Our active members

Active members are the backbone of True Food. Without them we would not exist.

Members are encouraged to join in actively running and influencing the business in practical ways. Our active members have a high level of engagement with our paid staff and so develop a better understanding of how the business is run. Active members also have greater contact with True Food's customers and other members, helping to build the True Food community. It's about being a part of something important and special.

How do I become an active member of True Food Co-op?

To join True Food as a member you will need to pay an annual subscription of £5 every January. This entitles you to:

  • Be a co-owner of True Food
  • Influence how True Food is run and developed
  • Actively help to run True Food, gaining generous discounts on shopping!

We encourage members to seek practical ways of supporting our co-op as helpers. Help is needed in the shop, serving on the committee or project group, or by doing one of the many jobs behind the scenes, from washing aprons to developing our IT.

You can volunteer to help through our Get Involved area or by emailing helperadmin@truefood.coop.

If you actively help for three or more hours a month you will be entitled to a very generous discount (generally 12.5%) the following month.

On becoming a member you will receive a welcome pack, an invite to one of our Welcome Sessions and a members' area log-in by email for our website.

Welcome Sessions

Please do come to one of our welcome sessions for new and old members who have not volunteered before and would like to get involved. 

Our next welcome sessions will take place at True Food, 61 Grove Road, Emmer Green, Reading RG4 8LJ on the following dates/times:

Thursday 14 September 2017, 2 - 3pm
Saturday 23 September 2017, 11am - 12pm


Sarah Timmons-Gregory, a long-standing active member, will host these two informal Welcome Sessions designed to explain why True Food is different and how active members can guarantee its success.

You'll learn about the history of True Food and cooperatives in general, watch our video and get a tour of the shop. It's a great opportunity to ask questions and meet other like-minded people over coffee, tea and biscuits.

To book your place email Sarah at sarah.timmins.degregory@gmail.com.

Our constitution

Our constitution defines what True Food does and how it is run.