Disabled facility at new Tesco

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DISABLED people in Scarborough will benefit from a new “Changing Places” facility when the new town centre Tesco store is built.

Scarborough’s MP Robert Goodwill contacted Tesco after hearing about the need for such a facility during a Learning Disability Focus Group meeting at Eastfield.

The group told Mr Goodwill about the lack of this kind of facility in Scarborough, which creates difficulties for both residents and visitors alike.

A Changing Places facility is a combined toilet, shower and changing room for people with complex and multiple disabilities who require the help of up to two assistants.

The space needs to be fitted with a fixed track hoist system so that assistants can fit the user’s slings to the hoist and move the person to various items in the facility.

Health facilitator Lynne Taylor, Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Learning Disability Service, said: “I’m really, really pleased to hear about this.

“It’s excellent news for the people in Scarborough who need this kind of facility and their parents and carers. People will also be able to look on the Changing Places website and decide to come to Scarborough for the day, so it’s good for residents and tourists.

“The only other facility like this is at Yorkshire Coast College, but we’re hoping the one at Tesco will be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Mrs Taylor added that they were still in discussions with Tesco about the final plans, but the scheme had been given the go-ahead by Kevin Grace, one of the directors.

Mr Goodwill said: “I was very pleased to hear that Tesco has responded to people’s needs.”