Changing Places facility ready to welcome visitors at Aberfoyle

A specially designed Changing Places facility in Aberfoyle has opened to improve accessibility for visitors to the area.

Cllr Gerry McGarvey inside the changing place facility with Robert Dick and Marion Dick of the Stirling Area Access Panel
Cllr Gerry McGarvey with Robert Dick, Chair of Stirling Area Access Panel and Marion Dick, Volunteer of Stirling Area Access Panel

The state-of-the-art facility provides access to changing and toilet facilities for people with severe disabilities and needs, providing supports and space that are not available in standard accessible toilets.

The project was delivered following a vote by residents in the local ward as part of Stirling Council’s participatory budgeting process. It was developed in partnership with PAMIS and the Stirling Area Access Panel to ensure best practice was captured in the design.

A growing network of Changing Place toilets across Scotland and the United Kingdom can be viewed on the official map which logs these specialised facilities.

Chair of the Stirling Area Access Panel Robert Dick said: “We are pleased to have worked so collaboratively on the provision of a Changing Places Toilet for a second time, which the Council has so generously funded for Aberfoyle.

“There is still a need for further Changing Places toilets in Stirlingshire and we do hope that there are more to follow.”

'An important addition'

Community Wellbeing and Housing Convener, Cllr Gerry McGarvey said: “This Changing Place facility is an important addition to Aberfoyle and responds to the needs and wishes of the local community and visitors.

“We want as many people as possible to be able to enjoy the stunning surroundings of the Stirling area. Providing facilities such as this will allow people with complex disabilities and those who care for them to visit Aberfoyle without anxieties about accessing appropriate toilet facilities.

“Stirling Council is committed to equality of opportunity in our communities, and I’d like to thank everybody involved in the installation of this facility that will be of significant benefit to local people and visitors alike.”

The opening hours of the Facility are:
Monday - Friday 09:00 - 18:00;
Saturday – Sunday 09:00 - 16:00

Direct access is available through rear car parking/ disabled parking. Accessible through a RADAR key. These can be purchased online for a small fee.