New Changing Places Toilet at Weston Park Museum
As part of work to ensure that Sheffield’s museums and galleries are welcoming to everyone, a Changing Places Toilet has been installed at Weston Park Museum.
Funded by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities with support from Sheffield City Council and in association with Muscular Dystrophy UK, the facility is the first in the city to be installed as part of the Government’s Changing Places fund.
People with profound and multiple learning disabilities or with physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis often need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably. This new Changing Places toilet at Weston Park Museum is the first to be installed in one of the city’s parks, making the museum and the surrounding greenspace accessible to even more people in the city.
The purpose-built facility, which will be accessible during museum opening times, includes a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, a tracking hoist system and adequate space in the changing area for a disabled person and up to two carers.
“The city’s museums are for everyone and we want to make sure that all our visitors have the best experience possible. We’re really pleased to be able to provide this essential facility at Weston Park Museum and are grateful to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Sheffield City Council and Muscular Dystrophy UK,”Jim Lowe, Head of Operations at Sheffield Museums
“This is another important milestone for one or our most beautiful parks. Access for all is vital and a Changing Places toilet in the museum will have a hugely positive impact on both park and museum goers, improving their ability to visit and fully access the park. It’s really welcome news.”Councillor Richard Williams, Chair of Communities, Parks and Leisure Committee