The Government has recently announced funding to increase the number of Changing Places Toilets across the country.
"Standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability. Over ¼ million people in the UK with a disability need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably. These needs are met by Changing Places toilets." Changing Places.
Changing Places Toilets are 3m x 4m and are larger than a standard wheelchair accessible toilet and offer a ceiling track hoist, changing bed, a shower and plenty of room for carers and family members to assist adults and children with physical disabilities. They make a huge difference to families being able to enjoy going out together and provide a dignified toilet facility for people with disabilities.
Middlesbrough proudly has more than ten Changing Places Toilets located in a variety of locations including its Leisure Centres, Day Centres, My Place, Stewart Park, Riverside Stadium, James Cook Hospital, Newham Grange Farm and the Bus Station. For more details - please visit www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/changingplaces. Middlesbrough Council is keen to increase this, ensuring accessible facilities are available to all within the town.
The local authority now needs your views on the current number of Changing Places Toilets in Middlesbrough and where you think more / extra Changing Places Toilets should be located if successful as part of the Government Funding.
A short online consultation survey has been created to provide you with the opportunity to share your thoughts. Please complete the survey and help to improve accessibility in Middlesbrough.