Purpose and Objectives

  1. The purpose of the Society is to carry on business for the benefit of the community.
  2. The Objects of the Society are to carry on business for the benefit of the community by:
  • Advancing health and saving lives
  • Advancing citizenship and community development
  • Providing relief to those in need because of their youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantages

And the Society will achieve this through:

  • increasing participation in physical activity and exercise;
  • providing, or assisting in the provision of, recreation and other leisure time occupations in the interests of social welfare;
  • reducing health inequalities associated with long-term physical and mental health conditions;
  • building social cohesion and increasing community capacity, in particular by increasing participation by under-represented groups, such as ethnic minorities and families in poverty;
  • bringing community assets and open spaces into public use and promoting investment in environmental improvement;
  • facilitating more active travel through non-motorised means;
  • carrying out research and strategic policy development for public health and wellbeing; and
  • engaging in any activities which in the reasonable opinion of the Board are conducive, ancillary or incidental to any of the above.

Vision, Values and Co-operative Principles

Our values are drawn from our direct practical experience of work to improve wellbeing, supported by a range of theories and perspectives focused on community and system level change.

We are a co-operative organisation, and the values of cooperation are embedded in all that we do.

Our values fall under three headings:

  1. Open mind: Innovative, Influential, Entrepreneurial/Opportunity aware, Grounded, Networked, Thought leaders.
  2. Open heart: Collaborative, Demonstrating integrity, Inclusive, Honest, Passionate about making a difference.
  3. Open will: Activist/Curious/Courageous, Empathic, Sustainable, Evidenced, Solution orientated, Co-creation and production.

These values form the core of our annual appraisal for staff and are embedded in our planning processes, our performance framework, and the way we work throughout our delivery.

TAWS, whilst a charitable Community Benefit Society rather than co-operative, seeks to abide by and operate accordingly to the internationally agreed principles of co-operation. The Co-op Principles are:

  • Voluntary Membership
  • Democratic Member Control
  • Autonomy and Independence
  • Education, Training and Information
  • Co-operation among Co-operatives
  • Concern for the Community