Glasgow Central MP, Alison Thewliss, is backing an equality and diversity drive by leading stoma care, fashionable underwear specialist, Vanilla Blush, for better understanding of the needs of stoma users in the workplace and in everyday life. 

And the SNP MP says that could include raising awareness of the issues invovled in her own workplace, the House of Commons. 

Alison met Vanilla Blush founder and chief executive, Nicola Dames, on Friday 27 October, when she visited the company's Bridgeton showroom and offices. After chatting to Nicola and her staff, and inspecting the company's products at first hand, she pledged to do all she can to help raise public awareness of stoma care needs. 

Nicola Dames, who herself has a stoma, said: "We had a very productive chat about the needs of people with stomas. this can include employers knowing that employees with stomas may need longer toilet breaks, while, people, generally need to be aware that stoma users may need occasional access to disabled toilets, despite the fact that they don't fit the popular image of who may use a disabled toilet." 

Alison Thewliss said: "I was able to learn a great deal from Nicola about the excellent work that Vanilla Blush does in meeting the needs of stoma care patients both here and internationally, and I am delighted to play my part in raising awareness. 

"I will be raising the matter with the Speaker of the House of Commons to see if the Hosue can become a stoma-friendly workplace, as it's importnt that, as MPs, we provide a lead in this important area which is an often hidden everyday reality for thousands of people thoughout the country." 

(Article and photo by Hugh Dougherty)