In the UK, there are 11.4million disabled people (that's 1 in 5 people or 19% of the population) and over 230,000 people need personal assistance to use the toilet or change continence pads. Disabled people account for 20% of the customer base of the average UK business and households with a disabled person have a combined income of £212billion after housing costs.
A lack of clean and adequate disabled toilet and changing facilities creates a barrier to participating in social and community life 65% of families with disabled children feel isolated frequently or all of the time.
HOWEVER, there is a solution and venues can become more inclusive and accessible and in turn increase revenue and visitors by introducing Changing Places toilet facilities.
Campaigners for Changing Places are exceptionally passionate. For many, this is a fight for dignity for family, friends and loved ones who deserve these basic toilet facilities.
Changing Places as a campaign would not be where it is today without the aid of many supporters like you. The growing support network constitutes of dedicated families, carers, Changing Places users, charities and organisations who take an active interest and have passion for making Changing Places happen.
As the official campaign sponsors, Aveso want to give those who are new to the Changing Places campaign a chance to meet each other, share stories and learn from key campaigners who have had success and will be giving talks and presentations on what they have achieved. On the day, you can expect activities to kick start your campaigning, helping you to understand and recognise the equipment needed, effective ways address people vital to bringing about new Changing Places as well as the chance to speak to founding members of the Changing Places consortium to learn more about the reason and inception behind the campaign and its path towards the future. You will also leave with a goodie bag and hopefully the tools, knowledge and enthusiasm to start your own local campaign supported by other campaigners like you.
In addition to this session in Surrey on 29th October, there will also be a session in Nottingham on 25th October 2016. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available free of charge.
NB: There will be a Changing Places toilet available for use at Broadbridge Leisure Centre.