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Change for the better: fantastic new facility for disabled people opens

05 May 2017

The opening of the new facility.

A state-of-the-art changing facility for people with disabilities has been opened by Rochdale Borough Council’s adult care service.

The specialist Changing Places toilet, which includes a hoist and a changing bench, is located on the ground floor of the council’s Number One Riverside building in Rochdale town centre and will transform the lives of hundreds of people with disabilities people and their families.

'The new facility underlines the council’s commitment to improving access to community facilities for people with disabilities and their families.'

Specially designed, with extra features and more space, the toilet is fully accessible with space, comfort and support, enabling people to use the facility safely and comfortably.

Tracey Little, project lead in the council’s adult care service, said: “We are proud to have installed a Changing Places specialist toilet in Rochdale ensuring disabled people across the borough have access to this fantastic facility. I am delighted about this installation, as it will make such a positive difference to the lives of so many people. It’s yet another success story delivered by the council’s adult care service.”

Anyone wishing to use the new facility can request the key from the customer service area at Rochdale Central Library in Number One Riverside. Opening times are Monday to Friday 9am–5.30pm and Saturdays 9am–5pm. Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Changing Places launched its campaign in 2006 on behalf people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. Its facilities are different to standard accessible toilets, as they have more space to meet the needs of people with profound and multiple learning difficulties. It’s estimated that there are around 250,000 people in the UK who cannot use standard accessible toilets.

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