- A proposed agenda for your co-op founding meeting.
- A template shopping list (copy and paste into a new spreadsheet to edit your own or just print the page).
- A template members weekly pay spreadsheet (copy and paste into a new spreadsheet to edit your own).
- A template of co-op weekly rota (copy and paste into a new spreadsheet to edit your own).
- We recommend using Open Collective for membership fees, instead of a personal bank account. Here are some FAQ about how to use the platform. Our Open Collective ‘fiscal host’ (the organisation holding our funds) is the Social Change Nest. You can apply to them here.
- Co-op Expenses Policy for use on Open Collective (adapt to your group as required).
- Cooperation Town general poster / leaflet (can be printed as A3, A4 or A5. Ask us for an editable file).
- Cooperation Town logo for use on flyers, posters and other materials.
- An example of a co-op constitution (shared by Cooperation Tottenham). Your co-op doesn’t need to have one, but it might be useful to see how other co-ops organise.
- An example of a co-op induction pack (shared by Cooperation Walthamstow). Your co-op can adapt this to describe how you organise.
- A letter asking local shops for support (drafted by Cooperation Boundery Hall members)
- An example of a Felix Project delivery note (surplus food). This note is for a few co-ops’ joint delivery. Single co-op receive fewer crates. But you can see the range of items you can expect from the Felix Project (in London) or FareShare (anywhere else in England).
- A google folder containing all the above resources
Conflict, boredom and disorganisation can cause tensions in any group. Left unaddressed, they can lead to members leaving and the group collapsing.
We collated here a few resources to help your co-op avoid these challenges, as well as suggestions for how to keep your group engaged in the long term, ensure workload is shared and that tricky group dynamics are dealt with.
Seeds for Change have lots of useful information here.
Consent decision making
In addition to the information in the pack, here are a few videos about Consent Decision Making and a flow chart that explains a bit more about the process:
Here are a couple of resources about how to run effective and engaging meetings: