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People with profound and multiple learning disabilities or with physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis often need extra equipment and space to allow them to use toilets safely and comfortably.
Changing Places Toilets enable anyone, regardless of their disability, to go to the shops, attend hospital appointments, enjoy community life, socialise and travel…
The Changing Places campaign is a government-supported vision which provides high specification changing and toileting areas for the disabled community.
However, the reality is that over a quarter of a million people in the UK are unable to exercise this right due to a distinct lack of accessible toilet facilities.
Statutory guidance from the government is provided in the Approved Document M to ensure that everyone is able to access public spaces and use their facilitates. In July 2020 the government announced that from January 2021, Changing Places facilities are mandatory in all new public buildings within certain parameters.
Users, their families, and carers would like to see future provision in areas enabling them to ‘have a day out’ and undertake more recreational activities with dignity, confidence, and freedom. The top three locations where these facilities should be made available are country parks & open spaces, tourist attractions, and transport networks – the journey to the destination being a key factor in planning a day out.
In July 2021, applications for £30 Million funding for Changing Places toilets opened. Two further application windows have opened in 2022.
The second, and final, round of government funding for the installation of Changing Places toilets is open for applications from local authorities in England. Local Authorities have until 30th September to submit their expressions of interest and opt-in to receive funding.
Each Changing Places toilet is required to provide the following:
Watch our guided walkthrough of the Changing Places project we completed at the Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading.
The video shows the compliance requirements of a Changing Places facility. We also share some useful tips and tricks, to assist in making the space more practical and safe.
Care Spaces is completely committed to the Changing Places initiative, and we are proud to say that we have delivered hundreds of these facilities throughout the UK.
In 2019 we were proud to be involved in the completion of what was to be the 1,000th Changing Place in the UK!
We aim to provide a quotation within four/five working days, subject to design drawings being provided. In the absence of detailed design, the timeframe will change depending on how much time needs to be spent drawing up the project for you. If full design detail is provided, we can produce a Changing Places quotation within 48 working hours.
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See if we have recently installed a Changing Places facility near you
We recently installed a Changing Places facility at The Porchester Centre in Bayswater.
We were very proud to install a fully accessible hygiene room for the college students
We assisted the main contractor in the design, guidance and delivery of this Changing Places in Brandon, Suffolk.