Changing Places

The time for change is now


Standard disabled toilets do not meet the needs of thousands of people, including 40,000 people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). Without adequate facilities, families have to change the person they care for on a cramped and dirty toilet floor. The alternative is to limit outings to a few short hours, or not go out at all. Changing Places toilets have a height-adjustable changing bench, a hoist and plenty of space - and can make all the difference to someone with PMLD.

Watch our campaign video

More about the Changing Places campaign

Changing Places toilets have a height-adjustable changing bench, a hoist and plenty of space. Mencap is part of the Changing Places consortium and we believe that:

  • Changing Places toilets should be installed in all big public places, including shopping centres, arts venues, stations and airports, in addition to standard disabled toilets
  • Planning guidance and regulations should be updated to ensure all new buildings have to include a Changing Places toilet.
What we are doing

In collaboration with the Changing Places Consortium we are:

  • lobbying public places to install Changing Places toilets in their venues
  • campaigning for a change to building and planning regulations so new buildings have to include a Changing Places toilet. Read about our recent success in getting Changing Places toilets included in British Standard 8300:2009
  • mapping Changing Places. You can see a map of all the existing Changing Places toilets on the Changing Places website.

The Changing Places campaign is sponsored by Aveso.

Help us spread the word about Changing Places

There are now 514 Changing Places toilets around the UK that we know of, and most of them have been built because people like you campaigned for them to be installed. We need many more of these toilets to be built around the country so that the people who need them can lead the life we all take for granted.

For further information about the campaign and how you can get involved, please visit the Changing Places website


Bethan and Lowri's story

Lowri is 10 years old. Like many other girls her age, she loves getting out and about with her mum and the rest of her family.

Sara and Linda's story

Sara is 36. She is severely disabled with cerebral palsy and needs 24-hour care.

Hollie and Christian's story

Brother and sister Hollie, 20, and Christian, 23, love to go bowling, travel to different towns and visit museums and art galleries.