We are a Co-Op

Café INDIEpendent is now a Co-Operative.

It’s possible for you to join us (in exchange for an annual Membership fee), and support our efforts to make Scunthorpe a better place. By becoming a Member you can have a direct influence over the direction of the organisation. We became a Co-Operative because we felt it crucial that our governance reflected our community engagement and, indeed, our outlook – the Café really can belong to everyone.

There are periodic Members Socials. These are not just meetings at which the Staff Team present to the Members and put forward matters to discuss, they’re also an opportunity to get to know some of the other wonderful faces that make up our community. On occasion, the Staff Team will put forward matters for vote. The Café INDIEpendent Co-Operative Scheme is founded on the principle of One Member, One Vote.

There are, of course, some financial perks attached to becoming a Member – discounted hot drinks, gig tickets and venue hire. But the main reason most Members sign up is to support our work with young people and for our community.

Co-Op Membership lasts until the end of January each year. So, if you join in February you will have a full 12 calendar months of Membership before renewal is due. You will need to fill in a short Application Form (our way of checking that you subscribe to our values) and pay your Annual Membership Fee. In return you’ll receive a Membership Card and Membership Handbook. Please note : for legal reasons we are unable to offer Membership to anyone under 16, although we are exploring ways to further engage children in the process of active participation.

The objects of the INDIE Co-Op are specifically restricted to the following:

Carry on the business as a Co-Operative.

Deliver a café and arts venue, primarily developing young people, which serves as a resource for the community and as a springboard for community development.

PLEASE NOTE : We are unable to accept Membership applications over the internet. You must call in to the Café itself and sign up in person, or download this form (here) and complete, and return to us by post along with a cheque for your Membership fee. Membership costs £25 in 2017. There are concessionary rates for the unwaged, for pensioners and for students. If you fall into one of these categories and will be making postal application / payment, please contact us in advance to discuss.

All Membership enquiries to be addressed to our Membership Manager STEVE, whose e-mail address is : steve@cafeindiependent.org.uk