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Oonagh Celebrates 30 years with Autism Initiatives

Posted on 11th April 2019

Starting in 1994, Oonagh Hilton is a pivotal member of the Autism Initiatives family. After 30 years of service she knows a thing or two about having a successful career ...

We spoke to Oonagh to find out what the secret is to a successful and long lasting career. 

When did you first start out with the charity we now know as Autism Initiatives?

“My journey with the organisation (originally LALAS) began in January 1994 as a Deputy Service Manager for a 52 week residential service for young people being supported with their education at Peterhouse School. Following a subsequent role as Service Manager I was successful in my application to join a new team aimed at providing additional autism practice support.” 

Do you think your job gives you the opportunity to support and improve the lives of others? 

“I have had the pleasure of working alongside many individuals supported through Autism Initiatives services over the years, from supporting them with their ‘life journey’, to working in partnership with support staff, colleagues throughout the departments of the organisation and multi-agency partners.”

Do you feel like Autism Initiatives have supported you throughout your successful career? 

“Yes, Autism Initiatives is committed to the personal growth of all staff and my own continuing professional development has been a measure of this.” 

And finally, do you have any particular memorable moments from the past 30 years at Autism Initiatives? 

“Three of the more ‘memorable challenges’ I recall have been to support awareness and fundraising. The first, a raft race on the marine lake – we sank! The second, an army assault course - where we were shouted at, as though we really wanted to enlist and finally to spend a night in a haunted house – I will never, ever, do that again!!” 

We want to thank Oonagh and all of our staff for their hard work and dedication.  You are our foundations, and without you we would be unable to support autistic people in the unique and individualised ways we do. 

We hope that through the promotion of over 70 staff members in the last twelve months alone and huge focus on personal development and training you can see how invested we are in our people. In addition to this we have now introduced long service awards for staff members who have been here 10, 20, or 30 years to recognise and reward this dedication and commitment.

Autism Initiatives invests in our people. Whether you work for us now, or are thinking about joining us in the future, we promise to work continuously to keep successful stories, like Oonagh’s, a regular occurrence.