Category: Changing Places

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 – fabricated by iHUS and 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

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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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.

Asda Cwmbran Achieves First Changing Places in Wales for the Supermarket Giant
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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.

Changing Places - Learning to Support Your Community at Naidex
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