Structure & Ownership
RARA is a cooperative – we are owned and run entirely by our members. This means all profit made by us goes back into improving our facilities and buying new kit. Nobody is extracting dividends or large salaries, we have been almost entirely volunteer run until very recently.
Our structure is based loosely around sociocratic principles. Decisions are made collectively at a monthly social gathering which all members are encouraged to attend. Everyone is encouraged to have their say on each topic and decisions are reached on a 'consent not consensus' basis.
We are completely autonomous and free from any outside funding. This means no grants from government, the local authority or arts bodies, we are funded entirely from our membership fees and from the work we do.
RARA is a member of Co-operatives UK. https://www.uk.coop/