You are invited to Small Heath Housing Co-op Day at the Emerald Social Club, 214 Green Lane, Small Heath, Birmingham B9 5DH

In the last quarter of the twentieth century six tenants’ housing co-operatives were established in Small Heath when local residents were persuaded by a band of housing professionals to get together to provide decent rented housing for themselves and others who needed it for one reason or another.


This photograph was published in a National Federation of Housing Associations report in 1988. The caption reads: Victoria Tenants Co-operative in Birmingham has made particular efforts to meet the needs of all groups in its neighbourhood and create integrated communities where all traditions and customs are respected. Here children gather at the co-op’s 40-unit Byron Road Scheme.

Five of those co-ops are still in existence today. The event will reunite the founders and celebrate the successes and longevity of the co-ops themselves. The event is organised by Alan Clawley who was a founder member of Victoria Tenants’ Co-op and is a member of Small Heath Park Housing Co-operative.


10.00 Welcome/Coffee/Tea

10.30 Personal recollections – how it all began

11.30 Walking tour of local co-ops taking in Bordesley Green, Holmwood, Triangle, Victoria and Small Heath Park (approx 1.5 miles, wheelchair-friendly)

1.00 Lunch 2.30 Launch of Alan’s forthcoming book, A History of the Small Heath Housing Co-operatives. Copies can be ordered on the day.

4.00 Close

There is no charge for the event as the cost of hiring the venue is being met by donations. You can come for all or part of the day which will be mostly informal  in style. You are invited as an individual rather than a spokesperson, delegate or representative.

Lunch can be arranged at cost if there are enough takers.

Contact: Alan Clawley 26 Taywood Drive, Birmingham B10 0DB or 0121 772 7165