What our Members do for Elbow Grease

Members volunteer and are supported to provide services to other vulnerable people living in their local community. They help with practical tasks in and around the home that the person is struggling to complete themselves. Common tasks include light housework, gardening, dog walking, shopping or simply befriending. The members have recently elected to do small jobs for local charities free of charge which brings a wealth of benefits. They also support other local voluntary groups in their promotional activities gaining from the social inclusion and friendships this brings.

Most active members attend the weekly meeting referred to as the CARS group where various social and learning events are organised. The theme or learning during these meetings are chosen to be vocationally relevant to the responsibilities of members and are progressive to their planned outcomes. Members have a large say in what is arranged. In addition, business decisions required for the running of the Co-Operative are taken at these meetings. We also have an AGM plus the four general meetings as required under cooperative rule.

Members run a weekly Tuck shop at the CARS Meeting. They are supported to purchase the food provisions from local supermarkets and become involved in the preparation and presentation of simple snacks. Healthy eating is promoted, Food safety enforced and budgetary skills developed in the purchasing of provisions and selling of goods.

Social activities are organised as preferred by the members and typically held on the last Thursday of each month. In addition members support other community groups and charities in their activities.