Category: 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.

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

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.

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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

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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.

3rd Visit from Royal Family at Surrey Wildlife Trust Changing Places
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Changing Places at Premier League Football Clubs

Posted on April 20, 2017

Premier League Football Clubs are in the press again today, this time through the BBC, highlighting that the Clubs still have a long way to go from their promises and their self imposed deadline of August 2017.

Nick Kent, Managing Director of OpeMed says “We are proud to sponsor the Changing Places campaign as well as manufacture the key equipment and are more than willing to help the Premiership Clubs achieve their self imposed deadline of August 2017. We have installed Changing Places in many Premiership Stadiums, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Southampton, Arsenal as well as Brighton & Hove and Chesterfield, with many more to come. Please do contact us for help in finding the right solution to provide these vital facilities”.

Premier League Changing Places installed by OpeMed
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Asda Cwmbran Achieves First Changing Places in Wales for the Supermarket Giant

Posted on March 29, 2017

Working with Adsa in building the first Changing Places in any of their Welsh stores has been a satisfying journey.

Asda Cwmbran, following a £2m refurbishment, has had its standard disabled toilet swapped for a brand new Changing Places facility. This includes an OT200 Ceiling Hoist, a Height Adjustable Changing Table, Height Adjustable Washbasin and a specialist Wash/Dry toilet.

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Winner Announcement: People’s Choice Changing Places Award 2016

Posted on March 22, 2017

We have a winner!

We are thrilled to announce that the People’s Choice Changing Places Toilet of the Year 2016 has been revealed as Cornwall Services, in a landslide win for the service station in St Austell, Cornwall.

Rachel George and her son Adam are both active campaigners for Changing Places and hoist / changing assisted toilets for those with additional needs in Cornwall (follow her online blog here). They were delighted to present the award to Alex Lawson of Cornwall Services today for being the People’s Choice Changing Places of 2016.

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Royal Visit to OpeMed Installation as The Queen Unveils Renovated National Army Museum

Posted on March 17, 2017

Her majesty the Queen delighted officials as she unveiled the newly renovated National Army Museum with brand new Changing Places facilities.

Her visit held a special personal significance for during her tour the Queen, who turns 91 next month, came face-to-face with the Army uniform she wore as a young princess during the Second World War.

National Army Museum Unveiled by The Queen

Image courtesy of www.royal.uk/queen-reopens-national-army-museum 

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OpeMed Works with Tesco’s on 3rd Changing Places

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OpeMed are proud to be partnering with Tesco’s on the installation of their Changing Places roll-out at facilities at Slough, Stourbridge and most recently Milton Keynes.

 The Changing Places rooms include an OT200 Ceiling Hoist, Height Adjustable Changing Table, Height Adjustable Washbasin and Privacy Screen among the other ancillary items that make up a Changing Places.

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Changing Places – Learning to Support Your Community at Naidex

Posted on March 14, 2017

Would you like to see a Changing Places in your local Supermarket? Town Hall? Leisure Centre? Tourist Attraction? Keen to improve accessibility for those whose needs aren’t met by a standard disabled toilet?

Following the success of our on-going roll out programme for Changing Places with Tesco, Asda, Welcome Break and Premier League Football Clubs to name a few, OpeMed has secured itself as the go to for design advice, installation and servicing of Changing Places facilities Nationwide.

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Google Photos: Illustrating the Best of OpeMed

Posted on March 10, 2017

Google Photos is a simple website for storing, editing and sharing photos. But it’s also one of the best tools to get more out of imagery.

Working with patient transfer equipment, we have found picture galleries showing our products in situ have been really valuable to our customers. It helps to combat myths that equipment can be intrusive or unattractive when installed. Using this service has been a powerful tool allowing our customers to both gain a greater insight to our product range and allow our Product Specialists to be able to demonstrate some of the complexities with an easy to use gallery.

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Brighton and Hove FC Scores Access and Inclusion Award

Posted on January 27, 2017

Congratulations are in order to Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club for receiving the accolade of the Centre of Excellence Award; The American Express Community Stadium is the second stadium in the English Football League and fourth in the country to achieve the award, alongside Wembley, Pride Park and the Emirates.

The LPF Centre of Excellence Award is given to sporting venues that demonstrate the highest access and inclusion standards in accommodating disabled spectators and visitors on match and non-match days.

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Could times be changing? #ChangingPlaces discussed in House of Commons!

Posted on January 18, 2017

Only yesterday we wrote about the new BBC article “Disabled access: Premier League clubs may face sanctions over lack of improvement” and the changes that were beginning to happen on that front. Today we are delighted to report #ChangingPlaces discussed in House of Commons yesterday evening, highlighting many important issues and discussing how the Changing Places campaign can move forward.

Speaking to many members of the house of commons, Jonathan Reynolds MP (Stalybridge and Hyde, Labour (Co-op) brought forward the subject “Community toilet facilities for people with disabilities” and outlined the importance of these facilities.

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Disabled access: Premier League clubs may face sanctions over lack of improvement – BBC Article

Posted on January 16, 2017

The BBC earlier today released an article ” Disabled access: Premier League clubs may face sanctions over lack of improvement” discussing the desperate changes needed in the grounds of Premier League football clubs.

 

The article outlines how Premier League clubs are prioritising finance over improving access and should face legal action if they fail to meet the needs of disabled fans, according to a new report. Several clubs including Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford are likely to miss a deadline on meeting basic standards.

 

The Culture, Media and Sport select committee says it is unconvinced the league would punish clubs itself. However, the Premier League says it is “working extremely hard” on access.

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BBC Discuss Upcoming OpeMed Changing Places Project

Posted on January 4, 2017

OpeMed’s imminent Changing Places project at Crawley Shopping Centre was the topic of discussion on the BBC Breakfast television show this morning.

Following the theme of the recent headlines, detailing Paralympian Anne Wafula-Strike being forced to wet herself due to a lack of disabled toileting facilities, Changing Places and their importance to the disabled community was at the centre of the debate.

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Disabled toilets: When does accessible not mean accessible? – BBC Coverage

Posted on November 22, 2016

Media coverage for the Changing Places Campaign is always encouraging. Seeing the BBC support and promote Changing Places shows how far the campaign has come in the 10 years it has been running.

The article Disabled toilets: When does accessible not mean accessible? details what makes a Changing Places facility and outlines how it is superior to standard disabled toilets; they just don’t meet the mark for those with additional needs such as a hoist and changing bench, and fail to offer the space required to manoeuvre a powered wheelchair.

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Changing Places Champions!

Posted on November 1, 2016

Last week we ran our Championing Changing Places days and were delighted to meet all the new campaigners looking to start their journeys. We hope that you now feel armed with tools and tips to begin your campaigning for Changing Places toilets in your local area.

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Samantha Buck and Alison Beevers for sharing your empowering stories and strategies. We would also like to thank Mike LeSurf (CP Consortium), Sarah Mitchell (CP Facebook Page Manager) and Martin Jackaman (CP Co-Founder) for all of your contributions.

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Visits Made Easy at Etihad Stadium with New Changing Places

Posted on October 21, 2016

Over the last few years we have been working hard to promote and install Changing Places across the UK. Changing Places is a campaign on behalf of people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound learning disabilities, their carers, as well as other disabled people. They need Changing Places toilets with space and the right equipment- including a full room covering Ceiling Hoist and a height adjustable Changing Bench.

In 2014 OpeMed and Astor Bannerman began the joint venture: Aveso and became the official Changing Places Sponsors. Since then our installations have been seen in Airports, Stadiums, Tourist Attractions, Leisure Centres and more.

Visits Made Easy at Etihad Stadium with New Changing Places
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