September 2016 - Monthly Update
This month has been one of the busiest this year with many Changing Places projects moving forward.
After discussion with Mencap and the Changing Places Consortium this week, the minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt MP, met on Wednesday 28th September with the Premier League at the Olympic Stadium and issued a call to all Premier Leagues Clubs to install a Changing Places by the end of the season.
This is great news and will make sure that clubs have Changing Places at the top of their agendas in the coming month.
We have also had meetings this month with our campaign sponsors Aveso and two major supermarket chains regarding the inclusion of Changing Places toilets in their stores.
October 5th is World Cerebral Palsy Day. Changing Places campaigner Samantha Buck has been working with the Changing Places Consortium to share her story on the worldcpday.org website and promote the need for more Changing Places toilets across the globe.
The Changing Places Campaign is also featured in the Untied Nations global document Good Practices for Accessible Urban Development.
Loo tour cyclists raise Changing Places awareness
An army of Angus cyclists took an accessible toilet campaign across the county at the weekend. Arbroath mum Lois Speed organised the event to raise awareness of the need for Changing Places toilets. Lois’s 2014 event The Loo Tour de Britain, which raised £10,624, encouraged her to organise a more local cycling event.
First stop on the 62-mile Big One tour was the Changing Places toilet in Montrose, before the cyclists made their way to Brechin, Forfar and then Kirriemuir and then back to Arbroath where it finished up for the day at the Changing Places toilet at Arbroath Harbour.
There are now 878 registered Changing Places across the UK. Latest installations here: