I’m delighted to have teamed up with Carol Klein Occupational Therapist, Carlisle, the Cumbria Cerebral palsy society support worker Jane Brown, Kirsty Smith Physio, and Maureen Arca a parent.
Maureen came to address our Neurological Alliance meeting at the Hospice in Carlisle and shared details of their priorities in the City.
These included The Sands, The Lanes Shopping Centre and a County Council building which now has a changing places room but is not open at weekends.
We shall continue to pursue better provision in the area.
This year the Cumbria Neurological Alliance has made the lack of Changing Places one of its priorities.
Please check out the website http://www.changing-places.org/
Changing places, changing lives – Sometimes you just need to change one thing to open up a world of possibility…
Over a 1/4 million people need Changing Places toilets to enable them to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted.
Changing places provision in Cumbria is disgracefully limited. We want to work with hotels and motorway service stations to improve this situation. It can be done – see this project:
A number of guests with higher level accessibility needs had been visiting Marwell Wildlife, but they weren’t staying, because the attraction didn’t have the facilities they required. Read more about how adding a ‘Changing Places’ accessible bathroom has made all the difference to Marwell Wildlife (PDF, 6.86MB) disabled visitors and their business.
25th April 2017 Women and Equalities Select committee, chaired by Maria Miller MP, published its report into access for disabled people to the built environment.
View Building for Equality report
The committee’s key recommendations include:
- Government should give strategic leadership to ensure disabled people can access the built environment
- Government should make it easier for planning authorities to insist on access including not signing off local plans unless they address access to housing, public spaces and the wider built environment
- There should be more ambition in implementing accessible housing standards to at least the equivalent of the life time homes standard
- Increased provision of Changing Places toilets in public building should be a priority
- There should be a moratorium on shared space schemes until national guidelines are developed that guarantee access and safety for disabled people.
This fits with the priority given this year by the Cumbria NA to raise the issue of the lack of Changing Places across the County.