PDF along with a copy of the application form to [email protected] before 11am, Friday 6th January, 2023. Candidates will be short-listed for an in-person or online interview. The interview will take place on the week commencing January 16th 2023 and will last up 45 minutes. Candidates will be told within 72 hours whether they have been successful or not.

Legal right to work

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

For more information

If you have any questions please email: [email protected] or telephone Matthew Cox (SCD board member) 0121 459 7276

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A huge step closer to building affordable housing for Stirchley

Press Release: 21st January 2021

Stirchley Co-operative Development (SCD) have been granted planning approval to build much-needed affordable housing as well as three new fit-for-purpose retail units in the heart of our community. The approval was certified by the Birmingham City Council planning committee on January 21st and means that SCD can continue forward with this ambitious project in 2021. 

The grassroots community organisation, made up of two local housing co-operatives and three co-operative businesses, have been working on this project since 2016. They’ve had support from local co-op housing provider; Accord and have received substantial financial backing from Homes England. 

After positive early talks with Seven Capital the group decided that the derelict land on the corner of Hunts Rd and Pershore Rd would make a suitable site for their project. Following public consultations they secured initial funding to hire architects and began to see their ideas come to life for the first time. Such a progressive project is unusual for the area and this, coupled with the COVID-19 crisis, led to delays in the planning process which pushed the committee decision back seven months to January. 

The ongoing community support for the project has been incredible, receiving hundreds of positive recommendations from local residents and businesses as well as elected officials. The positive attention brought to Stirchley because of this project will set a target for other parts of the city to aim for in terms of sustainable build processes and the provision of affordable housing – both vital components of any future urban development and a key part of Birmingham City Council’s objectives for the city. 

In-short, Stirchley Co-operative Development are on track to provide:

  • 39 affordable rental properties (100% of the housing)
  • A secure and sustainable home for three existing co-operative businesses in Stirchley
  • A new community space including a pedestrian walkway, seating a community garden and cycle parking
  • A closed-timber frame building with an environmental spec that exceeds Building Regulations and will provide:
    • 27% reduction in CO2 emissions per year
    • 22% reduction in CO2 emissions per square metre

This is not a profit-driven development, instead the entire project is being managed by the local businesses and residents as a co-operative. It will remain a co-operative when the residents move in where they will take control of the building collectively. This will create a long-term asset for Stirchley and sustainable homes for families and individuals ambitious about our common future.

For more information and to register your interest in joining visit stirchley.coop

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Press Release: Co-operation is growing in Stirchley

Affordable housing and retail spaces to add social and economic value to the community

The Birmingham suburb of Stirchley has a 150 year history of co-operative organisations run for the community, by the community. A major new venture revives this spirit for the 21st Century.

Following three years of planning and research, Stirchley Co-operative Development Ltd. (SCD) have agreed to purchase outright land on Hunts Road and Pershore Road, adjacent to the British Oak pub, from developers Seven Capital.

SCD is working toward the construction of a new residential and retail site with space for worker co-operatives and affordable housing in the heart of Stirchley. In partnership with Accord, a housing association with a great track record of building cost-conscious and ecological housing, SCD are developing plans for the site to include new retail premises for established worker co-operatives; Loaf Bakery & Cookery School, Birmingham Bike Foundry and Artefact Projects, and 45 affordable housing units to accommodate individuals, couples and families. The building will be constructed using sustainable and cost-efficient production techniques creating a functional new space that will be a positive addition to the Pershore Road.

The SCD building will be a long-term asset contributing to the regeneration of the area. Run with high levels of community involvement and reduced negative environmental impacts, it aims to be sensitive to the past and ambitious about Stirchley’s common future. Offering a sustainable alternative to private rental, this extensive project will help to tackle local social housing issues by providing accommodation and work space under common ownership.

Construction is set to begin in 2020 and is scheduled to last two years. During the construction stage the application process will open for those who wish to make their new home in Stirchley as part of the co-operative.

Stirchley Co-operative Development is supported by local businesses and its founding members are all current Stirchley or Selly Park residents. The organisation is incorporated as a business using the Somerset Rules for Co-operative Societies and has been awarded substantial financial support from Homes England.

For more information see the stirchley.coop website.