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Disabled toilet team flush with funds

By David G Scott

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A DISABILITY group which has been at the forefront of improving accessible toilet provision in the county is celebrating success with new funding achieved.

In 2019, when the Caithness Disabled Access Panel (CDAP) looked into the issue, its team felt there was a need for improvements in accessible toilet provision within community buildings such as village halls.

This, in conjunction with some issues with access, seemed to be "a good grounding for another project", according to project officer Louise Smith.

"The previous project had awarded certificates to public toilets whereas the new project is about collecting information to inform potential improvements," Louise explained.

She added that CDAP wants to work in partnership with community buildings such as halls, youth clubs and other children’s clubs, along with registered charities.

CDAP chairperson Helen Budge said: "We are pleased to announce that we have recently received funding from the Greencoat Stroupster Community Fund and Achlachan Wind Farm Community Fund, administered by Foundation Scotland.

"We are seeking to maintain momentum with improving accessible toilets in the county."

Louise added: "We will produce a report with recommendations for each facility and use the reports to support subsequent funding applications to have any recommended work done.

"In this way, CDAP can help improve disabled access in Caithness and can group buildings together to get the best price for any work."

Facility managers who would like to access this free service and ultimately improve provision for disabled people can contact CDAP project officer Louise Smith at louinscot@aol.com

Louise advises that accessible toilets which have been upgraded since the 2019 survey should request a further visit so that their certificates can be upgraded.

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