A new fully accessible toilet and changing room is to open in Tamworth as part of a national campaign with funding from Staffordshire County Council.
‘Changing Places’ toilets are for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as people with other physical disabilities and allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably.
The new facility will be in the former Christadelphian Hall on Offa Street in the town and will be supervised and maintained by Creative Choices CiC. The project is also being co-ordinated by Tamworth Boxing Club with £15,000 funding from the County Council
Staffordshire County Councillor, Ben Adams provided an additional £750 towards the project from his local community funding. Ben said:
“This is an important project that I am pleased to be able to support through my local community funding. Giving people their independence and allowing them to access more services is what we want to see and this new facility will help people do that.
“Tamworth Boxing Club and Creative Choices are together putting on so many more activities so it’s important we have suitable facilities for all members of the public. I would like to thank them for all their hard work on the project and look forward to getting the facility open later in the spring.”
Alan Keast, Manager at Tamworth Boxing Club said: People with learning disabilities, as well as people with other physical disabilities often need extra facilities to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably.
“Our Changing Places toilet will have more space than other accessible toilets and extra facilities, including a hoist system and an adjustable adult-sized changing bench and we’re delighted with the proposed new facility.”
Sally Shorrock, Director, at Creative Choices said:
“The new facility will make a huge difference to lots of people with disabilities. We already provide many services for people with a disability in the local community and this now means people can be confident that suitable facilities are near at hand.”
The new facility is due to open in late spring 2017.