MSP calls for premises to emulate award winning charity

MSP Joan McAlpine has called for more premises in  Dumfries and Galloway to learn from a Dumfries charity's award winning approach to accessibility.

She was speaking as The Usual Place community cafe collected a national award for its changing places toilet - the only facility of its kind in the region until the DGRI Hospital opened last year. 

The Dumfries community café – which provides employment and training opportunities for young people with additional support needs - was nominated for a Sudocrem award after customers praised the accessibility of its facilities.

Ms McAlpine attended the awards ceremony today (Monday) where local athlete Shelby Watson presented the café with the award.

Congratulating The Usual Place at their award ceremony, Ms McAlpine said: 

 “For people who are disabled,  or are caring for a disabled person, The Usual Place’s ‘Changing Places’ toilet allowed them to have a day out, something most people take for granted.

“But other public facilities across the region need to consider whether they can emulate this wonderful initiative to promote equality across the whole region - if a small charity like The Usual Place can do this, then so can larger organisations. It also promotes accessible tourism which is a growing market.

The facility itself is excellently looked after and always kept clean. Access is easy for all and the unit is the right size to allow adults of all sizes to change with their dignity being maintained.

 “The Usual Place is a much loved place for the wider community and I am delighted that the café, and everyone involved is being recognised today, the award is certainly well deserved.”


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