1,000th Changing Places facility opens in Retford

An example of a Changing Places facility – Clos-o-Mat’s installation at Square Chapel

A new Changing Places facility has opened in Retford two years after a campaign began to install the accessible toilet and is the 1,000 to be registered.

The facility, which cost £70,000 includes a ceiling hoist, height-adjustable changing bench and height-adjustable wash basin. It also has enough room for carers to assist a user.

The project gained momentum after a local mother of a disabled child complained about standard disabled toilets and having to change him on the floor.

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Fundraising and charitable donations led to the installation of the toilets, which took six months to build.

Speaking to Lincolnshire Live, chief campaigner, Alison Beevers, said: “We are delighted that Retford now has a Changing Places facility that will very much enhance people’s lives and make visiting the town much easier.

“Because standard disabled toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability or the elderly, as well as their carers and families, Changing Places toilets are vital in town centres, cities, hospitals and tourist hubs.

“The need in Retford is very real as people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, physical disabilities as well as other serious impairments such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury, often need extra support to allow them to use the toilets comfortably.

“As such, Changing Places are different to standard disabled toilets providing more space for one or more carers and extra assistive equipment.”

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