Changing Places Workshop

Changing Places Workshop 2017-10-10T16:45:35+00:00

Duration: 3 days


There are over 250,000 people in the U.K. who need changing when they are out. In the past this has meant that they face a choice between staying at home, going out for just a couple of hours at a time or face the prospect of being changed on a public toilet floor: something which is unhygienic, undignified and unacceptable in 21st century Britain.

Changing Places changes all that, providing large, hygienic spaces equipped with a height-adjustable changing bench and hoist meaning that those who need them can be changed with dignity.

This three hour workshop explains the need for Changing Places as well as the costs, benefits and opportunities associated with provided one of these special facilities.


By the end of the workshop you will have:

  • Understood what Changing Places are, who needs them and why
  • Increased your awareness of the specification, benefits, costs and management issues involved with providing a Changing Places facility
  • Learned from the experience of our Changing Places campaign in Derbyshire
  • Had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues
  • Developed an action plan for the way forward

A few Changing Places facts:

  1. Jane Carver was one of the first people in the country to begin campaigning for Changing Places facilities back in 2003 and was one of the Founder members of the Derbyshire County Council Changing Places Working Group
  2. Accessible Derbyshire has continued to be a member of this group
  3. Derbyshire now has 25 Changing Places toilets: more than the total of number of Changing Places in the rest of world outside the U.K. put together.
  4. Our charity Accessible Derbyshire successfully brought the first ever debate on Changing Places to Parliament through Toby Perkins MP in 2015
  5. Accessible Derbyshire initiated the first ever National Changing Places day in 2016 which is now an annual event held on July 19th each year.

What do people say about this workshop?

“Jane and Gillian’s vast personal knowledge and experience of accessibilty issues, excellent communcation skills and friendly nature would be a real asset to any organisation.”

Martin Jackaman, Changing Places Consortium Member and Guardian Public Servant of the Year 2007