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PAMIS – The Pamiloo

Written on: 17th October, 2017. Written by: James Davidson.

PAMIS (Promoting A More Inclusive Society) is the leading Scottish charity for the Changing Places Toilet Campaign. There are an increasing number of people who require this facility  – a twelve square metre room with specialist equipment such as a tracking hoist, an adjustable height changing bench and a peninsular toilet. PAMIS have been campaigning for over 10 years for this facility and although over the past 2 years there has been a sharper increase there are still only 160 across Scotland. This means that many people who require this facility in order to meet their personal care needs are being excluded from the places and things they want to do; or that they are changed on a dirty toilet floor or in the back of the car.

PAMIS support families and people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and provide a range of activities and family support. Finding suitable venues with changing places toilets to run family fun days and holiday clubs has been a constant challenge. So they purchased the first mobile changing place toilet in Scotland in time for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Pamiloo has also supported family days at the pony access events at beaches and country parks across Scotland; been available at conferences and the Scottish Independent Living Show; supported PAMIS fun days as well as supporting other charities to host inclusive for all events. Next June, Pamiloo is proud to be supporting a young lady to attend her 6th year prom.

The vehicle is also raising awareness of the need for the resource. The most recent visit was to the Western Isles, meeting with local groups, families and MSPs highlighting the equipment required and supporting discussion regarding funding.

Pamiloo activity can be followed on Facebook and Twitter @pamiloocp. Although available for events via PAMIS, commercial hiring is through info@mobiloo.org.uk

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