Changing Places is a campaign for fully accessible toileting facilities for people who are unable to use a standard toilet, making venues of all types more accessible for all.
In the UK, there are 11.4 million disabled people who require accessible toilets and over 230,000 people who need the additional support which Changing Places toilets provide. This can be broken down as follows:
- 130,000 older people
- 40,000 people with profound learning disabilities
- 30,000 people with Cerebral Palsy
- 13,000 people with acquired brain injury
- 8,500 people with Multiple Sclerosis
- 8,000 people with Spina Bifida
- 500 people with Motor Neurone Disease
Changing Places useful guides and downloads
Changing Places facilities provide more space (12sqm2) and equipment than a DOC-M accessible toilet. This, therefore, provides adequate room for extra equipment such as a Ceiling Hoist, Changing Table, Washbasin, Peninsular Toilet etc. and allows space to accommodate carers to easily help the user.
Click on the interactive map to discover what makes up a Changing Places:
OpeMed is the official sponsor of the Changing Places Campaign, forming 1/2 of the joint venture ‘Aveso‘. We have sponsored the Changing Places Campaign as Aveso since 2013 and will be continuing our support.
With a country-wide team of experts in equipment, room layouts, CAD design and promotion; OpeMed offer clients the full turnkey specification for a Changing Places toilet.
There are now well over 1000 fully equipped Changing Places Toilets throughout the UK from Service Stations, to Airports and Leisure Centres.
To find your local Changing Places, the Changing Places consortium has created a useful map that allows you to locate registered Changing Places toilets and plan your journey.
Click below to find a Changing Places near you:
The Changing Places Campaign is very fortunate in having an increasingly growing network of passionate consortium members, campaigners and supporters.
Stretching UK wide; the Changing Places campaigners work tirelessly to educate and inform people including businesses and politicians of the importance of Changing Places facilities.
Find out about some of the key supporters here:
A Life-Changing Room
Thousands of people in the UK alone with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well other disabilities that severely limit mobility, cannot use standard accessible toilets.
Dangerous, Unhygienic and Undignified
Standard accessible toilets or “disabled toilets” do not provide changing benches or hoists and most are too small to accommodate more than one person such as family or a carer. Without Changing Places toilets, the person with disabilities is put at risk, and carers are forced to risk their own health and safety by changing their loved one on a toilet floor or other unsuitable and dangerous places.
Disabled People’s Rights
It is now accepted and expected that everyone has a right to live in the community, to move around within it and access all its facilities. Government policy promotes the idea of “community participation” and “active citizenship,” but for some people with disabilities the lack of a fully accessible toilet is denying them this right.
Changing Places Toilets: We Need More
By providing these specialist toilets in public places it would (and already does) make a dramatic difference to the lives of thousands of people who desperately need these facilities including both users and carers; demonstrating the importance of Changing Places. Although the campaign is growing dramatically in awareness, campaigners and installations there are still not enough Changing Places in the UK to enable every disabled user the freedom to plan any journey they desire in the knowledge that their needs are catered for.