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Proact Hosting First National Changing Places Conference

18 February 2015

The first-ever national Changing Places conference is taking place at the Proact Stadium this weekend.

Speakers, campaigners and guests are gathering from across the country for the event on Saturday. The stadium itself has a Changing Places facility in The HUB, which is used by football fans and those attending organisations based there including MacIntyre and Leonard Cheshire Disability.

It was recently announced as the 700th Changing Places facility in the country and has been nominated as the best in the country for the People's Choice Award. This particular facility was nominated due to the fact that it has truly enabled the club to act as a community hub. The winner of the award will be announced at the conference.

During the day, attendees will be able to celebrate what has been achieved around the country on Changing Places provision, hear the latest news and plan for the future via a combination of presentations and interactive workshops.

A representative of Accessible Derbyshire will act as one of the guest speakers on the day. Accessible Derbyshire co-founder Jane Carver said: "Changing Places facilities are special toilets that are needed by 250,000 people in this country and for which I have campaigned for the past 12 years. 

"A Changing Places toilet is a large, hygienic space with a height-adjustable changing bench, a hoist, a loo and a sink. Thanks to local campaigning there are now a number of these toilets across Derbyshire plus a mobile Changing Place unit available to hire from Derbyshire County Council. There are also over 600 Changing Places nationwide. 

"Changing Places are not just toilets - they are the key to a world of opportunity for some of the most vulnerable and deserving people in our community. What matters now is that more people are made aware of the need for them, that more are provided and that the people who do need them have the knowledge and confidence to get out there and use them."
 
Further information on Changing Places in the area can be found by visiting www.accessiblederbyshire.org or www.changing-places.org. Alternatively, please visit the Derbyshire County Council website.




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