Changing Places offer vital toilet facilities

Back in 2011 ECL The Care and Wellbeing Company (formerly known as Essex Cares) installed and handed over 10 Changing Places across various Essex location.

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The project aimed to provide a changing facility to allow children and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as other serious impairments such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury, to use the toilets comfortably. Changing Places are accessible toilets which also hold additional equipment such as hoists and adult-sized changing benches, as well as enough room for a disabled person and a carer. Thousands of people need the Changing Places toilets, helping them to enjoy the day to day activities many of us take for granted.

The Changing Place facility is equipped with a unique key locking system similar to the RADAR schemeto allow children and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities to use toilets comfortably.

At the time, one individual said said: “Having a Changing Places toilet in the town centre will mean that my wife and I will be able to take my daughter into the town, safe in the knowledge that we have somewhere to change her with dignity and respect and make our lives a little bit easier.“

Over 10 Changing Places were built and fitted at the following sites:

  • Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers
  • Castle Park, Colchester
  • Leisure World, Colchester
  • Lord Butler Leisure Centre, Saffron Walden
  • Great Dunmow Leisure Centre, Great Dunmow
  • Promenade Park, Maldon
  • The Brentwood Centre,Brentwood
  • Brentwood Town Centre
  • Harlow Bus Station
  • Market Road, Chelmsford
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