About Us

Voluntary Action Harrow Co-operative work with the voluntary and community sector providing information, training and guidance.

Based in Harrow, we are a not-for-profit co-operative owned by our workers. We are all local residents of Harrow with in-depth knowledge of the local area and of who’s doing what. Our members collectively have over 35 years’ experience in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, specialising in capacity building in a variety of different organisational development areas.

We’ve worked with a diverse range of local organisations, from small community groups, to regional and international charities. We also run, manage and co-ordinate projects, working with local people and groups to help them make a difference in their local community.

Name: Voluntary Action Harrow Limited

Trading Name: Voluntary Action Harrow Co-operative (VAHC) [VAHCo-op]

Logo: .png or .jpeg

Slogan: Helping You Achieve

Established: 2011

Vision: The local voluntary & community sector has the skills, resources and support to achieve their objectives.

Mission and Purpose: To develop a strong, independent, purposeful and unified not-for-profit sector in Harrow, and support the growth of a successful co-operative movement in West London, by providing information, training and guidance.

What We Do: We work with the voluntary and community sector providing information, training and guidance to help them achieve their objectives. Find out more about what we do – ‘In a Nutshell’ – here.

Legal Form: Company Limited by Guarantee (No. 7554530)

Organisation Type: Non-Profit Organisation. A business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.

Organisation Structure: Non-Profit Workers’ Co-operative. A workers co-operative is a business owned and democratically controlled by their employee members using co-operative principles. They are an attractive and increasingly relevant alternative to traditional investor owned models of enterprise.

Values: Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.

Principles:

Seven International Co-operative Principles

  • 1st Principle: Voluntary and Open Membership
  • 2nd Principle: Democratic Member Control
  • 3rd Principle: Member Economic Participation
  • 4th Principle: Autonomy and Independence
  • 5th Principle: Education, Training and Information
  • 6th Principle: Co-operation among Co-operatives
  • 7th Principle: Concern for Community