Ten Quick Facts

Ten quick facts...

about Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA)

IWA is a national organisation founded in 1960, dedicated to the achievement of full social, economic and educational inclusion and integration of people with physical disabilities as equal, independent and participative members of their communities and society.

IWA is one of Ireland’s leading social enterprises and representative organisations providing services and support to over 20,000 members nationwide. IWA has 2,000 registered volunteers and 2,221 staff. The Association provides over 2 million hours of service annually to people with disabilities in their homes and communities throughout Ireland.

Fact 1.

Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee with charitable status and not having a share capital (Registered Charity No CHY 5393).

Fact 2.

The Association is wholly owned by its 20,000 members - people with disabilities and others with impaired mobility, as well as family members, friends and volunteers.

Fact 3.

IWA operates to the highest professional standards of governance, transparency and accountability. All financial and company information is published in our Annual Report and Audited Financial Accounts which are available on the IWA website www.iwa.ie (http://www.iwa.ie/about/company-information). Full audited accounts to SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice) standard are posted directly to all 20,000 members annually.

Fact 4.

The IWA Board of Directors is made up of 16 volunteer Directors. As a registered charity and in accordance with the Articles of Association, Board members are not entitled to any remuneration for acting as a member of the Board. A requirement in the Memorandum and Articles of Association is that at least one third of the Board must be people with physical disabilities or others with mobility impairment.

Fact 5.

IWA holds an AGM and Conference annually to which all members are invited. Every member is entitled to table motions and vote in the election of the Board of Directors. If unable to attend the event all members are entitled to a postal vote.

Fact 6.

The Board is supported in its work by an audit committee which meets quarterly, liaises with the internal and external auditors; and oversees all finance related issues. IWA is also subject to conditions set out in Service Level Arrangements with HSE and other funders.

Fact 7.

As a company limited by guarantee (Company No: 352483) and an Irish registered charity, IWA is fully compliant with the requirements of both company law and relevant tax legislation.

Fact 8.

IWA has voluntarily adopted the Statement of Guiding Principles for fundraising and the ‘Governance Code’, a voluntary code of practice for good governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable organisations in Ireland.

Fact 9.

All IWA Staff including the CEO and Senior Management Team are paid in compliance with Department of Health, Public Service and Health Service Executive (HSE) guidelines in relation to salary scales and rates of pay. No additional payments are made to any member of staff.

Fact 10.

All funds raised through IWA fundraising initiatives are immediately invested into essential services which IWA provides to people with physical disabilities and other mobility impairments in their own homes and communities.