Guest Blog: The Pamiloo - IncLOOsion on the move!
PAMIS are incredibly excited about this year’s Disabled Access Day as we are a charity who are passionate about accessibility and this year there is a strong focus on Changing Places toilets – another passion of ours!
PAMIS founded the campaign for Changing Places toilets in 2003 as the lack of suitable toilets is the biggest barrier for so many of the families we support. There are at least ¼ million people in the UK who need Changing Places toilets to get out and about and enjoy the day to day activities many of us take for granted. You can find out more about these toilets on the Disabled Access Day website or the Changing Places website: http://www.changing-places.org/
PAMIS is the only organisation in Scotland that works solely with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their families so they can lead better lives. The Changing Places campaign is close to the hearts of many of the people we support as they are unable to attend events or visit outdoor venues due to the lack of Changing Places toilets. While many venues offer accessible toilets these are not suitable for everyone.
PAMIS fundraised to purchase a vehicle which was specially adapted to include a changing bench and hoist as well as a toilet and accessible access ramp. The vehicle is called the Pamiloo and has been life changing for the families we support, allowing them to attend events and visit places they otherwise could not.
You may have seen the Pamiloo out and about on her travels around Scotland supporting partner events such as Youth Beatz festival, a signature event for the Year of the Young People 2018, the Kiltwalk Dundee, Glasgow Taxi Outing to Troon beach, Falkirk Fireworks event, Biker’s Cove Fun Day and many more.
We are really keen to recruit volunteers to help us with the Pamiloo. If you are an organisation who offers volunteering opportunities to your employees we would be delighted to hear from you. If you have some free time and would like to help promote inclusion and accessibility by assisting with the Pamiloo at a PAMIS event then please get in touch.
To find out where the Pamiloo will be in the coming months, follow the vehicle on twitter at @Pamiloocp and Facebook for updates. https://www.facebook.com/pamilooCP/.
If you are a venue looking to find out more about holding an event which is fully accessible then get in touch with us here at PAMIS and we can point you in the right direction and offer advice. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01382 385154.