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Changing Places installation to act as facility improvement platform across Preston

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A new Changing Places facility has been installed in Preston city centre.

Located next to Preston Mobility Centre, the unit will offer additional equipment, such as a hoist, privacy screen, non-slip flooring and a changing bench.

According to the Lancashire Post, organisations signed up to a City Charter to outline a commitment to making shops and businesses more accessible to users with mobility issues as part of the opening.

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Discussing the potential for expanding disabled facilities across the city, Mark Whittle, Business Improvement District Manager said the charter was something the city could build on.

Speaking to the Lancashire Post, he said: “We are committed, in the long-term, to working with experts to ensure that visiting Preston, and moving around city centre businesses, is as easy as possible for members of the community with specialist mobility needs.”

Joe Hannet, Preston Mobility Centre manager added: “This is a great start. I’m over the moon with the commitment to a more inclusive future from the retail sector in Preston, the leadership shown by St George’s Centre and BID. Kudos also to the retailers who sent staff to today’s awareness event.”

It is hoped that the scheme can help the approximate 27,000 people living in and around the city who have a disability or impairment.

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