Changing Places toilet at Densholme Farm

People with profound and multiple disabilities can now enjoy visits to Densholme Farm, near Hull, thanks to the installation of a Changing Places toilet and changing space. Decked out in bright lime green and orange and housed in a smart timber building, this makes an excellent example of using inclusive design to create a space that is accessible and with a great look and feel.

Changing Places toilet at Densholme Farm

How it happened

Densholme Farm has been actively involved in our Let Nature Feed Your Senses project, running sensory-rich visits to the farm over the last four years for people who face the toughest barriers to getting out and about. Plans for building a new Changing Places toilet evolved as part of the farm's plans to continue to support visits.

The key person behind the initiative is Denys Fell, owner of Densholme Farm. He and his team ran it through all the steps - finding a location, getting plans drawn up by local architects, liaising with the Sensory Trust local council to work out the design requirements, and seeking the funds to make it all happen. We are delighted that we were able to provide some of the funds from our Let Nature Feed Your Senses project.

The design is joyful as well as functional and shows that great design and accessible building design can, and should, go hand in hand.

The launch was a typical Densholme Farm day, full of laughter, and filled with so many people who are supporting the tremendous work going on at the farm.

Cutting the ribbons at the launch of Densholme Farm's Changing Places toilet

Densholme Farm's Changing Places toilet was launched on 12th April 2013; ribbon cutting (from left) Denys Fell, Cllr Jane Evison, Jane Stoneham and Kyle Winter.

More about Changing Places toilets

Changing Places toilets are different to standard accessible toilets with extra features and more space to meet the needs of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their carers. It includes a height adjustable changing bench, a hoist system, shower and space for a disabled person and up to two carers. These facilities make a crucial difference to families who otherwise struggle to find appropriate facilities and as a consequence often have to limit themselves to short visits, or not going out much at all. These facilities make it possible for such families to go out for the day.

The existance of these facilities in public places around the country is thanks to the great work of the Changing Places Consortium. We hope this example and the Changing Places facility at the Eden Project will inspire others to follow suit.

Key design features

  • Attractive, good quality design, no hint of institutional look and feel
  • Good visual contrast between fittings and walls (in this case white and black against orange and green)
  • Good sized sink with an easy to use lever tap, good contrast with the wall and adjustable height
  • Easy to use changing table with adjustable height and remote control
  • The hoist has a remote control and is on a multi-track so it can move anywhere in the room