Food Democracy in Action
Why join the Co-op?
Membership is at the very heart of the Dublin Food Co-op and the key to our uniqueness. While everyone is welcome, we actively encourage visitors to become members. The Co-op is owned and controlled by its consumer members; participation and volunteering are our lifeblood and the reason we thrive.
Our on-line membership is not currently available but you can print out this membership form and bring it to the Co-op Wednesday to Sunday with your membership fee.
Individual membership costs 15€ per year, with a 5€ discount for concessions (OAPs, students, and social welfare/medical card recipients). In addition, new members must purchase a 1€ share in the Co-op.
Household membership costs 20€ per year for up to four people. Again, each person joining must purchase a 1€ share in addition.
In the tradition of co-operatives, we deliver significant benefits to our members, including the chance to:
- obtain discounts on all purchases of Co-op produce
- receive additional discounts for working on the Help Rota
- make bulk and special orders at discounted rates
- receive members' information and services
- participate in decision-making and the running of the Co-op
- put forward ideas, projects and activities
A welcome and membership desk is located at the entrance every Saturday. Fáilte sessions are held on the first Saturday of every month to welcome and introduce new members to the Co-op.
All members receive a 5% discount on the purchase of Co-op produce. Those who volunteer time as part of the Help Rota get an additional 10% discount (i.e. 15% in total). Help Rota volunteers are asked to contribute 2 hours to the running the Co-op every 5 weeks. Times are flexible and roles include stocking shelves, assisting with cleaning and shut down, serving on a working group or the Co-ordinating Body, and staffing the welcome/membership desk.
Members steer the direction of the Co-op at the annual general meeting and elect a board called the Co-ordinating Body (CB) to carry through policy. The CB is supported by working groups for areas such as researching new premises, approving new products, overseeing our ethics and governance, maintaining our space, and improving our communications. Other mechanisms for direct democracy (for instance, consensus decision making) and member consultation are also used. Day-to-day management is in the hands of the General Manager and the staff.