Over 250,000 disabled people in the UK rely on Changing Places toilets to use the bathroom safely and with dignity. But, less than 10% of sports venues have these facilities.
That leaves disabled people with complex needs or continence issues with three choices: stay at home, plan only very short trips out or face being changed on a public toilet floor. This isn’t right. Let’s change it!
Changing Places are accessible toilets for people with complex needs, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or motor neurone disease. They’re required to meet a defined standard, and must include an accessible toilet, height-adjustable basin, adult-sized changing bench and hoist.
Without these facilities, many disabled people must be laid on the floor of public toilets to be changed.
It’s undignified, unhygienic and puts care givers at risk of injury. In most cases, people will opt to stay at home rather than subject themselves and their loved ones to this.
Changing Places represent a significant quality of life improvement for those who need them – they mean disabled people can change, clean up, use the toilet and perform other important medical or hygiene tasks safely.
Our vision is to put a Changing Places toilet in every UK sports venue by 2030. We want to see a world where everybody can participate in or spectate their favourite sport free of the fear of having to leave early or being changed in dirty and unhygienic environments.
That’s why we’re campaigning to raise awareness, fighting to improve legislation, and supporting sports venues across the UK. Learn more ->
Take action and show your support
Share online with the hashtag #RiseForSport
Use our template to ask for support
Contact your local sports venue
Changing Places campaigners lie at the heart of #RiseForSport, but we’re also proudly supported by several professional athletes, including Luke Gale, Anne Wafula Strike MBE, Joe Leesley, Terri Harper, Toby Sims. and Jason Cunningham
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