Council develops new Changing Places facilities for people with disabilities in Cornwall
Last updated: 05/08/2010
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Cornwall Council has become one of the best
authorities in the country for providing changing place facilities
for people with disabilities in public buildings – thanks to an
innovative scheme which has involved a number of Council services
working in partnership with local businesses and organisations over
the past twelve months.
The Council’s Changing Places
scheme, which has been led by the Council’s Directorates of Adult
Care and Support and Children, School and Families, and its
Environment and Property services with grant funding from Aiming
High for Disabled Children, has been developed in response to the
national Changing Places campaign which highlights the need to
provide public toilets with extra features and more space to met
the needs of people with disabilities.
“People with profound and multiple learning
disabilities, as well as other serious impairments such as spinal
injuries, muscular dystrophy or multiple sclerosis often need extra
facilities to allow them to use the toilets comfortably” said
Armand Toms, the Council’s cabinet member for Adult Care and
Support. “Changing Places toilets are
different to standard disabled toilets and provide people with
disabilities with these extra facilities and additional space”.
“We have carried out extensive consultation
with parents and families of children with disabilities and with a
range of service users to find out what kind of facilities they
would like to see and are now rolling out a programme to provide
Changing Places facilities across Cornwall”.
Funding for the initiative has come from
Aiming High for Disabled Children, the national programme aimed at
improving the lives of disabled children and their families, which
has donated £110,000, with £32,000 coming from the Council’s
Directorate of Adult Care and Support and £20,000 from the
Council’s Environment Service.
Over the last twelve months the Council has
provided four new Changing Places facilities
across Cornwall. These are based in the Bread Street Gallery
and The Lescudjack children’s centre in Penzance, the Ships and
Castles Leisure Centre and the Falcare Centre in Falmouth.
Changing Places facilities
have also been developed at the Camel Trail toilets in Wadebridge,
and at the Priory Road car park in St Austell.
This new facility in St Austell will be
officially opened by Armand Toms, the Council’s Cabinet member for
Adult Care and Support, at 10.30 am on Thursday, 12 August.
Three more Changing Places
facilities are currently being developed in partnership with a
range of organisations, including the RNLI and The Eden
Project. These are due to be open by April 2011.
“The funding provided by Aiming Higher for
Disabled Children and the Council has enabled us to provide
facilities across Cornwall to ensure that our disabled population
can enjoy their local community and take part in broader range of
activities knowing that their personal hygiene needs can be met in
a dignified way” said Neil Burden, the Council’s Cabinet member for
“The development of these facilities, which
are also available to visitors, will also help us to promote
Cornwall as a welcoming place for people with
Kim Carey, the Council’s Director for Adult
Care and Support, is delighted with the success of the Council’s
Changing Places scheme. “Last year there
were no Changing Places facilities at all in
Cornwall” she said. “The development of these facilities
means that we will have seven Changing Places
toilets open to the public later this year - making us second in
the country for the number of facilities based on population”.
For more information about facilities for people with disabilities in Cornwall
please see our Disabilities page.
Story posted 5 August