Weymouth TIC Transformed Into New Facility For The Disabled
9:12am 6th September 2012
(Updated 11:49am 7th September 2012)
Weymouth's old tourist information centre's been transformed into a new facility for people with severe disabilities.
£40,000 been spent on creating a changing room and toilets with a hoist for people with profound and multiple learning difficulties.
It is also suitable for disabled people who are unable to easily transfer from their wheelchair to a toilet or changing mat without the use of a hoist.
The Changing Places facility on Weymouth Esplanade is equipped with:
- A height adjustable adult-sized changing bench
- A hoist
- Adequate space in the changing area for the disabled person and up to two carers
- A centrally placed toilet with room either side for carers
- A screen/curtain to allow the disabled person and carer some privacy
- Wide tear off paper roll to cover the bench
- A large waste bin for disposable pads
- A non slip floor
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Social Inclusion brief holder Cllr Kate Wheller said: "It is fantastic that Weymouth has this purpose built facility. We want to offer disabled residents and visitors to Weymouth Beach an enjoyable and comfortable experience when visiting the borough. It is important that disabled people have access to suitable facilities for their needs."
She added: "As host of the Paralympic sailing events it is great to have top class facility as part of our Paralympic legacy."
Paul St Quintin, Commissioning Manager at Dorset County Council, said: "Dorset Learning Disability Partnership Board, which provided the funding, is delighted that this new facility has opened to benefit both visitors to the town and local residents.
"Following the national Mencap campaign there are now well over 100 Changing Places nationally and we would like to see them installed as standard in all buildings that are used regularly by the public."