Published: 20 November 2023
A new, fully accessible Changing Places toilet has been installed and opened at K2 Crawley helping increase the ability of people with complex needs to use local facilities.
Changing Places toilets (CPTs) are specially equipped for people with significant learning and physical disabilities, and their carers, to use safely and with dignity.
The council was awarded £97,000 from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to install two new CPTs. Additional financial support was also provided by Autism Support Crawley and Everyone Active, operators of the leisure centre.
As well as K2 Crawley, a CPT has been fitted and opened at The Hawth.
Larger than a standard accessible toilet, a CPT offers more space to accommodate two carers and a person, and includes a height-adjustable toilet, sink, an adult-sized changing bench and hoist. Because it’s a leisure centre, K2 Crawley has also included a shower.
Our government grant to install new Changing Places toilets was aimed to directly increase the accessibility of leisure activities and it is with some pride that we have completed this work. A Changing Places toilet at K2 Crawley means people with complex needs using the centre, Tilgate Park or nearby can get to the specialist facility there.
Councillor Chris Mullins
Cabinet member for Leisure and Wellbeing
Crawley Borough Council
I’m delighted to see the completion of the Changing Places facilities at K2 Crawley. These changing amenities will make the centre more accessible to the local community, providing a better experience for all user groups.
There are now four CPTs in the town, and two at Gatwick airport. They are registered by a consortium of not-for-profit organisations, and there are nearly 2,000 CPTs across the UK.
This is a cause very close to our hearts and it is wonderful that Crawley is now relatively well catered for. We are delighted to be able to support the installation at K2 Crawley which will be of great benefit not only to many of our members, but for the wider community as well to ensure that this great facility is truly accessible for all.
Autism Support Crawley