Category: Changing Places
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 is No Longer a Crowd! OpeMed Install New Changing Places Toilets
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.
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.
Two Goals and Two Changing Places Toilets for Chelsea FC
Posted on January 2, 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May Urges Changing Places Toilets for New Buildings
Posted on December 15, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crawley Success as crowd draws for OpeMed Changing Places
Posted on June 23, 2017
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.
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.
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.
Deadlines Loom for Premier League 2017 Accessible Promise
Posted on May 5, 2017
In September 2015, Premier League clubs unanimously agreed to improve their disabled access provisions, committing to meet the Accessible Stadia Guide (ASG) by August 2017. With the promise of August looming, Premier League football clubs are fast approaching the Changing Places installation deadline. Believe it or not, around a third of clubs in top tier football are set to miss their own deadline to install a Changing Places toilet in their stadium. Not only does this mean that disabled fans’ needs are not being met, it also sends the message that clubs simply don’t care about disabled facilities; at least not enough to invest in them
Royal Hat-trick for OpeMed with 3rd Visit from Royal Family at Surrey Wildlife Trust Changing Places
Posted on April 27, 2017
This past weekend, April 22nd, marked the exciting milestone of a 3rd royal visit to an OpeMed installation.
In the last year, Her Majesty the Queen has opened the OpeMed Changing Places at the National Army Museum and HRH Princess Alexandra was showcased the OT200 Ceiling Hoist at the unique Flat Spaces Accessible Holiday Home. HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO had the pleasure of being the first official guest to the new Nower Wood Education Centre, and the newly installed Changing Places toilet.
Changing Places at Premier League Football Clubs
Posted on April 20, 2017