Join the Co-op
The Bristol Bike Project is a Community Interest Company with a co-operative structure. This means that we are an organisation whose focus is community benefit rather than private gain, and that we are a Member-led organisation. Co-operatives are defined as follows:
“A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. Co-operatives are enterprises that put people at the centre of their business and not capital.” (www.ica.coop)
So co-operatives are nothing without Members. Anyone who volunteers regularly can become a Member in order to become more involved in the running and the direction of the Project.
We hold regular General Meetings to which all Members are invited. This is our principal decision-making forum where the fundamental direction of the Project is decided upon. A board of Directors is elected from our Members and they meet once a month in order to oversee the implementation of what we decide in General Meetings.
To find out more, please download our Governance Handbook.
Membership benefits: As a member you can buy new stock at a generous discount. You can also claim the illustrious Bike Project T-shirt! At specific times, you will be able to use the tools and workshop free of charge to mend your own bike.
Volunteers can qualify to be a Member if they volunteer at least twice a month and, of course, if they want to be more involved in the future path the Project takes!