We are raising funds through our membership scheme to become more sustainable and self-sufficient as a project which will help us continue to create a positive impact for the community.
Our project has grown out of providing a space for local people to connect with the land and rediscover vital skills. At our current stage of expansion we are inviting our community to support us and benefit from the project through this membership scheme. The time, energy and enthusiasm given by the local community has brought us to where we are today and we are really excited to see where this leads us.
As we expand and look to securing our future in the Dartington landscape, we are finding pathways to become more sustainable in our long term vision as a project and we would like to offer members more opportunities to join us in the continued development of The Living Projects.
We want this to be a participatory project for everyone, especially for those who feel aligned and supportive of our vision even if you are not necessarily able to join us on the land for whatever reasons.
We have designed a donation based membership scheme for those who want to support, who regularly use the land and/or who want to ensure our continued growth and flourishing as a community asset.
We want this space to always remain open, hence being a donation based membership scheme. This means you can donate as little or as much as you want but to make things simple we have split donations into two different tiers with different perks available for each one.
We want to make sure that those in our community without funds can still contribute in some way so you can still become a member even if finances are a struggle.
You can find out more in our membership FAQ below.
Become a member
£3/£5 per month
A yearly feedback event
We offer a yearly event for all members to hear what we’ve been up to and feedback into our vision, strategy and development.
Four membership days per year
We will host four beautiful tailored events throughout the year that are our way of saying thank you and offering the richness of the land and our project.
£10 per month
Yearly feedback event & four membership days per year
One Yearly Free Roundhouse Booking - A weekday evening or daytime booking of the roundhouse and meadow including firewood. Members are able to book the roundhouse for a private event, this might be a birthday, a celebration, a movie night or fireside time with family and friends.You will need to get in touch with the team in order to book the space in advance through the booking system and the Sauna can be rented as extra.
How do I become a Member?
You can become a member as soon as you start donating either £3/£5/£10 per month. You’ll also become a member if you are receiving 1 of the 20 veg boxes from our CSA scheme. If finances are a barrier then you can still become a member just by emailing us and letting us know you would like to become one.
Do I need to become a member if I want to come to Pondfield?
We encourage anyone who regularly attends our volunteer days or uses the site in other ways to become members to make sure you are kept in the loop about opportunities, changes or important notices. It also means that the majority of people using our land are members in some way and therefore using the space responsibly.
What does it mean if I become a member?
You will have access to the four member events we put on throughout the year as well as a yearly feedback event that helps us gain insight from our local community to make decisions about the project. As a member you have the opportunity to support the direction and delivery of the project through how you choose to participate plus its continued growth and flourishing through your financial support.
Does being a member mean I can use the site whenever I want?
No. Becoming a member does not entitle you to use the land without prior booking or consent from the core organising team. Please do not show up on the land without prior arrangement unless you are joining the volunteer days. Donating £120 a year does entitle you to one booking of the roundhouse space but that this will depend on what days and times are available.
Can I cancel my membership at any time?
Yes, just drop us an email. However if you are donating £10 per month and want to redeem your perk of a free roundhouse booking but have cancelled your membership and have only been paying for a few months, then we may ask for extra payment to cover the cost of your roundhouse booking. We understand that everyone has been impacted by the current situation in different ways. If you can continue donating regularly even at the lowest level, it does make a big difference on how far we can plan ahead.
Where does my donation go?
If you are donating £3/£5 a month - your donation goes towards the running of the four members events we will be hosting throughout the year and our yearly AGM style event. The rest of your donation goes towards your perk like the roundhouse booking. Anything left over helps us cover overheads, time coordinating the membership scheme and goes directly back into the project.
Can I pay a one off yearly donation?
Yes, one off yearly donations are great! If you want to donate £10 per month (£120 per year) and redeem your roundhouse booking then a yearly donation is great and there is already an option above. You will still need to schedule your booking for the roundhouse with the core team. If you want to pay a yearly donation at another price then just email us.