A year after opening up membership to the society, Carbon Co-op has 70 members and growing, next Monday 16th September we hold a general meeting, a chance for members and other interested people to get involved.
Last September Carbon Co-op officially launched its member offer. Until that point we'd been a small core of activists and co-operators working to establish the concept of a member owned and run organisation to assist householders carry out retrofit works.
We decided to set the membership rate at £35. A level that ensured we had a small committed membership, involved because they wanted to take action and to ensure we focused on delivering a member benefit to warrant the fee.
Our initial target was 40 members in 12 months, instead we've nearly doubled that with 70 fully paid up members of the society. Many of those members are in Greater Manchetster but we have members as far afield as London and Devon. Of those 70, 13 are involved in our current retrofit programme on a path to delivering 2050 homes with many more having taken the first step on the journey with a whole house assessment.
Every six months we hold a general meeting to involve the membership in our plans. The next one is Monday 16th September 2013 at Bakerie in Northern Quarter, Manchester and you can book tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7801477429 (You don't have to be a member to attend).
And many thanks to all those householders who've signed up as members. If you've not signed up and would like to you can do so here: http://www.carbon.coop/user/register