Changing Places fund continues to aid nationwide installations

Changing PlacesChanging Places hope to achieve 1,000 installations soon. Image: Clos-o-mat installed facility

A leisure centre in Copeland has become one of the latest sites to take order of a Changing Places toilet.

The facility was part-funded by the Changing Places fund, which added £15,000 to the £45,000 provided Copeland Borough Council.

The state-of-the-art facility will allow people with a wide range of disabilities to fully access the pool and gym in Hensingham.

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It includes a spacious shower, adult-sized changing table, a hoist and other facilities. It also has ample room for carers aiding clients.

The changing room has a range of safety measures and also has underfloor heating. Care has been taken to use visually contrasting colours for various surfaces, to help the visually impaired.

Copeland Mayor, Mike Starkie, told Cumbria Crack: “This is a top rate facility and it means our pool and gym is available for even more people to enjoy. This kind of partnership investment – in this case with Changing Places through the County Council – brings the best results and I am looking forward to seeing people using these changing rooms to keep fit and have fun.”

Meanwhile, Georgina Ternent, Cumbria County Council’s public health manager for Copeland, added: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to support and invest in these new facilities, and it’s great to see the difference they can make. Disabled people can face serious challenges getting out and about and enjoying the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted. These new facilities should make a huge difference to disabled leisure centre users and their families.”

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