Blair Drummond leads the way with new facilities.
The Changing Places Toilet at Blair Drummond Safari Park, which was completed for the start of this season, was was officially opened on Tuesday 22nd August by Stephen Kerr MP for Stirling.
Our Changing Places Toilet is a specialised facility which includes a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench and a tracking hoist system. It provides the equipment and space for people with profound learning disabilities and severely limited mobility to use the toilet safely and comfortably.
A huge driving force behind the installation of this toilet was local parent and campaigner Laura Rutherford. Laura contacted the Safari Park after visiting with her son, Brody, who needs these vital facilities, and her feedback prompted Park Management to install the specialised toilet. Management at the popular visitor attraction also worked closely with the Scottish charity PAMIS, who offered advice on the installation of the new Changing Places toilet.
Gary Gilmour, Blair Drummond Safari Park Manager, said:
“Blair Drummond Safari Park is a family attraction and we are committed to ongoing improvements to the accessibility of the Park for our less able visitors. The park is flat and the walkways and parking mean that it is easy for our visitors to get around, but there are always ways we can further improve the visitor experience and we are very grateful to Laura and her family for helping us to identify the need for this specialised toilet facility. We already have good provision of disabled toilets at Blair Drummond, but Changing Places Toilets are different and Laura helped us understand the benefits of these specialised facilities and the significant difference they would make to individuals with profound learning and physical disabilities and their carers. ”
Laura Rutherford said:
“Having a Changing Places Toilet at Blair Drummond means that we feel welcome and included as a family. It means that my son and other disabled children and adults are treated with dignity and respect and can enjoy a great day out.”
The new Changing Places Toilet has already met with public approval. Dundee mum, Claire Thould, wrote to Blair Drummond to say:
“The Changing Places Toilet has allowed us to go out for day trips to Blair Drummond without having to worry. My daughter Kaela recently had major spinal surgery so she cannot be lifted any more. If she twisted in any way it could have devastating results. She is also prone to getting ill and often needs changed several times in one day. Thank you for installing a Changing Places Toilet. You have allowed us to gain our freedom back.”
Julie Taylor, Information Officer at PAMIS said:
"PAMIS is absolute thrilled that Blair Drummond safari park has upgraded its toilet facilities to include a Changing Places toilet. This will enable all families to enjoy a day out at the park knowing that everyone's personal needs are met. Blair Drummond Safari Park is leading the way in providing fully accessible facilities at Scottish tourist attractions.”