‘Changing Places’ Changing Room and ‘Poolpod’ Officially Open!

Posted on 4 Feb 2020 in Centre Developments

Carn Brea Leisure Centre has today officially opened its improved swimming pool accessible changing room and Poolpod, a state of the art platform lift that transfers users from poolside into the water with comfort and dignity

This is a massive improvement on the existing facilities and will enable many new users the opportunity to access the swimming pools with greater comfort and dignity.

The Trust raised over £40k in funding from various national grant funding bodies with a £6509 contribution coming via Keep it in Cornwall for Kids, a local charity who fundraise for the benefit of children in the local community and also a contribution from Redruth Charity Trust who support local clubs, societies and groups in the TR15/TR16 area. JDS, a local building contractor and also one of the Centre's Community Sponsors carried out the improvements.

Standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability and the toilet facilities within the changing room have been upgraded to ‘Changing Places’ standard meaning members of the community with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis who need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably can now do so. 

Accessibility Cornwall, a local Cornwall based company that specialise in inclusive design have supported the Centre through the design and installation journey and will now be working with the Trust on the next stages of improvements that support customers with disabilities.

Alex Clifton, The Trust's Chief Executive Officer said "It’s fantastic that we’ve reached the point where we’ve improved accessibility to our swimming pools for members of the local community who have a disability or are affected by mobility issues. I can’t thank all our funders and other supporting businesses and colleagues enough for helping us make this happen”

Further details on what can be expected can be found at:

http://www.changing-places.org/

https://poolpodproducts.com/pool_platform_lift/

http://www.accessibilitycornwall.uk/

* Photo caption: Poolpod at Carn Brea Leisure Centre

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