Category: Changing Places

Changing Places takes Centre Court at Wimbledon

Posted on June 6, 2018

In July, the gaze of the Tennis world will be set firmly on England to welcome once more the world’s favourite lawn Grand Slam Tennis Tournament. It has also been the stage for OpeMed’s latest Changing Places project, working alongside the All England Lawn Tennis Club to design, install and maintain Wimbledon’s first Changing Places toilet at Centre Court Wimbledon.

Wimbledon has been carving a path for inclusivity within Tennis for 13 years; wheelchair Tennis has been played on the grass at SW19 since 2005 when a doubles competition was first introduced, with last year being the first time a singles competition had been played. But now they’re focusing on inclusivity within their grounds, and serving a backhand to inaccessibility. The All England Tennis Club utilised OpeMed’s knowledge and expertise to design, install and maintain their wonderful Changing Places facility.

Changing Places takes Centre Court at Wimbledon

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Looathon; Pants Down for Equality!

Posted on May 9, 2018

Toilets are not glamorous. As a nation, we tend to look away when such things are brought to attention, or issues are raised. So how do you make people look, to bring attention back to the real problems surrounding accessible toilets? One way is with a Looathon; Pants Down for Equality!

Sarah Brisdion is a Changing Places campaigner. Her 7-year-old son Hadley has Cerebral Palsy and is wheelchair bound, which regularly means that standard accessible toilets are in fact inaccessible and fall far short of meeting his needs, along with so many other disabled people. Often the only alternatives are the undignified and unhygienic measures of being laid on a toilet floor or to use a nappy and sit in bodily wastes.

Looathon; Pants Down for Equality!

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Naidex 2018 : How to Make the Most of Your Experience

Posted on April 12, 2018

Returning for an unparalleled 44th year, Naidex cites itself as Europe’s most established trade, professional and public event dedicated to the care, rehabilitation and lifestyle of people with a disability or impairment with due cause. Naidex will be held at the NEC in Birmingham on 25th – 26th of April.

Offering the opportunity for networking, one-to-one advice supported by live demonstrations from over 300 pioneering exhibitors, Naidex is a hub of innovation for the disability community. Aiding the advancement of this huge and growing industry, it provides the means to strengthen knowledge of the disability sector and discover and purchase the most cutting-edge new products and technology supporting it.

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Easy as 1, 2, 3: A Changing Places Installation Story

Posted on March 14, 2018

Changing Places are fantastic facilities; an improvement on the standard disabled toilets, they encompass a range of specialist equipment in order to allow people with many different needs to use the loo safely and with dignity. In this article, ‘Easy as 1, 2, 3: A Changing Places Installation Story’ we hope to provide you with a quick overview on how Changing Places do not need to be difficult to install.

When considering Changing Places projects, the design, plan and budget for such toilets are often months in the making – sometimes even years. And yet they seem to pop up overnight, and in the space of 24-48 hours, an empty room becomes a fully inclusive toilet fit for just about everyone.

Whilst it seems a romantic notion, we’ve debunked the myth with a step-by-step collection of in-progress images from one of our installation team. Taken during a recent Changing Places installation at Market Yard Toilet Block for Mendip Borough Council, the photos offer a peak under the curtain to see what is entailed.

Easy as 1, 2, 3: A Changing Places Installation Story

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Thinking Outside the Box; Modular Changing Places Solutions

Posted on March 5, 2018

Many reservations for installing Changing Places facilities surround limitations in space, particularly in historical and completed buildings. Maintaining focus on purely internal adaptations can really limit what is possible and even halt such a project all together.

Thinking Outside the Box

But when we think a little outside the box, the solution becomes obvious – taking Changing Places literally outside! Installing Changing Places in pre-fabricated modular units can be, and has been, a fantastic means including Changing Places toilets in places where there isn’t a suitable space to install one inside of a building. It also provides the benefits of minimising any disruption to the existing buildings, as the installation of equipment is completed off-site; our modular facilities are delivered and lifted into position fully finished.

Thinking Outside the Box; Modular Changing Places Solutions

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OpeMed Brand New ‘Design and Approach to Installing Changing Places’ Guide

Posted on February 21, 2018

The updated BS8300:2018 is now in place.  The British Standard takes the form of guidance and recommendations, and this particular iteration refers directly to Changing Places toilets and what is required to create a fully compliant facility.

Of course, nobody wants to be caught out where the standard has introduced new changes, but reading through can be a time-consuming process. As Co-Sponsors of the Changing Places campaign, we amalgamated the new BS8300 recommendations with the Changing Places Guide and our knowledge as suppliers and installers to create a new ‘Design and Approach to Installing Changing Places’ Guide.

Design and Approach to Installing Changing Places

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3 is No Longer a Crowd! OpeMed Install New Changing Places Toilets

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As accurate as the phrase may often be, in this case 3 is no longer a crowd! – this case being the recent installations of 3 Changing Places Toilets in Southside and Royal Priors Shopping Centres and Colchester Hospital respectively.

3 is No Longer a Crowd! OpeMed Install New Changing Places Toilets

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Changing Places Toilet for Tesco Calne in Wiltshire

Posted on January 16, 2018

OpeMed has partnered with Tesco once again for the installation of a new Changing Places toilet. Following the success of the facilities supplied and installed into the Milton Keynes and Slough stores, a fully compliant Changing Places toilet for Tesco was included in the new Calne store in Wiltshire.

Fitted out with OpeMed’s OT200 Ceiling Hoist, the Mobile Mona Height Adjustable Changing Table and Mobile Privacy Screen as well as other accessories, the toilet was ready to accommodate fully any disabled customers who required a Hoist and Changing Bench or a bit of extra space to use the loo, by opening day.

Changing Places Toilet for Tesco Calne in Wiltshire

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Mayor of London Releases New Plans For Changing Places

Posted on January 12, 2018

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, has recently released the new plans for London, within which there have been outlined important details for the inclusion of Changing Places toilets in new buildings.

This strategic plan will shape how London evolves and develops over the course of the new 20-25 years. All planning decisions should follow London Plan policies, and it sets a policy framework for local plans across London.

Mayor of London Releases New Plans For Changing Places

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Mothers Action for Changing Places Featured on Sky News

Posted on January 8, 2018

This morning mothers action for Changing Places featured on Sky News with Sarah Brisdion’s narrative on her campaigning efforts.

Fighting to ensure her son Hadley, who has cerebral palsy, is able to access the same places and activities as other children his age, Sarah employed an unorthodox and eye-opening technique to raise awareness for Changing Places and what the lack of them can lead to.

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Two Goals and Two Changing Places Toilets for Chelsea FC

Posted on January 2, 2018

As season ticket holders at Stamford Bridge, OpeMed were delighted to see Chelsea score twice in December in the Carabao Cup Semi-Finals, but also to see that ‘2’ meant more for Stamford Bridge Stadium; as the two Changing Places Toilets for Chelsea FC were very much in use amongst the disabled football fans. Not only was there a permanent Changing Places facility for those who require a Hoist and a Changing Bench to go to the toilet, but there was also a Mobiloo in action – fitted out with OpeMed specialist equipment, Mobiloo is a mobile accessible Changing Places that is hired and driven wherever it is required.

Chelsea FC Stamford Bridge Stadium with two Changing Places

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Prime Minister Theresa May Urges Changing Places Toilets for New Buildings

Posted on December 15, 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May Urges Changing Places

The momentum for Changing Places in the media and in the public eye is gathering speed; yesterday Prime Minister Theresa May urges Changing Places toilets for new buildings in the House of Commons during a televised Question Time.

Rishi Sunak told how he was ‘deeply moved’ by the stories from his constituency of severely disabled children being denied opportunities due to lack of adequate facilities and asked the Prime Minister to strongly consider updating the Building Regulations to ensure better provision for disabled people and to encourage relevant buildings to voluntarily install Changing Places.

 

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BBC on Changing Places: UK Retail Giants on Accessibility

Posted on November 29, 2017

Last night Changing Places and the question of legislation to support them was featured on the BBC News at 10 (skip to 25:10). To be delivered to Parliament today, over 100,000 people have signed the petition for accessible toilets to be installed in all motorway services in the UK.

This naturally calls into question other services in the UK; standard disabled toilets don’t meet the needs of approximately 250,000 people.

UK Retail Giants on Accessibility

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Muscular Dystrophy (MDUK) Take Helm as New co-Chair of Changing Places Campaign

Posted on November 15, 2017

Today marks a new era in the Changing Places campaign.  The Changing Places Campaign (for which we are the official co-sponsor) is hosted by the Changing Places Consortium member, Mencap for the last 11 years. The campaign under Mencap’s co-chair leadership has gone from strength to strength and has assisted in producing over 1000 Changing Places toilets across the country. Moving forwards, the Changing Places Campaign has announced a new co-chair and host to the campaign, Charity: Muscular Dystrophy UK.

MDUK Take Helm as New co-Chair of Changing Places

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Making Accessibility Accessible – Changing Places can go anywhere with OpeMed and iHUS partnership

Posted on November 3, 2017

Seeking to improve and enhance the reach of the Changing Places campaign, OpeMed has combined their experience of installing these facilities with iHUS Adapt & Build to offer a unique modular Changing Places Toilet.

Teaming up to work as a partnership, both OpeMed and iHUS – focusing energies specifically on Changing Places facilities – will continue to enrich provision of fully accessible spaces for those across the UK who require them most.

Making Accessibility Accessible

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Church funds brand new Changing Places at local community centre

Posted on October 11, 2017

The newest addition to the OpeMed Changing Places portfolio is the fantastic facility at the Jubilee Community Centre in East Grinstead, West Sussex.

Funded through the tireless efforts of the Jubilee Community Church, the Changing Places facility is the result of an impressive internal renovation on an existing room in the centre. With a vision to serve the local community, the Church have certainly achieved this with their new Changing Places.

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Welcome Break achieve 999th Changing Places for Changing Places Awareness Day

Posted on July 19, 2017

We are delighted to announce we have completed our latest Changing Places project with Welcome Break at Newport Pagnell Services.

This competition marks the 999th Changing Places on the second Changing Places Awareness Day (July 19th) now celebrating 11 amazing years of the Changing Places Campaign and the successes the campaign so far.

Welcome Break achieve 999th Changing Places for Changing Places Awareness Day
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Crawley Success as crowd draws for OpeMed Changing Places

Posted on June 23, 2017

Register Your Changing Places

County Mall Shopping Centre in Crawley opened it’s first Changing Places toilet last Friday, the 16th of June, as the culmination of years of hard work and tireless campaigning by local mum, carer and Chairman of Autism Support Crawley, Maria Cook.

On behalf of her Autistic son Ryan, and so many others with additional needs that require a  Ceiling Hoist and Changing Table in order to use the loo with dignity, Maria has carved a path that many campaigners would wish to emulate.

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OpeMed fly ‘down-under’ for Australian Changing Places conference

Posted on June 12, 2017

We are delighted to be attending the Changing Places, Going Places Conference in Victoria (Australia), this week on 14th June. Guests will be speaking about and sharing information on Changing Places facilities and the positive impact they have on social inclusion within the community.

Due to the on-going success of the campaign in the UK, our Managing Director will be speaking on the key factors that have driven the campaign successes and how it can be translated to the Victorian Disability Plan and the public to best ensure the same success is had.

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OpeMed near completion on brand new Changing Places in Crawley

Posted on June 9, 2017

As a newly awarded local hero in the Crawley Community Awards, Autism Ambassador for Gatwick Airport and Chairman for Autism Support Crawley; working with Maria to install a well needed Changing Places into County Mall Shopping Centre, has been a delightful journey and a fantastic achievement for Maria and all her campaigning work.

Brought on board as both co-sponsor of the Changing Places Campaign and industry specialists, OpeMed has been proud to support this endeavour, helping to create a more accessible Crawley. Our team of Product Specialists have worked closely with Maria to ensure the best possible facilities, utilising our extensive experiance to match the needs of the users and the Changing Places specifications to the parameters of the room.

OpeMed near completion on brand new Changing Places in Crawley
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