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July 19th 2016 marks 10 years since the Changing Places campaign was officially launched! They thought this was a great opportunity to celebrate all that the campaign has achieved and help raise more awareness of the life changing difference Changing Places toilets make to peoples lives.
Since 2006 the Changing Places Consortium has been campaigning for fully accessible toilets across the country. Why? Because no one should have to lie on the floor of a public toilet to be changed by their family or carer. It’s dangerous, unhygienic and undignified.
Now, almost 860 Changing Places toilets have been installed across the country. Thousands of people now have access to facilities that keep them safe and comfortable when using the loo.
There are various ways you can get involved with the celebrations. By downloading the leaflet (click here) you can view information about the work they do and how they improve the lives of people with disabilities. You can snap a CPselfie! Take a photo of yourself in or near a Changing Places toilet or holding a sign about Changing Places. If you want to go further, why not print off Alison’s amazing CPselfie kit! You can challenge friends and family to do one too. They will be using all the photos for something special on the 19th. Also, you could print off some Changing Places bunting or flags (or CPselfie kits!) and host a birthday party for the campaign with your friends and family. The company have drafted a press release that you can send to local radio or newspapers, asking them to raise awareness of Changing Places.
Their campaigners are also taking part in some activities for the anniversary including: a run between 4 Changing Places toilets by Mike LeSurf in London. Consortium member, CAE, invites you to a celebration event on Tuesday 19th July at the Barbican Cinema! Accessible Derbyshire are holding a 23k race on two Boma7 all-terrain wheelchairs from Cromford to the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield. Sarah Mitchell, supporter and campaigner who runs the Changing Places Facebook Page, has also come up with a plan for the day and will be visiting 10 Changing Places to spread awareness of the facilities around Newcastle. Sarah and will be telling everyone she meets about Changing Places and posting news on the facebook page. Dawn Fidler, founder of the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity, will be supporting the first Changing Places Awareness Day by holding a party inside a Changing Places toilet in Manchester!
If you are doing anything to celebrate the occasion, Changing Places would love to hear about it!
Call 020 7696 6019