A branch of Asda has become the first retailer on the Isle of Wight to have installed a Changing Places room.
The supermarket’s own planning and construction team worked alongside Changing Places providers to ensure the smooth installation of facilities, including a changing bench, adjustable hoist and a specialist toilet, all within a secure environment with ample room for multiple carers.
The facility is accessible with radar key, a widely used system which aims to stop misuse of disabled toileting facilities. Online retailers of the keys have recently been criticised for allowing easy access to them, which allows for anyone to access and misuse such facilities.
The Changing Places Consortium launched its campaign in 2006 to improve disabled-friendly facilities around the UK. The consortium found that over a quarter of million people cannot currently access a standard public toilet. There are now over 1,000 registered facilities as of July this year.
Kenny Farrell, general store manager at Asda Newport Isle of Wight, said: “We’re proud that our store is among the first Island retailer to offer a Changing Places room to our customers.
“These rooms are a fantastic facility for those with physical and mental disabilities and the whole team here is glad that we’re able to provide this space, which will I’m sure, make a massive difference to disabled customers and where applicable, their parents and carers.”
On the Isle of Wight there are also Changing Places rooms at County Hall, The Riverside Centre and the Downside Community and Learning Centre, Pan.