Join The Working Group

The purpose of the role

  • To work together as part of the working group to launch the first student-led housing co-operative in Sussex

  • To create an affordable housing alternative for students

Main tasks & responsibilities

Volunteers work together to:

  • Recruit new members & prospective tenants
  • Campaigning & awareness raising activities: growing a movement around student led housing co-operatives 
  • Fundraising & working with BHCLT to identify social investors 
  • Community engagement to build support and secure a property 
  • Promotion and marketing: blog posts, social media, graphic design 

This role would suit you if you…

  • Have a positive can-do attitude 
  • Want to create a legacy for future generations of students to have affordable housing
  • Want to learn new skills 
  • Like to meet new people 
  • Are interested in learning about the co-operative movement
  • Have an interest in working collaboratively using consensus decision making


Volunteers are expected to commit to:

  • A weekly meeting
  • Attend relevant training for the role as required
  • Undertake tasks in line with group objectives

Support & Training

  • Full support from the SEASALT Project Manager (funded through Brighton & Hove Community Led Housing programme) 

  • The opportunity to attend specialised skills and knowledge training sessions

  • Wider support from the Co-operative network including Students for Co-operation, Co-ops UK, Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust, MAIS (Mutual Aid in Sussex) and local housing co-operatives.
  • Great experience for your CV and the provision of a reference and a certificate of completed volunteer hours
  • Regular volunteer meet-ups 
  • A unique transformative opportunity to set up the first student housing co-operative in Sussex.

Skills Gained

Skills Gained: Participating in this opportunity will enable you to develop and practice the following skills

  • Teamwork
  • Delegation
  • Financial Management
  • Verbal Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Written Communication
  • People Management
  • Organisation/ Planning
  • Leadership
  • Time Management
  • Telephone Skills
  • Commercial Awareness
  • Marketing
  • Initiative
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Public Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Confidentiality
  • Cultural Awareness