Space to Change

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The Space to Change concept has been developed to ensure that the personal hygiene needs of children and adults who need changing and lifting facilities for their personal care are met when away from home, as much as possible.

The British Standards recommended Changing Places provision is preferred where possible and provides space and equipment for people unable to use the conventional wheelchair-accessible toilets.

Space to Change provides alternative guidance where space is restricted, more likely to be the case in small buildings and refurbishments.

It encompasses a 7.5m2+ (3m x 2.5m min) wheelchair-accessible toilet that further includes an adult-sized changing bench and a hoist.

Space to Change Typical Layout
Space to Change Typical Layout


Even in #tightspaces there is room to provide a #benchandhoist

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Campaign Facts

  • 97% of families said changing my child is a problem
  • 86% of families said we’ve had to leave a venue early
  • 99% of families are more likely to visit a venue with better facilities
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Recent Reviews

  • Costa Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow

    This toilet was small, cramped and literally had no room to move around myself never mind with a disabled child.  The toilets were filthy and the baby changing unit was tiny…

    Jenny Morrison

    Glasgow, United Kingdom

  • Tesco, Knocknagoney

    I reviewed the Baby Changing room which has a nice long bench and was very clean - the baby changing inset is a bit annoying and uncomfortable but certainly not the worse. So it got a begrudgingly happy face.

    Leanne Hamilton

    Belfast, Northern Ireland

  • Donkey Sanctuary

    Perfect - spotlessly clean, full length changing bench, overhead hoist and shower. Delighted to be able to award my first Pink Space to Change Award.

    Maura McCrystal

    Draperstown, Northern Ireland

  • Ards Shopping Centre

    Great room that provides excellent facilities for breastfeeding mums and baby changing. With a little bit of work - this would be a perfect space to change a disabled child. I’ll be visiting them with my Space to Change hat on!

    Claire Smyth

    Newtownards, Northern Ireland

  • Asda, Newtownards

    Super - full length changing bench, very clean. Nappy bin and lots of space. I’d happily change Daniel here. Ideally, I’d like the bench slightly lower, but hopefully they might consider doing that.

    Claire Smyth

    Newtownards, Northern Ireland

  • Connswater Shopping Centre

    I gave this photo a happy smile - because it was OK! The baby changing facilities were large and clean. They had a long bench that certainly made life easier. BUT…
    With just a little investment this facility could be amazing, there’s plenty of room to put in a height adjustable changing bench! I’ll be going back with my Champions hat on!

    Claire Smyth

    Belfast, Northern Ireland

  • Tesco Springhill Bangor

    When I entered the baby changing rooms at Tesco, Springhill in Bangor, County Down I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of floor space in the changing room. The room is large enough to accommodate a wheelchair or SN Buggy as well as comfortably allowing the carer to change their child.

    Although the room is equipped for baby changing, it currently does not meet the standards required for level one of Space to Change. That said, all that is required is; tear off paper roll, a large changing mat and hygiene spray to qualify for level one.

    Champions, this business needs to get on board!

    Stephanie Gordon

    Bangor, Northern Ireland

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