‘Changing Places’ toilets need to be available in all large public venues and places.
A Changing Places facility should be a minimum of 12 square metres and include a ceiling hoist, height-adjustable, adult-sized changing bed, peninsular toilet with space for a carer either side, and where possible, a height-adjustable sink. These facilities should be available in the following places (below) and should be additional to any standard accessible toilets.
- Travel hubs such as train stations, airports, bus stations and ferry ports
- Sports stadiums and leisure facilities
- Cultural centres, such as museums, concert halls and art galleries
- City and large town centres
- Large supermarkets
- Shopping centres
- Major motorway service stations
- Key buildings within town centres, e.g. town halls, civic centres and main public libraries
- Educational establishments – schools, universities etc
- Health facilities, such as hospitals, health centres and community practices.
But we also want to help smaller venues and businesses who are restricted by space and building constraints. When a Changing Places genuinely is not achievable, all is not lost.
Providing a disabled/accessible toilet is 7m2 or more, an adjustable changing bench and a ceiling hoist can be fitted into an existing space, instantly adding essential kit for families like mine, without having to build an extra facility.