Joining Lancaster Cohousing

How to apply for membership

Prospective Forgebank tenants and leaseholders must have been accepted as members before they can sign their lease or tenancy contract. We recommend that you contact our Membership Team (MIST) and start the application process as soon as possible to make sure it doesn’t delay the contract. MIST’s role is to act as the main point of contact and support between people seriously interested in membership, and the community as a whole. We will guide you through the process aiming to ensure that you have a robust understanding about what it means to be part of this community and a realistic expectation that you will be able to contribute and thrive here.

How would I apply for membership?

If you are really interested in living here:

If you want to know more:

If you’re still seriously interested:

What happens to your application?

Your application form is circulated to all members. You are matched up with a ‘buddy’ - a community member who can answer your questions. When you have completed all the steps, MIST present your application to a General Meeting (GM) for decision by all members. The decision will be coloured by their experience of how you have engaged with the community and with the application process. Do you seem realistic about the benefits and challenges of living at Forgebank? Do you share our aspirations? At least 2 members need to be in a position to ‘sponsor’ you - ie they have got to know you enough to feel confident that you have made a wise choice. Occasionally, we have delayed the decision and asked an applicant to spend longer getting to know us and finding out how the community works.