Church of England’s first Changing Places opens in toilet paper-cutting ceremony

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

A new Changing Places site opened on Saturday in a toilet paper-cutting ceremony in what is the Church of England’s first facility of its kind.  

The disabled toilet (not pictured) at Farsley, near Leeds are accessible 24 hours a day and contains a transfer hoist, adult changing table, adapted shower and enough room for carers. It can be accessed with a Radar key.

“This is the first Changing Places toilet in a Church of England Church, which will be open to the public and on the national register. This means that people planning long journeys or day trips will be able to find us and plan their route – it was really important to us that the facility was open to everyone who needs it 24 hours a day,” Reverend Paul Tudge, of St John’s Church told West Leeds Dispatch.

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Meanwhile, Rosie Tudge, Farsley’s local Changing Places fundraiser, told the newspaper: “Disabled adults and children often need more than a simple toilet – changing a severely disabled person on the floor of a public toilet is a desperate measure but sometimes the only option for someone who would like to go out and enjoy normal social activities. In some areas disabled people simply have to stay at home for lack of an appropriate facility,”

There are now nearly 1,000 registered Changing Places toilets in the UK and it is hoped that a change in legislation will make it compulsory for large public buildings to install the facilities.

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