Actor praises vitally important change in town centre

Scope is opening its first furniture and electrical store in Northampton town centre on Thursday morning which will also have facilities disabled people can use.

The disability charity has added a new twist to the charity shop model by including a Changing Places point in Home by Scope at 55 Abington Street.

There is a table, hoist and hygienic toilet that will be available to any disabled people who wish to use them, not just customers of the shop.

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Nazim Choudary will perform the opening ceremony and actor, wrestler and aerialist Dan Edge – who suffers from cerebral palsy – will also be attending.

Dan said: “For the majority of the public, a Changing Places facility may not be on their personal radar.

“However, this facility is of vital importance and is potentially life changing for people with varied impairments, enabling them to have a space that meets their individual needs.

 “The new Changing Places facility, in my home town of Northampton, will ensure the whole disabled community can have a more active social life, as well as being more active in the town’s community as a whole. While not worrying about things that non-disabled people may take for granted. Like considering if they can have a drink while out because of toilet access if you need a hoist for example. Or the need to get changed when their only choice previously would have been a toilet floor.

 “I hope this will be the first of many Changing Places within the town.”

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Marc Spence, Executive Director of Retail at Scope said: “The community has been incredibly generous with their donations and we’re extremely excited to be opening our first Home by Scope in Northampton.

“This is an important move for Scope and we are very proud to be offering a Changing Places facility in the town centre for disabled people living in, or visiting the town.

“Scope selected Northampton because it’s a dynamic, creative and growing town.  It has a great mix of demographics and with high levels of new home building taking place, there is huge potential for people to buy and donate furniture.

“We look forward to serving and working with the Northampton community in the future.”

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