It’s a basic human need – but getting to the loo sadly isn’t as accessible as it should be. Which is where Changing Places come in
Today is National Changing Places Awareness Day – a day to help raise the profile of Changing Places toilet facilities across the UK,
Since 2006, the Changing Places Consortium has been campaigning for fully accessible toilets to support the rights of people with a range of disabilities, from learning disabilities to physical, giving them a better chance at being part of their local community. Standard accessible loos don’t meet the needs of everyone, and can lead to unhygienic and stressful trips out – every day, thousands of people either have to stay at home or face being changed on a dirty public toilet floor.
Changing Places toilets are becoming more and more prominent across the country, offering a heigh-adjustable changing bench, overhead track or mobile hoist, peninsular toilet and enough space for up to two carers. Today, there are over 840 Changing Places toilets in the UK.
Today, the Changing Places Consortium are celebrating 10 years of Changing Places by asking the public to share how access to these facilities has made their life better with some fun social media campaigns.
The Consortium has launched a new online map to help people find their nearest Changing Places toilet – you can find it at changingplaces.uktoiletmap.org. Share your nearest destination, and show others where to find theirs on social media with the hashtag #howfarwouldyougo.
With it being the 10th anniversary of the campaign, the Changing Places Consortium are asking members of the public to locate their nearest loo and post for a Changing Places selfie to share on social media – and show others how life changing these facilities can be. Share yours with #incLOOsion, and search for others celebrating too! You can download a selfie kit online now by following this link.
Rossanna Trudgian, co-chair of the Changing Places Consortium said: “It is fantastic to see more and more Changing Places toilets being installed across the UK as we celebrate 10 years of campaigning. However, there are still many large public places across the UK that lack Changing Places toilets and therefore deny people’s rights. With the help of our fantastic campaigners, and our campaign sponsors Aveso, we will continue to fight to make sure every single one of the ¼ million people in the UK who require a Changing Places toilet, can access one.”
Find out more about Changing Places at www.changing-places.org.