Flushing away inequalities with £89,250 for Changing Places Toilets in Kirklees

Acessible toilet

We have secured government monies to support delivery of three new Changing Places Toilets.

Where will the new facilities be?

£89,250 from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities will be used to build new facilities in Dewsbury Market, Mirfield Library and Slaithwaite Civic Hall in partnership with Slaithwaite Civic Hall & Experience Community.

What is a Changing Places Toilet?

A Changing Places Toilet is an all-in-one facility. The facility caters for the needs of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities or with physical disabilities. Typically 12 meters square in size, it features a toilet that allows space for wheelchair users and their carers; a washbasin that is height adjustable; handrails; privacy curtains; a hoist for wheelchair users and a multi-purpose changing bench. All these features allow users to maintain their dignity and independence when out and about in our towns.

Councillor Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities said:

“Changing Places Toilets are a lifeline for people who often have to choose between going out and staying at home because of their needs. These new facilities will help to create inclusive communities by making our town centre places and spaces accessible for all.

“We are also reviewing existing changing places facilities with a view to upgrading them wherever possible so people can engage in leisure activities.”

Creating inclusive communities

Plans to build the new Changing Places Toilets are part of our wider review of existing facilities.

This work also aims to tackle inequalities, create more inclusive spaces and communities whilst enabling adults with disabilities to be more independent in their everyday life.

Funding to deliver the new facilities must be spent by March 2024.