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20 October 2017

Real life stories

Read how Changing Places are Changing Lives 

"My name is Leroy Binns. I work in the Campaigns and Policy team as a campaigns assistant and on the Changing Places campaign. Mencap is also part of the Changing Places consortium.
What have I been doing on the Changing Places campaign?

 

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Fiona is 31 years old and enjoys a variety of activities, including shopping, bowling, and visiting friends. However, Fiona is often unable to get and about to do the things she loves – simply because there is nowhere for her to use the toilet.
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Craig is 19 years old, from Angus, Scotland. He loves visits to the cinema, ten pin bowling and animal parks. Like any teenager, he loves to go shopping for clothes, DVDs and music. Craig is an outdoor person, and loves going out and about for the day.
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Joyce is 33 and is events and promotions officer for the organisation PAMIS. Joyce really enjoys her work – which has only been made possible because a Changing Places toilet has been installed in the building she works in.

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Simon is a young man who lives in Cambridge. He has a profound learning disability, epilepsy and scoliosis. He is a wheel-chair user who needs 24-hour support with all aspects of his care, including going to the toilet.

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Matthew is 16 years old, from Wrexham and enjoys doing lots of activities, like going to concerts or on day trips. But Matthew faces great difficulty when he wants to go out and do things – because he can never find a toilet that meets his needs.

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Sara Brett, 36, from Nottingham, is severely disabled with cerebral palsy and needs 24-hour care. Sara lives in her own bungalow and receives many hours of support from her sister, Linda.

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Jonathon is 9 years old and is severely autistic. He needs to use a Changing Places toilet when he is out and about, so he can lie down on a changing bench and be safely changed. But the lack of Changing Places toilets in public places means that going out is a stressful experience for him and his family.

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Kunal is cared for by his mum. When they are out in the community they need to use a Changing Places toilet. Kunal is a tall, well-built man and needs a hoist to transfer him from his wheelchair to the changing bench – it is impossible for his mum to lift him. But there are no Changing Places facilities that Kunal can use.

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My name is Sam and I am a student. A few years ago I was privileged to care for Thomas – a disabled boy with cerebral palsy. Thomas was 10 years-old when we went on an organised holiday, travelling all around the north west.

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