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Changing Places Toilets in Leeds
In June 2009 Tenfold made a deputation to Council about the provision of Changing Places toilets in Leeds. This has now resulted in a number of facilities being opened in Leeds.
Why do we need Changing Places toilets?
Thousands of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities cannot use standard accessible toilets. They need support from one or two carers to use the toilet, or a height adjustable changing bench where a carer can safely change their continence pad. They also need a hoisting system so they can be helped to transfer safely from their wheelchair to the toilet or changing bench.
Standard accessible toilets do not provide changing benches or hoists. Most are too small to accommodate more than one person. Without Changing Places toilets, the person with disabilities is put at risk, and families are forced to risk their own health and safety by changing their daughter or son on a toilet floor. This is dangerous, unhygienic and undignified.
Changing Places in Leeds
Changing Places facilities are now available at over 20 locations in Leeds, including:
- Leeds Arena
- Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre
- Hillside, in Beeston
- West Yorkshire Playhouse
- Tech North, in Chapeltown
- Heart, in Headingley
- Temple Newsam
- John Charles Aquatics Centre
- Armley Leisure Centre
- Morley Leisure Centre
- Leeds City Art Gallery (in the basement gallery shop and cafe)
Changing Places toilets can be identified by the sign in the picture above.
To search for Changing Places facilities near to you visit: www.changing-places.org