There is a new Government Consultation on the availability of Changing Places toilets in public spaces, including art spaces, museums and other cultural centres such as faith centres and concert halls:
Key points of the consultation (deadline is 21 July 2019):
· All new builds and majorly refurbished large public spaces must have @CP_Consortium toilets.
· This will include #museums over 300k visitors, their extensions, new builds and refurbishments.
· Reasonable provision would need to be given to provide a Changing Places in a listed building. Building control groups/bodies would decide if it was not reasonable.
The consultation paper is available via https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-public-buildings-to-have-changing-places-toilets-for-severely-disabled-people
Lack of Changing Places facilities in museums and cultural venues affects approximately 250,000 people, who often drastically reduce food and drink in order to get out of the house. Children are changed on toilet floors to visit museums and their cultural heritage. Information on what Changing Places toilets are http://www.changing-places.org
Cases studies of museums and heritage organisations who have created CP toilets in their organisation, information and families who use Changing Places toilets information is here: https://www.musedcn.org.uk/category/resources/equipment/changing-places-toilets/
If you have any questions relating to Changing Places toilets do get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org DCN offers access auditing to support museums and heritage organisations in creating inclusive places for service provision and workforce.
DCN will be speaking about Changing Places Toilets on 10th June at the Cultural Sector FM Hub, tickets are free: http://culturalsectorfmhub.com/360-2/http://culturalsectorfmhub.com/360-2/http://culturalsectorfmhub.com/360-2/http://culturalsectorfmhub.com/360-2/
DCN will also be speaking about Changing Places and Accessible toilets at the Museums Association Conference in Brighton.
With Best Wishes
Director the Disability Collaborative Network C.I.C. (formerly Disability Co-operative Network)