Yes! Merton CIL thrilled by 'incLOOsion' at new leisure centre
Here at Merton CIL we welcome the confirmation from Merton Council that a Changing Places facility will be included in the new Morden Leisure Centre, due to open this Autumn.
In addition to the dedicated Changing Places room which will include an accessible toilet and shower, changing table and hoist, Merton CIL are also excited by the confirmation of other access features at the leisure centre such as a ‘pool pod’. This is a special platform by the pool which gives ease of access for Disabled swimmers to get in and out of the water.
We would like to thank everyone who contacted the Council, and who shared their stories, comments, concerns, and support for the inclusion of a Changing Places facility. It has been amazing to see how people from across the community came together to ask for incLOOsion in Merton, and made it happen!
You can read Merton Council's statement about the new leisure centre here: https://news.merton.gov.uk/2018/06/21/new-leisure-centre-on-track-for-autumn-opening/
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Telephone: 0744 936 2233
More about Merton CIL
We are a user-led Deaf and Disabled people’s organisation supporting local Deaf and Disabled people. We provide Advice and Advocacy services and we support our members to speak up on the issues which matter to them, like this one. You can find out more about us here: www.mertoncil.org.uk
More about Changing Places
Standard accessible toilets (or "disabled toilets") do not provide changing benches or hoists and most are too small to accommodate more than one person. Without Changing Places toilets, families can be forced to risk their own health and safety and that of their loved one by changing them on a toilet floor. Changing Places are also useful for a wide range of Disabled people, in addition to people needing the hoist or table. For example, having a toilet in the middle of the room instead of the corner means a wheelchair user can independently transfer from either side of the toilet. You can find out more about Changing Places here: http://www.changing-places.org/
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