7 May

The National Space Centre is Changing Places  

National Space Centre Tower and Astronaut

During the lockdown period, and thanks to funding from the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) and the Foyle Foundation, the National Space Centre’s teams have been able to create a brand-new Changing Places facility, to support the needs of some of the Centre’s 300,000 yearly visitors.

Over a 1/4 million people need Changing Places toilets to enable them to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted, so this is a significant development for the Leicestershire based educational charity.

Changing places bathroom

The new facility is larger than standard accessible toilets with extra features:

  • A height adjustable adult-sized changing bench
  • A tracking hoist system, or mobile hoist if this is not possible
  • 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
  • Wide tear-off paper roll to cover the bench
  • A large waste bin for disposable pads
  • A non-slip floor
  • Grab rails and an emergency alarm

Kevin Harris, Chair of the LLEP Board of Directors, said:

“I’m very pleased that part of the £1.15 million Local Growth Fund allocation that the LLEP committed towards the National Space Centre Vision 2025 project has gone towards installing this new Changing Places facility. Changing Places provision will greatly improve accessibility at one of Leicester’s most iconic attractions. It is hugely important that everyone has the opportunity to experience the National Space Centre, which generates significant tourist revenue for the local economy year on year.

“As the Covid-enforced lockdown lifts, it’s great that those with the most profound disabilities will be able to enjoy the National Space Centre safely and in comfort, alongside their able-bodied friends and families.”

As the attraction’s team moves towards safely reopening the Centre, as part of the government’s ‘roadmap to recovery’, they will receive full training to ensure they are able to assist visitors and offer a facility that provides freedom and security to all.