Category: Changing Places

GUEST BLOG: Kerry Thompson Welcomes in the New Year!

Happy New Year hope everyone had a wonderful festive season! As we’ve said goodbye to the end of a decade welcoming in the 20’s I want to share with you all my highlights of 2019. It’s definitely been a whirlwind of a year, an amazing year. The beginning started off with a bang [...]

January 17th, 2020

Changing Places capital funding for NHS hospitals

Over 250,000 severely disabled people, including those with profound and multiple learning disabilities in the UK, cannot use standard accessible toilets. This number is set to increase in line with demographic trends (as people with very complex needs are living longer).There are currently over 1200 registered Changing Places toilets in the UK but provision on [...]

September 23rd, 2019

What is the Changing Places Consultation? & How can you be heard?

What is the Changing Places Consultation? & How can you be heard? We break down the complexities and share how to have your say! About the Consultation: On 24th December 2018, the Government announced the Changing Places Consultation - an intention to consult on how they can increase the provision [...]

May 16th, 2019

Major building rules change to improve accessibility – Consultation now open

Days out will be made easier for severely disabled people after a major change to building rules to improve accessibility, under government plans announced today.  Changing Places – will be made mandatory in new, or majorly refurbished, large buildings used by the public, under the proposals. Buildings covered include shopping centres, supermarkets, cinemas, hotels, hospitals, leisure centres, libraries, and arts [...]

May 14th, 2019

Government Launches Fund to Encourage Accessible Service Stations

Motorway service stations invited to apply for a share of £2 million in funding for fully accessible toilets. Department for Transport partnering with Muscular Dystrophy UK to fund new facilities, giving disabled people more confidence travelling on the roads. Investment is a key commitment in the Government’s Inclusive Transport Strategy. [...]

April 11th, 2019

Ross Hovey and the Importance of Changing Places in the Workplace

The Importance The Importance of Changing Places in the Workplace: The Changing Places campaign continues to go from strength to strength, with more public venues understanding the importance of installing fully accessible toilets. This year alone, the government has released £2 million of funding for motorway service stations to install [...]

April 10th, 2019

Discover somewhere new for Disabled Access Day!

What is Disabled Access Day? Disabled Access Day is held this year on the 16th March 2019 and is all about visiting somewhere that you’ve never been to before and trying something new in an atmosphere of cooperation, safety and fun. It’s about places helping to create opportunities, experiences and a warm [...]

March 15th, 2019

BIG NEWS – Government Make Changing Places Changes

BIG NEWS – Government make Changing Places changes with two big announcements in time for Christmas. The Department for Transport (DfT) announced in July 2018 that they were launching a fund of £2 million pounds to be offered to motorway stations across the UK which aims to provide equal access to [...]

December 24th, 2018

A Brighter Vue for Film-Goers Future

A Brighter Vue for Film-Goers Future; First Changing Places Toilet in Dedicated UK Cinema A trip to the cinema; the cornerstone of any date-night, child’s birthday party and the balm for boredom during the long summer holidays. Often combined with restaurants, fast-food, shopping malls and bowling, they are the pumping ventricles of evening [...]

December 3rd, 2018

Dispelling the whispers; Discover how Changing Places can be cost effective

Changing Places Toilets can change lives; allowing access to places most of us take for granted and offering dignity and basic human rights to some of the most vulnerable people. With Ceiling Hoist systems and electrically height adjustable equipment, such as the adult sized Changing Table and often a Washbasin, they [...]

October 12th, 2018

One Step Back, Two Steps Forward; Fleet Services Changing Places Rebuilt After Fire

One step back, two steps forward; Fleet Services Changing Places rebuilt after fire consumes the entire southside services. Over two years ago, OpeMed installed a Changing Places at Welcome Break Fleet Services; the fourth Changing Places toilet that we had assisted with at one of their Motorway Services. OpeMed have a long-standing relationship [...]

October 5th, 2018

SurveyPlan – Demonstrating the Best Solutions for Transfer and Care

SurveyPlan – Demonstrating the Best Solutions for Transfer and Care OpeMed’s SurveyPlan is a floor plan creation app that allows us to create dimensioned floor plans without actively measuring or drawing. With its Augmented Reality technology, we can capture spaces quickly and create simple layout designs to support your project. Add to [...]

August 8th, 2018

Let’s Make Some Noise for Changing Places Awareness Day 2018!

It’s that time of year again! A time for recognition and reflection. Changing Places Awareness Day, the brainchild of Aveso to boost the profile and periphery of the campaign, has come back around for its third annual occurrence. Thursday July 19th is the official day to celebrate the leaps made by the [...]

July 19th, 2018

Changing Places: Changing Lives – Best signposted 2017/8 in Crawley

Ryan Box Changing Places in Crawley County Mall has been voted to have the Best Sign-Posted Changing Places. Changing Places Toilets have been Changing Lives since 2006 and 12 years on, it’s great to see that there are more than 1,100 facilities in the UK. However, with over 1/4 million people in [...]

July 19th, 2018

Changing Places Campaign to be raised in the House of Commons

We are delighted to inform that on Wednesday 27th of June, the Changing Places Campaign was raised in the House of Commons. Paula Sherriff MP put forward a Ten Minute Rule Bill in the around access to Changing Places toilets and the provision for these toilets in the British Standards. This was a [...]

June 26th, 2018

Changing Places takes Centre Court at Wimbledon

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 [...]

June 6th, 2018

Looathon; Pants Down for Equality!

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 [...]

May 9th, 2018