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Changing Places facility opens in Windsor Leisure Centre

Toilet and changing room facilities designed specifically for people with disabilities, and their carers, have opened at Windsor Leisure Centre.

Called Changes Places, they are larger than standard accessible toilet facilities with additional space to manoeuvre a wheelchair. They feature a toilet, a height-adjustable changing bench and wash basin, a ceiling track with hoist, as well as a privacy screen and shower.

The new facilities, at the Stovell Road leisure centre, have been installed thanks to a partnership between the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and the Leisure Focus Trust.

Its official opening also coincided with the annual Learning Disability Week, which this year has the theme of being seen, heard, and valued.

Andrew Durrant, Executive Director of Place Services at the Royal Borough, said: “We believe that no one should live a life with limitations, especially when taking part in physical activity at our leisure centres. Changing Places are designed to be completely accessible and provide sufficient space and equipment for people to use the facilities independently.”

Adrian Moorhouse, chair of trustees for the Leisure Focus Trust said: “We’re absolutely delighted that we’ve been able to install a Changing Places facility at Windsor Leisure Centre. This facility will mean the centre is more accessible to many more children, adults, schools, community groups and families. We’re grateful to the partnership with the council, and funding partners, who’ve made it possible for these important improvements to improve access to facilities in Windsor.”
Victoria Holt, Community and Development Manager at Optalis, the council’s adult social care provider, said: “It’s great there’s now a Changing Place facility at Windsor Leisure Centre. It means that people with a disability and/or additional needs and requirements can access their community more easily and with dignity.”
The Changing Places facility can also be used by the general public. See more details about it, and its opening hours, on the Changing Places website along with other similar facilities across the Royal Borough. https://www.changing-places.org/find