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Radical Routes

  A network of radical co-ops whose members are committed to working for positive social change.  

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fishes gifThe Radical Routes network is made up mainly of housing co-ops of various sizes (none with more than 16 members), a few workers co-ops and a couple of social centres. There are also associate members (such as Veggies) who, although unable to take on the full commitment, are mutually supportive of the aims of Radical Routes.

Four times a year, the member co-ops get together at "gatherings". These weekend events have a social function, but are also the places at which all important decisions are taken. They are open meetings and anyone is welcome to attend.

The following are typical items that appear on the agenda at these gatherings.

  • It may be that we have to assess an application to join by a co-op;
  • An existing member may want to apply for a loan or ask for a loan repayment holiday if they have financial trouble;
  • A new piece of housing law may be discussed as different co-ops share experience of dealing with their local councils. We often discuss arguments that have worked in bringing about favourable outcomes for our co-ops;
  • Areas of the Radical Routes policy document may be reviewed;
  • Possible new services that we can offer our members may be discussed;
  • Co-ops wishing to join at the next gathering give presentations;
  • Work carried out by member co-ops is reported, and the next quarter's work is shared out around the network.


In addition there is a parallel programme of introductory workshops for new groups and individuals at every gathering.


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Added : 2009/11/22
Updated 2011/03/14
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