July 2016 - Monthly Update
What a great day!
The highlight of the past month was always going to be the Changing Places 10th Anniversary and first National Changing Places Awareness Day on 19th July.
There was so much going on across the UK in celebration of ten years of campaigning. Social media was “on fire” with #incLOOsion trending for part of the day.
There are so many people to thank for making the campaign so successful over the past ten years. We cannot mention everyone but here are a few highlights from the day...
We have to say a special thank you to all the original Consortium members and campaigners who got together back in 2005 and brought the whole campaign together. Real pioneers who showed a real commitment to changing the lives of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
Thanks to them and the work of our campaigners there are now 860 registered Changing Places across the UK.
The 860th registration was the Seaburn Shelter in Sunderland which was opened on Changing Places Awareness Day and recorded by www.madeintyneandwear.tv
On the hottest day of the year in was probably the best place to celebrate a new Changing Places; at the beach!!
You can find out all about Sunderland City Council’s commitment to inclusion here:
A few other highlights……..
Selfie kit inventor Alison Beevers, local campaigners and Bassetlaw Council did a great job in raising awareness of the soon to be completed Retford Changing Places toilet.
A great news story can be found here.
Changing Places facebook facilitator Sarah Mitchell was out visiting Changing Places across Newcastle while the team at Accessible Derbyshire were racing around on fabulous on BOMA 7 'All-Terrain' wheelchairs. Find out more here.
Consortium members CAE (Centre for Accessible Environments) teamed up with our campaign sponsors Aveso to provide a great training session at The Barbican for architects and campaign supporters.
We would also like to thank Raymond Martin from the British Toilet Association who joined Mike on a run across London to highlight the need for more Changing Places in the capital. They were supported by campaigners from Mencap and Generate who met up with MP Jack Dromey in the Houses of Parliament at the end of the run.
Thank you again to all involved on the day and over the past ten years. It was a real celebration and a huge thank you to all Changing Places campaigners. Here’s to the next ten years!
New Changing Places
There were 13 Changing Places toilets registered this month at many great locations: