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.
"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."
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:
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: