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Changing times for Touchwood

SOLIHULL town centre needs better toilet facilities for people with learning disabilities - that’s the verdict of a leading charity.

SOLIHULL town centre needs better toilet facilities for people with learning disabilities - that’s the verdict of a leading charity.

Mencap has said that the current provision is “unacceptable” and want to see more accessible toilets introduced to the heart of the borough. Tomorrow (Saturday), the charity will be holding a special event in Mell Square - hoping to highlight the issue. Both Solihull Council and the Touchwood shopping centre have welcomed the feedback.

An information bus will be parked in Mell Square and volunteers will be asking shoppers to sign a petition - which calls for a Changing Places toilet to be installed in the town centre. This type of toilet differs from standard conveniences and is designed especially for people with severe learning disabilities.

Inside, the spacious room is equipped with a height-adjustable changing bench and a hoist.

Fran Dancyger, community development officer for Solihull, says: “It is unacceptable that people with profound and multiple learning disabilities who live in Solihull don’t have the right facilities and have to suffer the indignity of being changed on dirty toilet floors. Having a Changing Places toilets in Solihull would give people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their carers the freedom to enjoy a day out.”

Kate Wild, cabinet membet for community services and the environment, said: “We welcome the comments Mencap has raised about there being a need for these specialist Changing Places toilet facilities, as there are currently only two.”

 

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