Blackcurrent Centre is a housing co–op established in 1989, Northampton, UK.
Sexism, racism, fascism, transphobia or homophobia
won’t be tolerated.
Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you.
Adhere to the seven
Our long term vision is to become a thriving, landlord/mortgage-free, eco-friendly, anarchistic housing co-op to set an example of a better way of living than the exploitative, capitalist-driven one, and to assist others in setting up similar coops.
What is a co-op?
A housing co-op, like most co-ops, is based on the principle of “common ownership”. This means that current Members, who have become part owners of a significant asset for virtually nothing, may not dispose of or otherwise neglect that asset to benefit themselves individually. Whilst Members are Tenants, they are common owners of the co-op and its assets. They have inherited these from previous Members and hold them “in trust” for future Members. When they leave the co-op, they cease to be owners.
Use of space
You may use any of the common areas in the house or outside at any time, providing you tidy up and clearing away your belongings after use. If you would like exclusive use of a communal space for a specific purpose, then this needs to be discussed and agreed at a House Meeting. If there is a conflict over the use of space, a House Meeting will be called to discuss the formation of a rota.
The common areas (apart from the entrance halls, staircases, and loos) are the kitchen, the clothes washing area, the garden, the Kropotkin, and the Office.
- The house is vegan/vegetarian, no meat allowed.
- No smoking in communal areas.
- No TV in coommunal areas.
The 7 Co-operative Principles
1st Principle: Voluntary and Open Membership
Co-operatives are voluntary organisations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
2nd Principle: Democratic Member Control
Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organised in a democratic manner.
3rd Principle: Member Economic Participation
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
4th Principle: Autonomy and Independence
Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organisations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.
5th Principle: Education, Training and Information
Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation.
6th Principle: Co-operation among Co-operatives
Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
7th Principle: Concern for Community
Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.
If you would like to be considered for moving in, willing to put in the time and effort to help us achieve the vision, please contact us on:
info [at] blackcurrent.uk
24 St Michael Avenue
Northampton NN1 4JQ
A Victorian house with 8 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, residential kitchen, Kropotkin Hall, Goldman’s Centre with a kitchenette, Armenian Office Room and a garden.