Kathy Lyles

How did you first hear about/get involved with PAMIS?
I heard about PAMIS at a course that I attended at Moray House in Edinburgh when I was still teaching. The course was for working with young children with visual impairment and we were shown how we could make sensory stories for our pupils. This looked like a good idea but would take a lot of preparation time. In one of the handouts from the course PAMIS was listed . I contacted PAMIS and was able to borrow a selection of the sensory stories which the children I worked with loved. These children had a variety of disabilities but they all liked the stories which were very suited to their learning.

When I retired a couple of years later I phoned Julie to see if I could be of any help with these stories and she phoned me in 2011 to see if I would help maintain these stories.

What inspired you to work with PAMIS?
I was interested in helping out with these stories after I saw how relevant and enjoyable they were for the nursery children I worked with.

What are your areas of expertise?
I am not an expert but enjoy making things.

What does working at PAMIS mean to you?
It is a wonderful organisation dedicated to supporting people with a variety of needs. They offer support to the families of people with these needs who are often ignored or forgotten.

What is a typical day for you? Day to day functions?
I help out for a morning every couple of weeks maintaining the sensory stories as I am needed.

Why do you think it’s important for people to know about PAMIS and the services they provide?
It is important for the general public to know about PAMIS because the people they help are a hidden minority who have a variety of of problems accessing services and every day activities that most of us take for granted. We all need to realise that people with disabilities such as those PAMIS seeks to support actually exist. For example most people have never considered that there is a need for changind places toilets.

What is your motto, or favourite quote?
Do as you would be done by.