My time at PAMIS started in September 1994 when I became the Administrator working with James Hogg and Loretto Lambe, the founders of PAMIS, who had recently moved to Dundee University from Manchester.
I heard about the charity because it was ‘housed’ in the Social Work Department of the University where I was working at the time. Within the first month or two there was a total of five staff –three based in Dundee, one Co-ordinator in Glasgow and one in the Highland region.
I took to the job like a duck to water – it was so totally different from all the secretarial jobs I had had previously, mostly because I was learning something new almost every day – I knew nothing about the world of disability when I joined PAMIS and didn’t know anyone with a disability, so it was a steep learning curve for me, and one which I found extremely rewarding. PAMIS is an invaluable source of information for parents and carers of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
But nowadays, as PAMIS has grown (there are presently 21 members of staff) my role is purely finance, ie keeping track of the income and expenditure on all the different PAMIS projects, preparing and monitoring budgets, dealing with HR issues and other office admin.