The last 9 months have put many activities on hold. Here at Mountain Aid we have taken advantage of the hiatus in our normal activities to look at our own structure and whether or not it is still appropriate for this day and age.
Until now, although a registered charity, Mountain Aid has been an unincorporated association. Times change and, after much research and discussion, the trustees / committee of Mountain Aid have agreed that it would be more appropriate for us to become a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation). We are pleased to be able to tell our supporters that this process is now underway.
What will it mean for you, our supporters? Very little. Probably the only difference you will notice is that our charity registration number will change and there may be a minor amendment to our legal name.
What will it mean for our committee / trustees? Quite a lot. Mountain Aid will have a legal personality of its own and our trustees will have limited liability. Currently the trustees have full liability for the organisation which is not an ideal set up these days.
The assets of the old charity will be transferred to the new charity so all the money you have raised for us in the past will still be available to the new charity.
So, whilst we are currently restricted in our activities, we are putting the time to good use to make these important changes to our organisation. We expect to be in a position to relaunch Mountain Aid as a SCIO in the summer. Hopefully, this will coincide with us also being able to recommence our training course and safety talks programme.
If you have any questions or would like more information about us converting to a SCIO please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.