Changing Places

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The BTA is proud and pleased to be a supporter of the Changing Places campaign. Working with the Changing Places Consortium, our organisation is hoping to help and assist everyone needing the enhanced provision of these toilets, that would help them to enjoy the day to day activities many of us take for granted.

21st February 2019


Local Government Minister Minister Rishi Sunak MP visited Arsenal FC’s stadium to raise awareness of Changing Places toilets. He met Arsenal fans Thomas, and his mum Barbara, for whom Changing Places are vital for Thomas’s experience at the stadium.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published a social media video from this visit to raise the issue further and highlight the government’s push to get more Changing Places toilets installed across the country. The video was published on our department’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

It would be wonderful if we could encourage lots of you to retweet the Twitter post (@MHCLG) and share the Facebook post (/MHCLG) to help to spread the word.

The visit was in light of the Government on 24th December 2019 announcing its intention to consult soon on making it mandatory to install Changing Places toilets in new, large buildings commonly used by the public. More information:

The Changing Places Consortium

The Changing Places Consortium is a group of organisations working to support the rights of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities to access their community. The Changing Places Consortium is campaigning for Changing Places toilets to be installed in big public places.

The members of the Consortium are:

The Changing Places Consortium launched its campaign on behalf of those people who cannot use standard accessible toilets.This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their carers, as well as many other disabled people. They need Changing Places toilets with enough space and the right equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist.

What exactly is a Changing Places Toilets?

Standard disabled toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability – or their carers.

People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as other serious impairments such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury, often need extra facilities to allow them to use the toilets comfortably.

Changing Places toilets are different to standard disabled toilets with extra features and more space to meet these needs.

Each Changing Places toilet provides:

EquipmentThe right equipment

– a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench

– a tracking hoist system, or mobile hoist if this is not possible.

Changing Places toiletEnough space

– adequate space in the changing area for the disabled person and up to two carers

– a centrally placed toilet with room either side for the carersChanging Places toilet

– a screen or curtain to allow the disabled person
and carer some

A safe and clean environment

– wide tear off paper roll to cover the bench

– a large waste bin for disposable padsChanging Places - New Interior Photograph

– a non-slip floor.

For more information on these types of toilets please contact us at:

The Changing Places Campaign is administered and promoted through:

The Campaign is sponsored by:

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