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Autism Initiatives appoint their first Isle of Man Trustee

Posted on 16th November 2018

Autism Initiatives have been providing care and support to people with autism on the Isle of Man since 2001. Since that time the service has grown from providing initially outreach support, to setting up seven adult residential homes, five supported living cottages, and an Adult Resource Centre.  The organisation is now delighted to have appointed its first ever Trustee from the island.

The Head of Service for Autism Initiatives on the Isle of Man, Paul Ormond-Smith stated: “I am really delighted to be able to welcome Marie Lambden to the Board of Trustees. Marie is a well-respected member of the local Manx community. She is already well known to the charity as she has a son with autism, which ensures that Marie knows first-hand many of the challenges which our service users and their families face on a daily basis. This is an exciting appointment and Marie’s background in Government and the Manx Parliament, plus her energy, commitment and enthusiasm to deliver quality services, will be an important factor in shaping the key objectives and the outcomes so necessary for the development of the people that we support.”

Whilst Marie’s role will ensure she has particular responsibility for the governance of our island services, her position is much wider than this and she will have legal responsibility, along with her fellow trustees, for ensuring a good standard of governance of all the charities services, across the Isle of Man, UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Commenting on her appointment, Marie Lambden said: "I am delighted to be able to give something back to such a great organisation as Autism Initiatives (AI). My late husband and I were instrumental in having the legislation changed on the island, for the introduction of AI (and indeed CAMHS) to come to the Isle of Man;  they have benefited so many lives of the people they support and their families. AI’s specialised understanding of autism, brings greater efficiencies and outcomes in care, whilst supporting people’s health and well-being. The precision of their comprehensive experience, provides an added value in services across the full spectrum, which results in huge advantages for the condition of individuals. I have observed first-hand on many occasions the dedicated staff support and strategies used to promote and develop independence and freedom of choice. The staff are also committed to encouraging life-long learning, so that the people they support can enjoy their life to the full."