Benefits of Joining Harrow Community Action (HCA)
HCA is a consortium of Harrow Voluntary & Community Sector Organisations with an aim to provide a structure for members to come together to jointly apply for funding.
Working as a consortium can be a way of:
- Sharing resources
- Increasing access to funding
- Sharing expertise
- Improve the quality of service
- Provide a more holistic service to beneficiaries
- Raise the profile of members
Who can become a member?
The consortium has three categories of membership:
- Community Member organisations that meet criteria 1 & 2.
- Associate member organisations that meet eligibility criteria 1-6 in full and have some elements of eligibility criteria 7-9 in place.
- Full member organisations that meet all the eligibility criteria in full and are procurement ready.
If you do not fulfill the requirements for membership you might be eligible to become a partner.
Prospective members must be a constituted not-for-profit organisation with:
- clear and transparent charitable objectives
- clear social objectives
2. Area of operation
Prospective members must be primarily operating in the London Borough of Harrow (our criteria is that 60% of activity must be in Harrow, if you don’t meet this criteria you may be eligible to be a partner). The organisation must be able to demonstrate:
- A track record of providing services to residents in specific localities in the area
- A clear, robust system of accountability to service users or local communities
- A registered office within the area of operation
3. Commitment to working with the vulnerable and disengaged
The consortium has a particular focus on providing services to the most vulnerable, marginalised and excluded individuals and communities. Prospective members must reflect this approach in their own day-to-day work.
Prospective members must be well governed, including systems for recruiting, supporting and developing board members; board members must be aware of their roles and responsibilities and execute their duties efficiently and diligently.
5. Commitment to consortium working
Prospective members must be willing to make a positive contribution to the consortium. This includes:
- Consistently supporting the work of the consortium, even in areas and aspects that are not directly relevant to the work of the individual organisation
- Commitment to participating actively in the governance requirements, and adhering to the consortium’s code of practice, ways of working and protocol
- Commitment to sharing expertise, knowledge and experience with other members
6. Provision of services to residents of the London Borough of Harrow
Prospective members must be able to provide services to residents of the London Borough of Harrow. Members, as well as providing services themselves, must be committed to using or purchasing services, where appropriate, from micro organisations within the local community and to building the local supply chain.
7. Financial Health
Prospective member organisations must be in sound financial health, so that the consortium can be assured that its sub-contractors are financially sustainable and have appropriate financial management systems in place to manage sub-contracts effectively.
8. Organisational policies
Prospective members must have a full raft of policies (e.g. Equal Opportunities, Health & Safety, etc) that it systematically implements and regularly reviews.
9. Technical capacity
Prospective members must have the technical capacity to hold, manage and deliver sub-contracts.
Click here to see a digital copy of Harrow Community Action’s Membership Prospectus [PDF]