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“Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Changing Places Together”

July 19th 2016 marks 10 years since the Changing Places campaign was officially launched!

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We thought this was a great opportunity to celebrate all that the campaign has achieved and help raise more awareness of the life changing difference Changing Places toilets make to the lives of thousands of people every single day.

As co-sponsors of the Changing Places campaign (Aveso Ltd) we have teamed up with The Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) to run a free CPD style training session at the Barbican Centre to give technical advice to access consultants looking to increase their knowledge of Changing Places.   This technical presentation is aimed to give professionals a chance to learn more about what Changing Places are, what makes them so important to people and their social lives, and understand how to optimise the use of space for the provision of accessible toilets.Changing_Places_CPD_Session.jpg

Those traveling from outside of London can make a day of it and check out the Barbican Exhibition: Designing for a Living City or sign up for a Barbican Architecture TourMuseum of London is also around the corner.

Click here to book your place.

We want as many people as possible to take part in Changing Places Awareness Day and there are lots of things you can do to get involved.  Here are a few ideas…

Download and share our 10th anniversary booklet which celebrates everything the campaign has achieved since 2006 thanks to the incredible support of our passionate campaigners.

Snap a CPselfie! Take a photo of yourself in or near a Changing Places toilet and share on Facebook and Twitter using #CPSelfie. If you want to go further, why not print off Alison’s amazing CPselfie kit! We will be using all the photos for something special on the 19th July…

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Print off some Changing Places bunting or flags (or CPselfie kits!) and host a birthday party for the campaign with your friends and family.

Support the Changing Places thunderclap using Twitter and/or Facebook!

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We want you to get creative and spread awareness of Changing Places in your area.  Here are a few ideas of other things you could do, or you can get creative and come up with your own ideas too.

  • Do you write a blog?  How about writing a ‘blog in a bog’?!  You could write about what Changing Places mean to you from the comfort of your toilet and perhaps film a vlog for YouTube!
  • Spend the night in a Changing Places toilet (please make sure you get permission first and vacate when it is needed!)
  • Walk from one Changing Places to another carrying a Changing Places banner or flag to highlight the distance between some Changing Places.  How far would you go?
  • Record the amount of times you or the people at your work go to the toilet in a day.
  • Wear blue and white to support the Changing Places campaign.
  • Spend some time outside a Changing Places toilet near you and hand out flyers to explain what Changing Places are and why they are needed.
  • Join in the conversations on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #IncLOOsion, #CPAD and #ChangingPlaces and tell people where you would like more Changing Places toilets and what they mean to you.
  • Visit a Changing Places you’ve not been to before and share your photos and comments.
  • Change your social media profile pictures to the Changing Places Awareness Day Logo.

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There are also a number of planned events happening all over the UK.  Why not join in with one of them?

London: Mike LeSurf, Changing Places Development Officer and Raymond Martin, Managing Director of the British Toilet Association, are planning to run between 4 Changing Places toilets in London!  If anyone wants to join them on the run then do get in touch.  Link here.

London: The Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) will be taking people on a tour around the Barbican Centre to explain more about the history of Changing Places, what they are and why they are needed.

London: Changing Places campaign sponsors Aveso Ltd will be running a free CPD style training session at the Barbican Centre to give technical advice to access consultants looking to increase their knowledge of Changing Places. Click here to book.

Derbyshire: Accessible Derbyshire are holding a 23k race on two Boma7 all-terrain wheelchairs from the village of Cromford to the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield.

Newcastle: Sarah Mitchell, supporter and campaigner who runs the Changing Places Facebook Page, will be visiting 10 Changing Places to spread awareness of the facilities around Newcastle.  Sarah will be telling everyone she meets about Changing Places and posting regular updates.

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Manchester: Dawn Fidler, founder of the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity, will be supporting the first Changing Places Awareness Day by holding a party inside a Changing Places toilet in Manchester!

Retford: There will be a photoshoot with campaigners and local councilors at the public toilets on Chancery Lane at 12noon to mark the construction launch of their new Changing Places thanks to Alison Beevers and her Retford Changing Places campaign.

Shropshire: A photoshoot will be taking place within the new Changing Places toilet at the National Trust Attingham Park venue.

Glasgow: BBC Ouch will be broadcasting a special live Facebook podcast about Changing Places in Scotland

Online: The official Changing Places web app will be launched for people to locate their nearest Changing Places toilet whilst on the go. Visit www.uktoiletmap.org on the day to see instructions on how to download straight to your smartphone or tablet!

Online: Visit England will be tweeting about the event on the day too so keep an eye out at @VisitEnglandBiz.  Euan’s Guide will be tweeting and blogging about Changing Places on their website.

Are you doing something to celebrate the 10th birthday? If so, we want to hear all about it.

You can also now download a PDF of this complete event guide here

Find out more about how Astor-Bannerman can help with all your Changing Places equipment needs today here and contact us today for your free siteassessment here.

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