We are not just about campaigning for change, we want to celebrate every place or business that we have found to be really accessible and that has made a notable effort to be inclusive – of course with particular credit to those with great toilet and changing facilities in our area and beyond. We hope this list grows and grows as we get some more success. But in the meantime, here are Hadley’s Heroes, in no particular order, and the reasons why we love them. Please feel free to send us your recommendations.
We love Longdown Activity Farm. The wonderful owners of the farm got behind our campaign 100%. They installed a state-of-the art Changing Places facility, that we very proudly opened on 12 March 2016. They are amazing and we are so happy to be helping them achieve this with our fundraising and promotional activities. The farm is one of my favourite places to visit with my children and this has made it even more accessible, opening it up to all visitors. from local families to schools.
New Forest District Council – Our local council really listened. The facilities team contacted me as a result of hearing me on BBC Radio Solent and as a result there are two Changing Places toilets in my local towns of New Milton and Lymington.
Portsmouth International Port – From the very first time the management at Portsmouth heard about the needs of children and adults like Hadley, they set about finding a solution so that they could install appropriate facilities. They involved me in the whole process and we were able to create a fantastic Space to Change facility by combining an existing accessible toilet with a room next door to it. It’s a great facility that will make the lives of those travelling from the Port a lot easier. It’s also fantastic for the local community as the Port is always open and is easily accessible from the M275.
Marwell Zoo! Not only is it full of incredible animals with wonderful paths for pushchair/wheelchair or trike (and it has a steam train, the boy is addicted!), but it has an awesome Changing Places facility! It’s a truly accessible, brilliant day out for all the family.
The New Lakeside Centre, Eastleigh – I believe the new Lakeside centre has now been finished and includes a brand new Changing Places toilet facility. We will try to visit soon to get further information and photos. There is an awesome miniature steam railway here that Hadley loved when he was younger!
West Quay Shopping Centre, Southampton, with it’s full ‘Changing Places’ facility located on P2 with all the other toilets and baby change rooms. Accessible by radar key. Makes shopping so much more pleasant and achievable.
The Quays swimming and Diving complex, West Quay Road in Southampton. A changing places toilet with changing bed, hoist facility and toilet in central location with space either side for a carer. BIG thumbs up!
Moors Valley Country Park, Ashley Heath, near Ringwood, Dorset, BH24 2ET. Hadley is a huge fan (another place with a steam train!) and they have a ‘Changing Places’ toilet accessible by Radar key!
The Farm at Staunton Country Park, Havant. We haven’t been yet but it’s on our list ASAP. It has an official ‘Changing Places’ loo and it has been recommended to us by a good friend. Will post a review when we’ve managed to visit.
Paultons Park/Peppa Pig World – big thumbs up to Paultons who have now added a hoist to their adult changing facility (with height adjustable bed).
Southampton General Hospital. A full Changing Places toilet is available in the main central part of the hospital, adjacent to the M&S cafe. It is a wonderful and comfortable hi-spec facility that is making the world of difference to so many patients and their families. It is accessible via code, so do remember to ask for the weekly code on your way in at the main reception desk. You will be asked to leave your name and address.
Southampton Football Club – St Mary’s Stadium. We are exceptionally pleased to say there is a Changing Places toilet at our local Premier League club! Hadley is now able to attend matches with his family thanks to this wonderful facility. The facility is located in the corporate area of the Itchen Stand so please do bear this in mind when purchasing tickets. Whilst you can access the facility from anywhere in the ground, you will have to be escorted, so it is advisable to make the club aware of your attendance in advance where possible.
IKEA Southampton – There is now a Space to Change toilet with height adjustable bench and ceiling hoist (a smaller version of a Changing Places fitted to an existing accessible toilet) at Ikea in Southampton – a welcome addition for so many families, including my own. We have not had a chance to visit the store yet to try it out, but will report further when we have done so. Watch this space! I believe it is in the restaurant area.