Celebrating Changing Rooms for Everyone

Five years after launching the first Baby Changing Room Awards and sponsoring the National Childbirth Trust Baby Change App, Britain’s leading nappy cream brand Sudocrem is once again pioneering the way with a new category to recognise the
importance of Changing Places toilets for disabled children.

There are 800,000 disabled children in the UK but only 1058 Changing Places toilets to meet their needs. This means that parents like Laura Rutherford, whose son Brody, 5, suffers from GDD, epilepsy, hypermobility and hypotonia, is forced to change her son on a toilet floor.

“Life beyond a baby changing table when your child is doubly incontinent means constant exclusions when you go out as a family. It’s heart breaking for us as parents and this is an issue that will sadly become harder and harder as he grows up. He is different not less. Time for change.

Since 2012, Sudocrem has campaigned for change with an award scheme to recognise the importance of good nappy changing facilities. Past winners have included Mothercare, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s and the National Museums of Scotland.

From day one, we wanted to show that baby changing rooms are important and often over-looked. We’re proud that our campaign has been recognised and won the OTC Marketing Award 2017. Now we’re ready to tackle the issue of facilities for disabled children by working with the charity PAMIS (Promoting A More Inclusive Society) to highlight the Changing Places facilities that organisations such as Arsenal Football Club have put in to make a difference to a wider range of people. It’s all about inspiring people by setting a good example.

There are three categories for this year’s award scheme:

  • Baby Changing Room of the Year
  • Dad’s Changing Room
  • Changing Places Toilet (in association with PAMIS)

Jenny Miller CEO of PAMIS explains, “We are thrilled that Sudocrem have recognized the needs of children with complex needs as they grow too large for baby changing facilities. Children and young people who require these facilities are often prevented from taking part in their communities by the simple things that we take for granted. In 2007 we cofounded the Changing Places Consortium and campaign to develop accessible facilities for the most disabled people in the UK. The Sudocrem award scheme is a great idea and we’re confident it’s going to make a big difference!”

If you would like to nominate a changing room for the award, then let us know which changing room, why you want to nominate it and preferably include a photo on Facebook via the Sudocrem website www.sudocrem.co.uk/social-hub or by
emailing competitions@satellitepr.com.

Entries will be judged by the NCT, PAMIS and Sudocrem. The closing date for entries is 26th March 2018 and the winners will be announced by the 9th March 2018.

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31 thoughts on “Celebrating Changing Rooms for Everyone”

  1. I voted for John Lewis in the Baby Changing Room of the Year because it’s always clean and has a separate toilet large enough for a buggy, often with a changing unit in it too.

  2. I voted for John Lewis because the rooms are cleaned regularly and they have a separate toilet large enough for a buggy or another toddler/child.

  3. I voted for my local Mothercare as their facilities are always sparkling, smell fresh and have big enough spaces for large sizes families

  4. The Belmont Bull, Bolton. Privately owned pub, very clean toilets, substantial changing table, free nappies, antibac, disposable bags and wipes, well thought out

  5. I voted for John Lewis, because not only are their facilities always clean, they’re also very roomy, which is ideal when you have a pram and a toddler with you as well as the baby.

  6. I voted in the Changing Places award.. and nominated /voted for Alton towers. I know how much their changing places room as helped my friends family… they bought annual pass because of them knowing they can go somewhere on a family day out without worrying where they can change their son.

  7. John Lewis in Milton Keynes is excellent, it’s really big and there is a whole section for breastfeeding and general sorting out of kids which is a help!


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