Changing Places awareness day is an annual event happening on 19 July. The event celebrates the success of the campaigning to install Changing Places toilets. It will also continue to raise awareness about the importance of Changing Places toilets for the thousands of severely disabled people who need them. Read on to find out more about the campaign and how to get involved in Changing Places awareness day.
About Changing Places toilets
The Changing Places toilet campaign was launched in 2005. It was to campaign for specialist accessible toilets to be installed in public places, which includes an adult-sized, height adjustable changing table and ceiling hoist.
There is said to be a quarter of a million disabled people in the UK who require these facilities. Yet too often, because there aren’t enough of these facilities, severely disabled children and adults have to be changed on dirty toilet floors or stay at home.
There are currently 1,330 verified Changing Places toilets across the UK – but we need a lot more.
Consultation on Changing Places toilets
The Changing Places Consortium is calling for legislation to make it compulsory for every new, large public building to include a Changing Places facility. The Government is currently consulting on this, which is fantastic. But the Consortium needs to ensure proposals become reality and the voices of those who use Changing Places toilets are heard.
How to get involved in Changing Places awareness day 2019
Changing Places awareness day is on Friday 19 July and there are many ways you can get involved:
• Send Changing Places leaflets to places you think need a Changing Places toilet.
• Write a letter to your local councillor or MP.
• Send a letter to your local newspaper editor asking them to raise awareness of the campaign
• Share stories about people who need Changing Places toilets.
• Take a photo using the #CPselfie kit and share it online.
• Start a petition (online or offline) to get a Changing Places installed.
• Hold a public meeting to talk about the importance of Changing Places toilets.
• Respond to planning consultations asking them to include a Changing Places toilet.
• Tell as many people as you can about the Changing Places campaign!
By Emma Purcell
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