His Excellency Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton GCB, LLD(Hon), DSc(Hon), BSc, FRAeS, CCMI has agreed to become Enable Jersey’s new Patron until he leaves his role later this year.
Chief Executive Officer Sean Pontin said: “Having met with His Excellency to discuss our vision for the future we were delighted when he pledged his support by agreeing to become our first Patron and we very much hope the new Governor will also feel able to support us when they are appointed”.
Sir Stephen’s first duty as Patron will be to officially open a new Changing Place facility in Winston Churchill Car Park at St Brelades Bay at 2pm on Wednesday 23rd February.
Changing Place facilities are designed to meet the needs of people with complex care needs by equipping an accessible toilet with a changing bench, shower and hoist. In this way it is hoped that more of the approx.14,000 local people living with a disability will be able to access and enjoy their local community.
Jersey has a number of Changing Place facilities already including those in St Helier town centre, Acorn and Millennium Park, but it is widely accepted that further facilities are needed in different parts of the island to allow people with disabilities to more readily access public places. The new Healing Waves Centre at Le Braye will incorporate a new Changing Place.
In 2021 Enable Jersey was successful in a bid to secure Fiscal Stimulus Funding to build a new and much needed Changing Place in St Brelades Bay.
Sean Pontin continued: “A number of local businesses have given their time to this important project showing just how important working together can be. We would like to thank everyone involved and especially Mitchell Building Contractors Ltd, T&G Ltd, Technicare, Pentagon, Channel Electrics, Codentia Ltd and Mercury Medical for their time and commitment to making this project happen’.
Further information about Changing Places can be found here.