Bedford is one of the growing number of towns and cities in
the UK which have a ‘Changing Place’.
Most accessible disabled persons’ toilets do
not meet the needs of many disabled people. However, ‘Changing
Places’ toilets provide a height-adjustable adult-sized changing
bench, a hoist and plenty of space to meet the requirements of many
thousands of people living in the UK today, including an estimated
40,000 people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and
24,000 people with a spinal injury.
It was funded by the Borough Council through
an ‘Aiming High for Disabled Children’ grant and in partnership
with Bedford MENCAP. It was officially opened on by Bedford’s
Mayor, Dave Hodgson, on 1st July 2011.
Bedford’s ‘Changing Place’ is located on the
first parking floor of River Street multi-storey car park, close to the
disabled persons’ parking spaces, and served by three large lifts.
Access to the facility is by means of the ‘Help Point’ on the first
The ‘Changing Place’ is open during the car
park opening hours which are usually:
Monday to Saturday: 7.00am until 8.00pm
Sundays: 9.00am until 6.00pm.
For more details of ‘Changing Places’ see
MENCAP’s ‘Changing Places’ website.