I wrote this to help collect my thoughts about the project and act as starting point to @Cecile 's proposal 7.
Cooperation Birmingham was created in the very first days of the Covid 19 Pandemic. It’s members had recently been involved in setting up and supporting the Warehouse Cafe Co-operative in Digbeth and wanted to use the resources of the shut cafe to help people isolate safely. When these provisions were not put in place by the government, we set up Coop Brum providing solidarity directly through mutual aid. The initial goal was to provide hot meals through the Solidarity Kitchen, but, having learned from Cooperation Jackson from Mississippi who visited Birmingham in 2020, the project was intended to be a basis for a solidarity economy in the city, the next step after creating the Warehouse. Over the next year the project delivered 16,000 hot meals and trained and developed over 200 participants who helped with cooking, distributing, handling phone calls and onboarding, creating newsletters and making masks. At the first AGM in March 2021 the project voted to become a membership organisation and launch two new projects a solidarity cafe and a media co-operative, which would continue the goal of creating co-operative spaces and infrastructure in a democratic way, bringing mutual benefits to members who participate in the project and raising the awareness and perspective of cooperation in the city.