Category: Changing Places

Naidex 2018 : How to Make the Most of Your Experience

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 [...]

April 12th, 2018

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

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 [...]

March 14th, 2018

Thinking Outside the Box; Modular Changing Places Solutions

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 [...]

March 5th, 2018

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

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, [...]

February 21st, 2018

Changing Places Toilet for Tesco Calne in Wiltshire

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 [...]

January 16th, 2018

Mayor of London Releases New Plans For Changing Places

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 [...]

January 12th, 2018

Mothers Action for Changing Places Featured on Sky News

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 [...]

January 8th, 2018

Two Goals and Two Changing Places Toilets for Chelsea FC

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 [...]

January 2nd, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May Urges Changing Places Toilets for New Buildings

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 [...]

December 15th, 2017

BBC on Changing Places: UK Retail Giants on Accessibility

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 [...]

November 29th, 2017

Church funds brand new Changing Places at local community centre

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. [...]

October 11th, 2017

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

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 [...]

July 19th, 2017

Crawley Success as crowd draws for OpeMed 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 [...]

June 23rd, 2017

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

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 [...]

June 12th, 2017

OpeMed near completion on brand new Changing Places in Crawley

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. [...]

June 9th, 2017

Deadlines Loom for Premier League 2017 Accessible Promise

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 [...]

May 5th, 2017