We often get asked how Eco Communities works. The quick answer is: all proceeds go towards the local community. The complex answer requires a diagram.
Eco Communities is a social enterprise group which aims to further local community, education and preserving the environment.
Eco Communities implements this aim concretely by managing and providing community services in Eco Spaces venues located in South East London Lewisham and Bexley. Eco Spaces venues are buildings which are and have been used for community purposes that would otherwise have been closed down.
Most of these Eco Spaces venues include libraries. This part of the Eco Spaces venues is Eco Library, which focuses on library services provided by volunteers but whose stock and lending system is managed and provided by the local library services of Lewisham and Bexley.
The Eco Spaces venues which are not libraries are still community spaces in some capacity and fall under the general Eco Spaces umbrella, often used for Eco Learning training courses and soon to include Eco Services, both of which also often take place in Eco Library venues.
Eco Learning is a charity which provides training for people of low income backgrounds, especially those trying to get (back) into the job market and is registered separate from Eco Communities, hence the dotted line within the diagram. However, it is intrinsically interlinked with the rest of the Eco Communities organisations.
Eco Perks is a reward system which encourages community members to re-use and get involved by giving points for donations that can be spent an in Eco Spaces (community rental), Eco Cafe (on site prepared beverages), Eco Bookshop, and Eco Computers.