Changing Places in City Hall
11 Jan 2019
Finding Changing Places for people with profound and multiple physical and learning disabilities just got easier in Belfast city centre with a new facility opening in the City Hall.
Lord Mayor, Councillor Deirdre Hargey, and Changing Places representative, Micheala Hollywood, inspected the new facility ahead of its opening for use. It provides a clean, secure and easily accessible space for changing and toileting in the heart of the Belfast City Centre.
The Changing Places facility offers:
Height-adjustable adult sized changing bench
Centrally placed toilet with space either side
Access to the facility is available Monday-Sunday between 9am-10pm. During normal business hours Monday-Friday 9am-5pm a swipe card to access the new facility will be available from City Hall Reception. Outside of these hours security staff at the rear entrance on Donegall Square South will provide access.
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Hargey, said: “I am delighted to open this facility in Belfast City Hall. As a council we are determined to ensure this historic civic building is open to everyone.
“I recently launched my Belfast for All charter so it is vital that the rights and dignity of all our citizens is respected and providing facilities for such basic activities as toileting and changing is part of that.
“We look forward to the Changing Places facility being well used. Its provision has been carried out as part of the wider work to increase accessibility to the City Hall and Grounds. Extensive accessibility work has also been completed recently at the Cenotaph in City Hall,” added the Lord Mayor.
Rob Burley, Director of Campaigns, Care and Support at Muscular Dystrophy UK, which co-chairs the Changing Places Consortium, said:
“We are delighted that Belfast City Hall has registered a Changing Places toilet and hope that other venues will follows its example and commit to installing these much-needed facilities.
“Without access to Changing Places toilets, more than a quarter of a million people are faced with a choice of not going out or lying on a dirty toilet floor to get changed. By building more Changing Places toilets, we can tackle the exclusion that many disabled people face.”