Voluntary Action Harrow Co-operative works with the local community to ensure they have the skills, resources and support to achieve their objectives.
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 C.I.C
Trading Name: Voluntary Action Harrow Co-operative (VAHC) [VAHCo-op]
Slogan: Helping You Achieve
Vision: The local community has the skills, resources and support to achieve their objectives.
Mission and Purpose: To develop the local not-for-profit sector, enhance community action and grow the co-operative movement by providing information, training and guidance.
What We Do: We work with the local community providing information, training and guidance to help them achieve their objectives. Find out more about what we do for individuals, non-for-profits, and businesses – here.
Legal Form: Community Interest Company (No. 7554530) [Company Limited By Guarantee]
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.
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