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Changing places being installed at Welcome Break

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Date Posted: 24-03-2016

State-of-the-art assisted accessible toilets have been installed at a number of Welcome Break service stations, to ensure that anyone who would need the help of a carer to go to the toilet now has suitable facilities.

The Changing Places toilets have been installed by Changing Places at Membury, South Mimms, Hopwood and Gordano, Corley, Sarn Park, ensuring that these key facilities are available on as much of the motorway network as possible.

Changing Places toilets are a special facility for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and others who need additional support. They include a height-adjustable changing bench and ceiling tracking hoist, as well as additional space and a peninsular toilet with space for carers on either side. Standard accessible toilets do not provide changing benches or hoists and most are too small to accommodate more than one person.

Welcome Break commented: “As a company we feel that our facilities should be accessible for everyone. We want to be able to make life easier for carers and people who have severe disabilities.

These toilets make such a huge difference to people, and will help our customers go to the toilet comfortably and with dignity, which are small privileges that everyone deserves.”

Rossanna Trudgian, co-chair of the Changing Places Consortium, said; “It is fantastic to see Welcome Break installing Changing Places toilets. This shows growing recognition of the additional needs of visitors and everyone’s right to travel. 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, Aveso and companies such as Welcome Break we will continue to fight to make sure every single one of the million people in the UK who require a Changing Places toilet, can access one.”

The Changing Places consortium comprises Mencap, PAMIS, Centre for Accessible Environments, Nottingham City Council, Dumfries & Galloway Council, and the Scottish Government. The Changing Places campaign supports the rights of people with profound and multiple learning, and/or other physical disabilities, to access their community. Without Changing Places toilets, carers are forced to change their loved ones on toilet floors or have to stay at home. For information and advice on changing places facilities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland email,
ChangingPlaces@mencap.org.uk, for Scotland email, pamischangingplaces@dundee.ac.uk

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