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Circus of the RevoLOOtion

Yesterday (September 5th) Circus Starr, the UK’s most inclusive circus, kicked off the autumn tour in Macclesfield with two free and relaxed Big Top shows for families who are often excluded from live arts events due to their needs or circumstances.

This year Circus Starr is even more incLOOsive! Thanks to Big Lottery funding, Circus Starr is breaking new ground and is the first arts organisation to go on tour with a mobile changing places toilet.

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.

Unlike a standard disabled toilet, a changing places toilet is FULLY accessible with a hoist and adult sized changing bench and plenty of room for carers. People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis often need this extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably.

The Changing Places campaign launched in 2006 and has been promoting the need for fully accessible toilets to be installed in all big public spaces so people can access their community ever since. Earlier this year campaigners staged a “Looathon” to raise awareness of the issue.

Neville Wilson, Circus Starr’s Director commented:   

“We are so thrilled to be involved at the start of the revoLOOtion doing our part to support the campaign and make the fun and magic of the circus accessible to all!”

The attended Mobiloo unit will be at each of the 27 locations on the tour. Click here to find out more about Mobiloo.

To join the conversation visit Circus Starr's Facebook page. To get involved with the campaign visit the Changing Places consortium Facebook page  

If you're interested to find out where your nearest Changing Places take a look at the toilet map.  

By Rachel Oliver on 3rd September, 2018

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