Petition for disabled changing facilities

Published on Saturday 12 May 2012 16:49

CARRICKFERGUS Senior Gateway Club has set up a petition to install changing facilities for disabled people in the Borough.

“There are disabled toilets in Carrick but there is nowhere, for example, where a carer could change a person with learning disabilities or an elderly person could get changed,” said Gateway volunteer Thomas Haighton.

“We have managed to locate premises in Carrick for the facility, but the next step will be to get funding in place.

“This is why we have set up the petition for local people to sign; we will place paper copies in businesses around the town and people can also look at the Carrickfergus and District Senior Gateway Facebook page.”

East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs has lent his support to the campaign.

“I believe there are wider efforts going on to try and get at least one of these facilities installed in every town; members of the Gateway Club have highlighted the indignity some disabled members of the community have had to face in getting changed, for example, on the floor of existing disabled toilets,” he said.

“I think it’s appropriate to offer that facility not only to local people but for those visiting the town.”

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