Clare Keenlyside

How did you first hear about/get involved with PAMIS?
An internship opportunity came up at PAMIS, which I heard about while still working at Dundee and Angus College. The internship was based around helping to promote Changing Places Toilets. I applied for the internship and started at PAMIS in this role in February 2015, and loved it. I then started in my current role as an administration assistant in September 2015.

What inspired you to work with PAMIS?
Before I started I had not heard of PAMIS before, and had never considered the challenges that someone with a profound learning disability faces on a day-to-day basis. Through my work, I have been able to meet the people we support. This has shown me the great impact that this charity’s work has on their lives, and also how they and their families cope with the challenges they face.

What is your role?
I provide administration support for all the five offices PAMIS has from the Head Office in Dundee, and help out with other PAMIS projects as and when needed.

What are your areas of expertise?
Most of my work centres on data management, by using Microsoft Office Access and Excel to manage PAMIS client and professional databases for all PAMIS offices. I also have a key role in contacting families about PAMIS events. I have also had the great opportunity to work on digital passports with families.

What does working at PAMIS mean to you?
Working at PAMIS means I am surrounded by inspirational people on a daily basis, whether it is the charity staff, parents, or the people we support themselves.

Why do you think it’s important for people to know about PAMIS and the services they provide?
Before PAMIS started, there were no organisations working specifically with people with profound learning disabilities, and as a group these people remained quite unknown to the wider community. Through the work that PAMIS does, the wider community is now able to work with people with PMLD and discover the contribution they make to the lives of people around them.

What is your motto, or favourite quote?
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Ghandi