Today I just wanted to touch base on a very important campaign that is going on just now. Well actually it’s been an ongoing campaign since 2006 and that is The Changing Places campaign. The reason I’m telling you about this campaign today is because it is changing places awareness day and it’s something I wanted to share with you guys as it’s a very important campaign that is beneficial to myself and others that are unable to use simple toileting facilities. So, what is this campaign all about? Well and this is a quote from the changing places website “Over a quarter of a million people in the UK need Changing Places toilets but there are less than 1,000 across the UK.” Therefore, there is a The Changing Places Consortium who are working to change this as well as others.
Basically, a standard disabled toilet has hand rails, sufficiently more room for wheelchairs, a sink, toilet and occasionally a baby change bench. However, these facilities don’t fit the needs of everyone with a disability as some are more severe than others. For me, because you know this blog is about my journey, I can’t stand up. Which means I’m not able to transfer from my wheelchair to the toilet without some form of hoist. So, when I’m out and about most places I’m not able to use their toilet which means that I have to go home. This is frustrating and can be very limiting in people’s daily life’s. On the changing places website, they describe undignifying situations people have been in due to there not being sufficient facilities in place for them.
So, in order to stop this from happening I believe more businesses need to have changing places available to the people that need them. Some places have already got changing place toilets available, you can search for the closest ones here.
I volunteer with PAMIS and they’ve just recently got a Mobiloo which is basically a portaloo van which you are able to drive to different places and it has a changing place in the back which is fully equipped with a hoist, toilet and bench to allow carers to assist people to the toilet. Actually it is going to be available throughout all of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is also available for other events based on availability. PAMIS are part of the Changing Places Consortium and if you would like to book the Mobiloo you can contact them here.