At the end of 2016, Remembering Srebrenica Scotland welcomed our Chairman Waqar and Director Amy to our Board Meeting. It was, however, no ordinary Board meeting – its purpose was to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This document is necessary when different Charity Commissions are involved.
Chair of Remembering Scotland, The Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood, said:
“Little did I think almost two years ago, that as a new Board we would have to consult a Charity Lawyer and one of our members John Corrigan would spend many hours on the phone to the Scottish Charity Commission or as it’s known in Scotland, OSCR. This was not a route we had planned to take but we were informed that legally we could not operate in Scotland without OSCR registration.”
There are three Charity Commissions in UK – The Charity Commission which regulates England and Wales, The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and the Office of the Charity Regulator (OSCR) for Scotland.
Dr Hood continued: “It has been a long process but complying with the legal requirements meant that we did not put Remembering Srebrenica in any fiscal or legal risk. I can only reiterate how pleased we are to have this completed and take up our full role in Srebrenica UK.”