* As our members are aware, IA’s National Executive Committee is offering new contracts / constitutions to local member organisations, such as ourselves, of either branch or affiliate status.
* So, where does all that leave Swindon IA? Swindon IA is in a unique position in that our current constitution states that our beneficiaries in our constitution’s objects clause are ‘ostomists’ rather than just 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 by IA are:
1/ Branch status, were we effectively hand over the responsibility of running Swindon IA to the national body by dissolving our local charity, thereby 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 have been advised by the Charity Commission they would not usually consent to a charity narrowing its objects, which is what our national body is currently insisting upon.
* We have informed the national body of the Commission’s response to our request for advice and await their response.
Our first informal ‘Cuppa and a Chat’ meeting took place on Friday, 5 October in the community space at the Tesco Extra Supermarket, Ocotal Way, here in Swindon. As it was the first meeting, we didn’t know how many people would attend - if any! In the event, we were delighted with the response from members and friends and enjoyable time was had by all.
Our thanks to committee members Ivor & Jane, who are organising these events.
Our thanks also to Tesco for the use of their community space room free of charge.
Details of future ‘Cuppa and a Chats’ can be found here on our meetings and events page - and also on our Face Book pages.