The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is providing £30 million for councils to install life-enhancing Changing Places toilets in existing buildings in England. Changing Places toilets are larger accessible toilets for people who cannot use standard disabled toilets, with equipment such as hoists, curtains, adult-sized changing benches and space for carers. MHCLG will be inviting district and unitary councils to “opt in” to receive a proportion of this funding to install facilities in their communities and is encouraging them to involve county councils in two-tier areas.
This welcome funding will enable more disabled people, their families and carers to plan days out and fully participate in everyday experiences such as leisure and sports, cinemas, and visiting arts and tourism venues. You may wish to start considering where Changing Places toilets are most needed in your communities, and opportunities to work in partnership with other organisations to deliver these facilities, including securing match funding and in-kind contributions.