Tewkesbury Borough Council has received funding for new fully-accessible disabled toilet facilities in Tewkesbury.

The council received £25,000 following an application to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to install a Changing Places facility at Tewkesbury Methodist Church.

Changing Places provides state-of-the-art toilet facilities designed for people who cannot access a standard public toilet, and come with additional equipment such as hoists, adult-sized changing benches and space for carers. This will be the first Changing Places toilet in Tewkesbury Borough.

Tewkesbury Methodist Church’s Council Secretary, Jean Davies, said: “We are delighted that a Changing Places toilet facility will be installed in our church and appreciate the support we’ve received from the borough council with the funding application.

“The facility will be an important and necessary addition to the town for both residents and visitors.”

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s lead member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Richard Stanley, said: “People with disabilities often feel unable to leave home and attend public spaces with confidence. Changing Places toilets increase their independence and the sense of freedom that many take for granted.

“I’m delighted that, thanks to this funding, we will be providing these state-of-the-art facilities and I am certain they will improve the quality of life of the disabled and their carers within Tewkesbury Borough.”

To find out more about Changing Places toilets, visit: changing-places.org

Category: Community