Last Saturday, 12th July, the village of Kibworth in Leicestershire was rocking! 'Disability Rocks' rolled into town with a line-up of bands, music workshops and food and drink a-plenty throughout a fun-packed day, made even more special by the presence of Derbyshire County Council's mobile Changing Places unit.
With the help of Accessible Derbyshire this special unit was on-site throughout the day meaning that disabled festival-goers, their families and carers had access to a purpose-built, hygienic space in which to be changed, complete with mobile hoist and changing bench.
Derbyshire County Council is believed to be the only council in the country to have purchased its own mobile Changing Places unit and this is the first time the unit has travelled outside the county.
Accessible Derbyshire co-founder Jane Carver who has campaigned for the provision of Changing Places toilets for many years and who attended the festival said: "A big 'thank you' to all those whose hard work made it possible for the mobile unit to be at the event. The unit was in constant use throughout the day and, for me, seeing it used for the purpose which we all intended was absolutely wonderful"
Next month the mobile Changing Places unit will be at Bakewell Show for the very first time. Come along on 6th and 7th August and have a fabulous day out!