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Muscular Dystrophy UK announced as the new co-chair of the Changing Places Consortium

Muscular Dystrophy UK have been announced new co-chair of the Changing Places Consortium, who have been leading the campaign for fully accessible toilets for over a decade.

The charity is taking over from Mencap to lead campaigning activity across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and will co-chair the Consortium alongside Promoting a More Inclusive Society (PAMIS), who lead activity in Scotland.

The Changing Places Consortium launched its campaign in 2006 on behalf of the over quarter of a million people in the UK who cannot use standard accessible toilets. Many people need to be able to access a Changing Places facility, which have more space and the right equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist.

Premier League Clubs with changing places facilities include Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Southampton, Watford, West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur (Wembley Stadium).

Level Playing Field General Manager, Ruth Hopkins said, “Everyone deserves the right to appropriate toilet facilities and Level Playing Field recognises the importance of Changing Places and the difference they can make in deciding whether someone actually attends a sporting event or not. LPF was instrumental in recommending that Changing Places are included in the Accessible Stadia Supplementary Guidance (published August 2015) and LPF access audits always recommend a Changing Places facility is provided at sports venues. We have been successful in seeing more of these facilities being installed across the country and particularly at Premier League football grounds in the past two years.”

“We have supported Mencap over the years with their Changing Places campaigns and we look forward to working closely with Muscular Dystrophy UK on this important project in the future.”

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