Changing Places

Changing Places toilets Carlisle

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.


The Lake District Foundation

We’ve been following the Lake District Foundation on LinkedIn  – check them out at Nurture Lakeland, and I thought you would like to know more about them.

‘The Lake District Foundation works to ensure that the Lake District is a place where its prosperous economy, world class visitor experiences and vibrant communities come together to sustain its spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage. The Lake District Foundation was established in August 2017. Prior to this, under the name Nurture Lakeland, the organisation had been working for 23 years to increase fundraising from visitors and the tourism industry, and delivered sustainable tourism programmes and messages across Cumbria, gaining national recognition. We support the delivery of the shared aims of the Lake District National Park Partnership through innovative fundraising campaigns locally, nationally and internationally. We encourage partners to work together to ensure a coordinated approach to fundraising and income generation. Our influential and engaged board of trustees include senior leaders from: Cumbria Tourism National Trust Lake District National Park Authority Environment Agency United Utilities Local business and tourism organisations.’

We hope that we can work with them to get the first public Changing Places toilet in the Lake District National Park, to enable people with disabilities to visit and enjoy the park with dignity.


We are passionate to make this happen and urge you to check out

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.

The Changing Places Consortium launched its campaign in 2006 on behalf of the over 1/4 of a million people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, as well as older people.

To use the toilet in safety and comfort, many people need to be able to access a Changing Places, which have more space and the right equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist.

You can download campaigns leaflet for more information.


Changing Places – Accessible bathrooms

This year the Cumbria Neurological Alliance has made the lack of Changing Places one of its priorities.

Please check out the website

Changing Places

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.


Building for Equality Report

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.