East Midlands Airport supports Changing Places campaign

East Midlands Airport, in conjunction with the Changing Places Consortium, will launch the first Changing Places toilet in a UK mainland airport on Monday 21st November 2011 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The newly installed facility has been designed to meet the needs of passengers who have profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and other passengers with severe disabilities who need the support of at least one carer, providing them with a safe and easy to use facility when travelling through the airport.

A group of organisations; including Mencap, PAMIS, Nottingham City Council, Centre for Accessible Environment, Dumfries & Galloway Council, Valuing People Support Team and the Scottish government formed the Changing Places Consortium in 2006 and have since campaigned for Changing Places fully accessible toilets to be installed in public areas, with the support from sponsor Total Hygiene.

Brad Miller, Managing Director East Midlands Airport said: “As part of our commitment to improving the passenger experience at the airport, we continually look at the facilities we provide to ensure they meet the needs of our passengers.

“From the moment the Changing Places team first approached us, we were proud to be able to support their campaign. We really admire and respect the work that Changing Places does and as an airport that caters for millions of passengers, it is essential that we work closely with such organisations, to provide a first class facility in our airport.”

The Changing Places Consortium have researched and designed a facility that includes features, such as a height-adjustable changing bench, an overhead track hoist; a peninsular toilet, privacy screens and increased space, giving passengers and their carers the facilities they require.

Martin Jackaman, Changing Places consortium member, comments: “The impact of a Changing Places toilet on the quality of life for people with PMLD and people with other severe disabilities who need the support of at least one carer is significant. We are delighted East Midlands Airport have installed a Changing Places toilet, it is fantastic step to making UK airports fully accessible. We hope that many other UK airports will now follow suit and see the importance of having a Changing Places toilet. “

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Notes to Editors

• The Changing Places toilet is the first facility to be installed in an airport on the UK mainland and has been solely funded by East Midlands Airport. The only other UK airport with a Changing Places facility is George Best Belfast City Airport.

• A Changing Places Toilet goes beyond the current Building Regulations for accessible toilets. A Changing Places toilet is a fully accessible toilet with the following additional equipment: a height-adjustable changing bench, an overhead track or mobile hoist; a peninsular toilet, privacy screen and enough space for up to two carers as detailed in British Standard BS800: 2009.

• The Changing Places consortium comprises Mencap, PAMIS, Centre for Accessible Environments, Nottingham City Council, Dumfries & Galloway Council, Valuing People Support Team and the Scottish Government. The ‘Changing Places Changing Lives’ campaign supports the rights of people with profound and multiple learning, and/or other physical disabilities, to access their community. For information and advice on changing places facilities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland email, ChangingPlaces@mencap.org.uk, for Scotland email, pamischangingplaces@dundee.ac.uk

• There are 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability and their families and carers by fighting to change laws and improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want. They are also one of the largest service providers of services, information and advice for people with a learning disability across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. People with a learning disability and their carers can find out more about Mencap’s services by calling Mencap Direct on 0300 333 111 or by visiting www.mencap.org.uk. For information and advice on Changing Places email: ChangingPlaces@mencap.org.uk

• PAMIS is a registered charity that supports people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their families across Scotland. PAMIS is the only UK organisation that works solely with people with Profound and multiple learning disabilities. They provide a range of services and projects including information and library service and campaigns for equity in services for people with profound and complex disabilities. To find out more about PAMIS services visit their website www.pamis.org.uk or contact them on 01382 385 154. PAMIS is a founder member of the Changing Places Consortium and campaigns for the provision of Changing Places facilities across Scotland and elsewhere. For information and advice on Changing Places in Scotland email: pamischangingplaces@dundee.ac.uk

• Total Hygiene sponsors the Changing Places campaign. The company has 50 years’ experience in delivering toileting solutions for less able people. Its Clos-o-Mat unit is the only unit of its type manufactured in the UK, the only one developed specifically for disabled people, and the only one to carry WRAS approval enabling legal connection to the mains water supply. Whilst not a requirement in BS 8300: 2009 it may be appropriate to install a Clos-o-mat in some Changing Places facilities. For further information visit www.clos-o-mat.com or email info@clos-o-mat.com.

Published on: 18/11/2011 15:27:02


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