It’s been another fantastic year at the Changing Places Consortium, and a busy one! Since last Changing Places Awareness Day, we’ve continued working with venues, government departments, suppliers and, of course, our amazing campaigners.
Read on for a run-down of all the key events from the past year:
This year, P&O ferries became the first company in England to install a Changing Places toilet actually onboard one of their vessels.
The maiden voyage of Pioneer took place in June, on a journey from Dover to Calais. This vessel is the first of 5 new ‘ships of the future’ planned by the company.
P&O are in excellent company, joining Northlink who installed the first ever CPT aboard one of their Scottish vessels in 2019.
DLUHC funding programme for Local Authorities
Since CPAD2022, the remaining funds from the DLUHC programme have been allocated and we’re now seeing new registrations coming in every week.
The programme of installations runs into next year – so make sure to keep an eye on our social media channels for all of the new registration announcements, and if you’re wondering where the closest Changing Places toilet is to you, don’t forget to check out the official map!
The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace
We were incredibly happy to announce, and on the day of the coronation of King Charles III no less, that the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace had installed a new accessible toilet!
Owing to the size of the space available in the listed building, we weren’t able to award the new toilet full CPT status, but we were pleased to see all of the essential equipment included and a great commitment to inclusivity from the Palace.
Many historic venues work hard to install a Changing Places toilet but are unfortunately restricted by the space available in their listed buildings, be it the size or shape of the space, or a ceiling that’s just too low.
In recognition of their efforts, this year we launched our ‘Historic venues’ page to showcase all such venues, that have a toilet which is almost a CPT, but isn’t able to be fully registered.
On Changing Places Awareness Day last year, we were pleased to share that Lloyds had become the first bank to install a Changing Places toilet.
Following the successful installation at their London Old Broad Street site, Lloyds have now committed to making sure more of their sites are fully inclusive with the addition of further CPTs. Their second CPT, at a Bristol Harbourside site, was installed in May.
Watch this space for more registrations!