EVOLUTION OF SUSSEX COHOUSING
Sussex Cohousing originated several years ago as Brighton Cohousing, a research based group. The group went through several changes in membership and the work undertaken during that period informed where we are now and how we work together.
Over the years the Development Team expanded from 4 to 9, always working together diligently and patiently to build a robust project. We believe that collaborative communication and clear processes are fundamental to the group's sustainability and are enjoying working together as a group.
Currently we are made up of 4 'circles' (or working groups). The General Circle (overseeing the wider direction of the project) meets twice a month for half a day, each with a plentiful pot-luck shared lunch. The Community, Legal and Finance and Site and Design Circles are focussed more on the detailed work of their areas and also meet aproximately twice a month also.
We each pay a monthly subscription to cover core costs and larger donations/loans from within the group have previously financed a paid worker to help move things forward.
Our Vision, Mission and Principles underpin what we collectively want from the project and reflect the values and desires of the core group. They include information on size, location, eco-principles, shared resources as well as individual space, diversity and affordability.