Campaigners in Falkirk have had their goal met after a £100,000 investment was made by a local community trust to fund a specialist Changing Places facility, which is more advanced than a standard disabled toilet.
Falkirk Community Trust, in partnership with Falkirk Council, footed the bill for the new Changing Places which has just opened to the public at the Grangemouth Sports Complex.
The specialist facilities feature equipment such as a ceiling hoist, height adjustable sink and changing bench, in addition to more space than a standard accessible toilet.
Maureen Campbell, the trust’s chief executive, told the Falkirk Healrd: “We are delighted to have created these enhanced facilities within key sports centres.
“This will enable more people to pursue an active healthy lifestyle whilst enjoying a fun day out with their friends and family.”
A number of Scottish politicians campaigning for the new facilities were pleased to find that a further three Changing Places will be installed by Falkirk Council.
NHS Forth Valley will convert two disabled toilets into a Changing Places toilet and the Scottish Railway Preservation Society also said it would install another.
=The SNP parliamentarians involved in the campaign said: “We welcome Falkirk Council, the Community Trust and the Health and Social Care Partnership’s wide-ranging efforts to bring Changing Places toilets to buildings across the district.
“This will make a huge difference to families with disabled children and adults with complex needs by giving them greater freedom to be out and about in the local area.”
“We’re also delighted by NHS Forth Valley’s commitment to provide a Changing Places toilet at Forth Valley Royal Hospital within months and are grateful that Forth Valley College is making its facility in Falkirk available to the wider public.”