Aldingbourne Trust, a local award winning charity that supports people with learning disabilities to have the same opportunities as everyone else to live independent lives, has built new facilities.
Amiri Construction were commissioned to build the Trust’s new development build on site at the Country Centre. This new development will be instrumental to the Trusts future and will enable them to continue to develop partnerships with local businesses and make greater links with the community. The new café, shop and conference facilities will mean that the people supported by the Trust will develop their skills, open up opportunities for employment and lead independent lives.
As well as a new café, shop and conference facilities, the most exciting and important part of the new building is Changing Places.
As the Trust support adults with learning disabilities – they know how important it is for families to be able to enjoy a great day out. Over a 1/4 million people need “Changing Places” to enable them to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted so in the new building there will be changing facilities that anyone with a disability can use. Changing Places provide:
- A height adjustable changing bench
- A tracking hoist system
- Adequate space in the changing area for the disabled person and up to two carers
- A centrally placed toilet with room either side for the carers
- A screen or curtain to allow the disabled person and carer some privacy
- A non-slip floor
Mum, Sarah Gooderham told us “ we are so excited to be able to visit as a family. In the past we have only been able to spend a morning in certain places because of lack of changing facilities making us feel rather guilty when it comes to having to refuse my able bodied son to stay and enjoy the rest of the day. This is a huge thing many people just don’t understand. Anywhere that makes the effort to put changing places facilities in to their business deserve a visit in my eyes (and probably lots more visits). This will mean the world to our family, meaning Felicity will be able to be changed more comfortably and Edward will be able to spend a whole day somewhere like other children. Thankyou so much for helping us have a ‘normal’ day out. My son in particular will be thrilled we can stay for a whole day”
The Trust have yet to announce the opening date of their new building however please visit their website for more information www.aldingbournetrust.co.uk For more information on Changing Places please visit www.changing-places.org