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14 December 2017

Changes to the Consortium

 

We wanted to share the news that Muscular Dystrophy UK is taking over from Mencap to lead campaigning activity across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and will co-chair the Consortium alongside PAMIS.

 

Commenting on the news, Robert Meadowcroft, Chief Executive of Muscular Dystrophy UK, said:

"The Changing Places Consortium has already delivered fantastic results, securing over 1,000 facilities which ensure dignity and safety for disabled people around the UK. Seeing a Changing Places toilet sign shows an airport or shopping centre is fully accessible for a disabled person, and we need to see a lot more go up in the coming years. 

Our charity has a proud heritage of fighting for better facilities and access for disabled people, a heritage we can draw on to drive the Changing Places toilets campaign forwards. An estimated 70,000 people live with a muscle-wasting condition in the UK, and many can benefit from the use of a Changing Places toilet. 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."

Learning disability charity Mencap was one of the founding members of the Changing Places Consortium and has played an important role in getting the campaign to where it is today. The Consortium will always be grateful for all the hard work Mencap has done. Jan Tregelles, Chief Executive Mencap said:
“We’re incredibly proud of everything the Changing Places Consortium has achieved, and we are pleased to have been part of the movement, along with our amazing campaigners. 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.
 
Muscular Dystrophy UK are dedicated to fighting for the rights of people with a disability; we can’t think of anyone better to build on Changing Places' success. We’ll be working closely with Muscular Dystrophy UK and PAMIS to ensure the campaign can continue to build on its achievements. Mencap looks forward to watching Changing Places continue to open up more of the world to disabled people.”

Whilst Muscular Dystrophy UK recruit for a Changing Places Development Officer, PAMIS, will be taking over day-to-day responsibilities for leading the campaign across the UK. Jenny Miller, Chief Executive of Consortium Co-Chair PAMIS, said:

“PAMIS is this year celebrating 25 years of Promoting A More Inclusive Society for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their family carers. The Changing Places toilet campaign has been a core piece of work throughout these years and the families we support across Scotland still highlight that lack of Changing Places toilets is the biggest barrier to them being able to lead valued and included lives. There is an increasing political interest in this issue, not least because of all the amazing work that the campaigners up and down the country are doing. The timing is right for Muscular Dystrophy UK to take up the baton and become the lead campaign organisation for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We are really looking forward to embarking on this new partnership and taking forward the next chapter of the campaign and Consortium across the UK.”

 

The Changing Places campaign is continuing to be sponsored by Aveso, a joint venture between Astor Bannerman and OpeMed. Speaking about the campaign, James Stuart-Smith and Nick Kent of campaign sponsor Aveso said:

“We’re extremely proud to have sponsored and supported the Changing Places toilets campaign over the last 4 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.”
As a Consortium, we know there is still much more to be done to improve access to Changing Places toilets. However, we are confident that with the support of all the incredible Changing Places campaigners that we will continue to see the number of available toilets grow until every disabled person is able to access a toilet that meets their needs. Thank you all for your ongoing support. 

Getting in touch

If you have any questions about this news or just want to get in touch with the Consortium then here is how: 

Phone: 01382 385154
 
PLEASE NOTE: until the Changing Places Development Officer is recruited at Muscular Dystrophy UK, PAMIS will be the key point of contact using the information above. 
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