IA’s National Executive Committee is offering new contracts to member organisations such as ourselves of either branch or affiliate status. So, where does all that leave Swindon IA?
Well, at the present we are being “encouraged” to choose an option without delay. However, Swindon is in a unique position in that our current constitution states that our beneficiaries are ‘ostomists’ rather than solely ileostomists. With the support of members, we applied to the Charity Commission in 1996 for this amendment, which was granted as it better reflected our membership - both then and now.
The three options currently being offered to us are:
1/ Branch status, were we effectively hand over the responsibility of running Swindon IA to the national body, surrendering our autonomous charity status.
2/ Affiliated status. Although retaining autonomous charity status there would be severe restrictions and more central control.
3/ Leave the IA network and continue as a local ostomy patient support group charity.
Our current position is that we are awaiting guidance from the Charity Commissioners on the matter.