Kettering & District IA
Kettering, Corby, Rothwell, Burton Latimer, Thrapston, Raunds, Higham Ferrers, Rushden, Irthlingborough, Wellingborough. If you hail from these towns and surrounding areas then we could be the group for you.
Currently we hold three meetings each year as well as arranging a midweek Summer day out and a midweek Christmas meal. All opportunities to chat to other IA members. We are trying to expand our social activities to provide a more inclusive atmosphere for both ileostomists and pouchies, young and old(er) alike. Check out the Events page for future dates.
Let any of the committee know if you have an idea for an event or want something specific organised. But be careful, you may just be volunteering to join the committee!
Online Membership,New members and Renewals
Because we hold an account with a building society and we charge a slightly lower annual subscriptionthan suggested nationallyonline membership application andrenewal is not suitable for members of Kettering and District IA. That is unless you don’t mind paying the higher amount.
We would like to add one or two people to our committee. At present we just need to expand numbers with no specific roles. However both Treasurer and Secretary have indicated that they would like to stand down from their roles over the next couple of years. Please contact any of the existing committee if you feel you could help the group out by joining us. The roles are not too demanding, expenses are covered. Please don’t wait to be invited. And you are welcome if you want to sit in on a meeting before deciding. Coffee and cake is provided.
Donations and Bequests
(please read before making a donation or drawing up a will)
Ifyou wish to make a donation via theVirgin Money Givinglinkon the leftplease make sure you specify which part of IA should receive the money.In the absence of instructions the money will go to the national IA charity. Please specify “Kettering IA” if you wish this group to receive your gift.
If you wish to leave a gift to IA in your will please ensure that the relevantclause makes reference to the charity registered number to avoid confusion. Kettering IA’s number is 1038326.
Please remember that if you are a taxpayer we will receive an extra 25%from the taxman if you complete a Gift Aid form,available from the Treasurer.
Want to Talk?
Whether a member or not, we have several males and females that are more than happy to chat with you, we listen and answer any questions you have, whether pre surgery or after. Our visiting co-ordinator is Jessie, she has had a stoma for over 50 years!
Contact details are on the Local contact page.
All will be at the Cornmarket Hall in Kettering and starting at 2pm. See the events pages for more details.
2013-14 We will be trying some alterations to the format and style of meetings.
In the UK many disabled toilets are locked to prevent indescriminate use. Keys can be obtained from RADAR at a cost of £4. Details can be found on the RADAR website at http://www.radar-shop.org.uk/Detail.aspx?id=0. You can also get a free radar key through your ostomy supplier.
In parts of Europe a similar scheme operates under the title EUROKEY. Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic operate the scheme. It is unclear what other countries do. Keys can be ordered by post or obtained in person from regional offices in Switzerland. The initial cost is approximately £20 but it would appear that if the key is returned within three months approximately £15 will be refunded. More informationat this website http://www.proinfirmis.ch/index.php?id=2670.
Though it would seem a complicated process for a short trip.
Midlands IA have produced a plastic card to help deal with situations where your use of a disabled toilet may be questioned, also useful when out and you need the toilet quickly, the card may sway retailers to help you by allowing you to use their staff toilet. Cards can be obtained free from our Secretary, Roy Presland (see Contacts page). They are a useful thing to have in your wallet or bag just in case you need some help in explaining your rights.
Join IA today
You can now join IA and enjoy all the benefits of membership just by completing a short online form, click here for further details