Charity Mencap has been replaced as the Changing Places campaign’s co-host after 11 years of assistance which has seen more than 1,000 of the disabled facilities installed.
The campaign under Mencap’s co-chair leadership has gained significant momentum and now it is hoped that Muscular Dystrophy UK, another charity, will be able to maintain and progress the campaign.
The charity is taking over from Mencap to lead campaigning activity across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and will co-chair the Changing Places Consortium alongside PAMIS, which leads activity in Scotland.
Robert Meadowcroft, chief executive of Muscular Dystrophy UK, hopes the estimated 70,000 people live with a muscle-wasting condition in the UK will benefit from new facilities in the future.
“There is lots more work to do in raising awareness and improving building regulations to ensure better facilities for all disabled people, and we are excited to work with PAMIS and the rest of the Consortium to make it happen.”
Speaking of the success that Mencap have helped to foster during the decade of the campaign run to date, Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap, said: “As we celebrate 10 years of our involvement with Changing Places we’re pleased to see the campaign in its strongest position ever, ready for its leadership to be taken on by a new consortium.”
Official sponsor Aveso said it is delighted to have worked closely with all of the consortium members and woll continue to support the Changing Places campaign. support.
Founders of Aveso, James Stuart-Smith and Nick Kent, said: “We’re extremely proud to have sponsored and supported the Changing Places toilets campaign over the last four years and have built some wonderful relationships with the Mencap team which has resulted in achieving a landmark 1,000 Changing Places in the UK.
“Having worked closely with a number of campaigners and stakeholders to install Changing Places toilets in some significant and high profile venues, we understand the importance of these life-changing facilities. As such we are incredibly proud to continue for many years to come our sponsorship of the Changing Places toilets campaign and support Muscular Dystrophy UK as we move into a bright new future together to strengthen the campaign.”