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enquiries@ihus.group

Caswell Bay

iHUS Changing Places recently worked with Swansea Council and Caswell Bay to make one of the Gower Peninsulas most popular beaches even more accessible.

Surfs Up

Caswell Bay is a popular tourist beach for families, holiday makers and surfers – situated on the Gower Peninsula, the beach regularly achieves Blue Flag status and is well connected by local transport.

One of the most interesting aspects of the beach is the accessibility schemes already in place – the beach is home to Surfability UK CIC; the UK’s first fully inclusive and adaptive surf school.

Combining his experiences of surf coaching with 3 years in special education, Benjamin Clifford was determined to create a truly inclusive surf school. Using specialist equipment, the surf school provides surfing experiences for a wide range of people with disabilities, including those who cannot sit up unaided and wheelchair users.

In addition to being the home of Surfabilty UK, Caswell Bay had existing accessible toilets, blue badge parking and good beach accessibility. The only thing missing from the picture was a Changing Places toilet.

Swansea Council estimated that a new fully accessible toilet would offer increased choice to around 250,000 disabled visitors looking for holiday destinations in the UK and were keen to get the project off the ground.

Local businesswoman and parent, Suzanne Morrison, was a driving force behind the project. Suzanne’s son has quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy; “John requires 24/7 care; we therefore know what it takes to book a holiday without equipment and care. He is the inspiration behind this project.” Commented Suzanne.

“It’s going to make a big difference. I change Kai in the car park every week. Kai’s a lot bigger than when we first started surfing so it’s getting a lot harder. And it’s going to be a lot more dignified for Kai.”

Leanne, Parent of Caswell Bay Surfer, Kai Lewis

Funding

Swansea Council approached iHUS and asked us to install one of our modular Changing Place units and carry out the appropriate groundwork after successfully securing support and funding via the Welsh Government’s Tourism Amenity Investment Scheme (TAIS).

We manufactured the toilet, which includes an adult changing bench and hoist, at our facility here in South Yorkshire. We then transported the unit to Caswell Bay and had the new bathroom up and running within a day.

The facility was installed close to the existing toilet block and within easy reach of the disabled parking area.
The reaction to the facility has been so great, it’s even made ITV news.

One delighted user is 17-year-old Kai Lewis who has cerebral palsy and is a keen surfer at the beach. Mum Leanne says the new facilities will make their visit much easier;

“It’s going to make a big difference. I change Kai in the car park every week. Kai’s a lot bigger than when we first started surfing so it’s getting a lot harder. And it’s going to be a lot more dignified for Kai.”

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With over 30 years’ experience in construction, iHUS are one of the UK’s leading disabled adaptations companies – specialising in the design and installation of Changing Places facilities.

Get in touch to book a consultation and discover how you can open your business to more people. Email enquiries@ihus.group or call us on 01302 247 777 to learn more.

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Eastbourne Borough Council

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Regen Centre, Riccall

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We developed a bespoke Changing Places facility for Kingsbury – incorporating a separate male and female WC as part of the entire modular unit.

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