21st November 2017
Macrobert Arts Centre and the University of Stirling have been working with PAMIS (promoting a more inclusive society) to install a brand new Changing Places Toilet (CPT) at the venue. This new facility, which is now open to the public, is specifically designed for people with profound and multiple learning difficulties and will allow even more people to get involved in the opportunities on offer at the Arts Centre and take up the opportunity to study at the University of Stirling.
Elizabeth Fuller (Venue Manager, Macrobert Arts Centre) had this to say:
‘This is an exciting step in our mission to open up the opportunities and experiences we offer to as many people as possible and we really appreciate the support given by the University of Stirling that has made the installation possible. Laura Rutherford got in touch last year asking us to get involved in the nationwide CPT campaign and ensure she could continue to bring her son Brody to Macrobert. They joined us for the official opening of our CPT, alongside Carolynne and her daughter Freya, who will benefit from this addition to our access provision. It was great to get the new CPT ready in time for the opening of our Christmas and during Spend a Penny for PAMIS week - the timing couldn’t be better.’
This installation is part of Macrobert Art Centre’s ongoing commitment to champion equalities, diversity and inclusion and remove access barriers to the arts – a key component of the organisation’s business plan. The absence of suitable toilets mean that people with complex disabilities who need assistance find it difficult to take part in activities such as going to the cinema, visiting the theatre, shopping or going out for a meal. Without a suitable changing bench and hoist, many people with complex needs have to be laid on unhygienic toilet floors or become trapped in their own homes.
Laura Rutherford, who was involved in the opening of the new facility commented:
‘I met with Elizabeth from the Macrobert Arts Centre in January to tell her about the Changing Places campaign and what these facilities mean to my family. She instantly understood the difference Changing Places toilets make for families like mine. They mean that we feel welcome and included. They are the difference between people being stuck at home or having the confidence to go out safe in the knowledge that they won't have to leave early or change their loved one on a public toilet floor or car boot. I'm so grateful to the Macrobert for listening and promoting access for all. Thanks so much.’