CHANG­ING PLACES

West Lothian Courier - - District News -

Liv­ingston De­signer Out­let has in­vested in a new fa­cil­ity that will in­crease the num­ber of fully ac­ces­si­ble ‘Chang­ing Places’toi­lets in West Loth­ian from two to three.

Chang­ing Places are mod­i­fied toi­lets which have more space and the right equip­ment, in­clud­ing a height ad­justable chang­ing bench and a hoist, to meet the ad­di­tional needs of peo­ple with pro­found and mul­ti­ple learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease, mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, cere­bral palsy, as well as older peo­ple.

The Chang­ing Places Con­sor­tium was launched in 2006 on be­half of more than 250,000 peo­ple who can­not use stan­dard ac­ces­si­ble toi­lets. The Con­sor­tium was co-founded by PAMIS (Pro­mot­ing a More In­clu­sive So­ci­ety), the only or­gan­i­sa­tion in Scot­land that works solely with peo­ple with mul­ti­ple learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and their fam­i­lies for a bet­ter life.

The new fa­cil­ity was of­fi­cially opened by Liv­ingston De­signer Out­let’s com­mer­cial di­rec­tor, An­gus Fyfe, and Fiona Souter from PAMIS. The char­ity is cam­paign­ing this week as part of its an­nual Spend a Penny cam­paign which raises aware­ness of the need for Chang­ing Places toi­lets across the UK. Karen Ste­wart, cen­tre man­ager at Liv­ingston De­signer Out­let, said: “We’re proud to be open­ing a Chang­ing Places fa­cil­ity at Liv­ingston De­signer Out­let, en­sur­ing an in­clu­sive ex­pe­ri­ence for all of our cus­tomers.”

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