Changing Places are campaigning to have accessible toilets fitted in all big public places. These particular toilets are bigger than the more common accessible toilets around at the moment and have more specialised equipment to make it easier for people with profound learning difficulties to use the toilet or be changed by their carers. The toilets are bigger, contain an adjustable changing bench, provide hoists, have a non-slip floor and provide a more suitable bathroom environment than the standard accessible toilets in terms of the health and safety of both the person with the impairment and their carers, and in terms of removing the disability caused when people with the impairment are not able to participate in their local community due to the lack of suitable toilet/changing facilities.
I am currently in the process of writing a letter to my local councillors and my local Liverpool Riverside MP, Louise Ellman, to ask about any plans for the council to install one or more Changing Places bathrooms within Liverpool in time for the 2008 European City of Culture celebrations that will soon be taking place within the city. With the amount of investment being injected into the area, I feel there should be several installed as a matter of course (and am disgusted that there aren’t already), and will be saying this within the letter. I will also be asking Louise Ellman to sign the Changing Places Early Day Motion. I’ll post the letter up on here when it’s written, along with any replies received.
Anyone else from Liverpool or beyond interested in finding out if there is one near you, or in writing to your councillors/MP to lobby for the installation of one then you should check out this link from the Changing Places website.