Posted 12:38PM on Monday 05 September 2016
People with a learning disability, acquired brain injury or autistic spectrum condition south of the border will now have the support of Positive Futures, after we were approved as a charity in the Republic.
Positive Futures in Ireland will operate as a separate organisation with its own Board of Trustees, but in the words of our Chief Executive, Agnes Lunny, the two charities “will be joined at the head and the heart.”
Agnes said: “Since we were first established in Northern Ireland in 1995 we have always had a dream to work across the whole island of Ireland. I am so pleased
that this is now possible with Positive Futures now being both a Charity
and Company Limited by Guarantee in both parts of the island.”
Although we registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee in Ireland in August 2015 it has taken a year to complete the process of approval as a charity.
In terms of supporting people with a learning or intellectual disability, acquired
brain injury or autistic spectrum condition, Positive Futures on both sides of the border will have the same vision and passion to make a lasting change to people’s lives, through direct support and lobbying to ensure that decision–makers recognise their needs.
Agnes Lunny, who will be joint Chief Executive, added: “We have a really good Board of Trustees set up for Positive Futures in Ireland and Paul Roberts, our former Managing Director in Northern Ireland, will now run our operations south of the border. Paul was involved in setting up pretty much all of Positive Futures services in Northern Ireland and I know he is relishing the prospect of establishing our presence in the Republic.”
Positive Futures in Ireland will have its own website at www.positive–futures.ie.