Hull City Council is to introduce Changing Places facilities to new and refurbished venues, as well as in Extra Care buildings to ensure that the city is accessible for everyone.
As Disability Awareness Day takes place across the country this Sunday (16 July) and Changing Places Awareness Day approaches on Wednesday 19 July, the council has announced that the facilities will be installed into new and refurbished venues including Hull New Theatre, Trinity Indoor Market, Hull Venue and Woodford Leisure Centre.
Alongside these city centre venues, new Extra Care facilities at Harrison Park on Orchard Park and Cecil Gardens on Hawthorne Ave include full Changing Places facilities and these will be open during public access times, whilst Redwood Glades on Leads Road will open in the Autumn.
Currently there are four Changing Places in the city, two of which are council run. The new additions will more than double the number of available locations across the city, opening up additional facilities for those who may need them.
Councillor Martin Mancey, Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment, Regeneration and Planning said:
“The council has committed a huge amount of capital funding to ensure the city is well-equipped for anyone living in or visiting the city to be able enjoy a whole host of attractions.
“By installing Changing Places we can ensure these venues can be enjoyed by everyone without any concerns.
“We’re delighted to be able to install the facilities and contribute to the growing number across the country, with almost 1,000 already registered with the Changing Places Consortium across the country.”
The new facilities are supported by the consortium and have been designed in accordance with official policy and design agreement.
It is expected the first of the new facilities will open with Hull New Theatre in September, followed by Trinity Market towards the end of the year, with Woodford and Hull Venue following in 2018.