Nottingham is a vibrant city, home to 310,000 residents and is a popular tourist destination.
It is also one of the UK cities leading the way in the provision of Changing Places toilets.
In July 2006 Nottingham City Council opened its first Changing Places toilet in newly refurbished public toilets in the Market Square, at the heart of the city centre. It has an
- Adult-sized height adjustable changing bench
- Ceiling track hoist
- A peninsular toilet
- Plenty of space for the disabled person and two carers.
- It also provides a moveable sink and emergency alarm.
Making it happen
In 2005 a City Council project team led by Martin Jackaman was set up to create a design. The team had a strategy to target key venues which would enable people with complex care needs to access major leisure, shopping, transport and make the city accessible. The group achieved its objectives and Martin (who is now retired but still a member of the national Changing Places Consortium) reports that “As at January 2015 there are 14 Changing Places toilets in the City, they are Nottingham Capital FM Arena, Contemporary Arts Centre, Intu Shopping Centre, Wollaton Park, Forest Recreation ground, Nottingham Railway Station. both major hospitals ,3 Leisure Centre’s, 2 Community Resource Centre’s and City Centre public toilets.
Much work has been done in the East Midlands region and there are now 45 Changing Places toilets within 25 miles of Nottingham including East Midlands airport.
The provision of a Changing Places toilet in the city centre means that people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their families can now spend a day in the city, shopping, dining or making use of leisure facilities.
How it has made a difference.
This is exactly what mum Bethan and her two daughters were able to do for the first time in years, thanks to Nottingham City Council’s decision to install a Changing Places toilet.
Lowri has profound and multiple learning disabilities due to Rett syndrome. She is a wheelchair user with no independent mobility and needs complete 24-hour support with all aspects of her care. Lowri wears continence pads which need to be changed in a Changing Places toilet. “We used the Changing places toilet on Saturday and it was brilliant!” Bethan enthuses. “Lowri was very comfortable when we used the changing bench and the whole place was spotless. I was able to take Elin and Lowri shopping for school clothes in the morning, have lunch and then go straight on to the theatre, just like anyone else would have done.”
See Lowri and Bethan’s video of Nottingham
NOTTINGHAM CAPITAL FM ARENA AND NATIONAL ICE CENTRE
Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena and National Ice Centre was the first Arena in the UK to have a Changing Places toilet. The facility has been warmly welcomed by families who have a family member who needs a Changing places toilet so they can enjoy a great night out. Here is what Donna Gately the General Manager of the Arena told us
“I came across a young women with her sister, who was severely disabled on Sunday – they had come to see the Olly Murs concert and were very excited about seeing their hero but even more exciting about the fact they didn’t need their carer or Mum to travel with them since we had opened the Changing Places toilet.
How lovely to give to young people their independence, something most of us take for granted.”
Here is a picture of the Nottingham Capital FM Arena’s fabulous Changing Places toilet.