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Winner of Changing Places Toilet of the Year: The Usual Place Cafe, Dumfries

The Usual Place Café in Dumfries has won the award for the Best Changing Places Toilet in the UK, as voted for by members of the public.

Five years after launching the first Baby Changing Room Awards and sponsoring the National Childbirth Trust Baby Change App, Britain’s leading nappy cream brand Sudocrem is once again pioneering the way with a new category to recognise the importance of Changing Places toilets for disabled children.

There are 800,000 disabled children in the UK but only 1058 Changing Places toilets to meet their needs. This means that parents like Laura Rutherford, whose son Brody, 5, suffers from GDD, epilepsy, hypermobility and hypotonia, is forced to change her son on a toilet floor.

“Only having access to a baby changing table when your child is doubly incontinent means constant exclusions when you go out as a family. It’s heart breaking for us as parents and this is an issue that will sadly become harder and harder as he grows up. He is different not less. Time for change.”

The Usual Place won the award because they are one of the few establishments in the region to offer these facilities to their customers and the facility is kept clean and is very accessible. It gives all their customers the chance to enjoy a day out whilst ensuring their dignity is maintained.

Heather Hall, Chief Executive Officer Inspired Community Enterprise Trust, said “It is fantastic news that we have won the award for the Changing Places Toilet 2018 and the fact that we were nominated by our customers is incredible. We are one of a few places that can offer these facilities in our area. People who need access to Changing Places Toilets are always welcome at The Usual Place”.

Jenny Miller CEO of PAMIS explains, “We are thrilled that Sudocrem have recognized the needs of children with complex needs as they grow too large for baby changing facilities. Children and young people who require these facilities are often prevented from taking part in their communities by the simple things that we take for granted. In 2007, we cofounded the Changing Places Consortium and campaign to develop accessible facilities for the most disabled people in the UK. The Sudocrem award scheme is a great idea and we’re confident it’s going to make a big difference!

The winning facilities will receive an engraved plaque. Everyone who nominates their favourite facilities will also be entered in to a prize draw for the chance to win a short break at a family friendly hotel.

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