Changing Places, Changing Lives

July 22, 2020

Over a 1/4 million people need Changing Places toilets to enable them to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted.

The new YMCA Humber project in Freeman Street will be incorporating a Changing Places toilet into the scheme as  people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well other disabilities that severely limit mobility, cannot use standard accessible toilets.

This has been part of the scheme from the initial planning stage, which now puts YMCA Humber ahead of the curve as the Government announced this week that these facilities will be compulsory for new buildings in the future.

Changing Places toilets are designed to meet the needs of people with complex care needs. Standard accessible toilets (or “disabled toilets”) do not provide changing benches or hoists and most are too small to accommodate more than one person. Without Changing Places toilets, the person with disabilities is put at risk, and families are forced to risk their own health and safety by changing their loved one on a toilet floor.

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.

“We are delighted to demonstrate our commitment to improving the customer experience at our new community facilities and ensure they meet the needs of an all inclusive society. We strive to ensure everyone connected to YMCA Humber feels they are welcome. The installation of the Changing Places toilet is testament to this commitment”, stated Debbie Cook, Chief Exec, YMCA Humber. 

“Providing these toilets in public places will make a dramatic difference to the lives of people who desperately need these facilities. Sometimes you just need to change one thing to open up a world of possibility…”.



Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/changing-places-toilets-for-severely-disabled-people-to-be-compulsory-in-new-public-buildings