The Forest Centre bathroom facilities were upgraded in 2018 to include an adapted bathroom.
Thanks to some generous support from organisations including the City Bridge Trust and Positive Parents, and regular events such as the Thames Chase 10k and family fun run, we have been able to improve the space and are committed to continuing these enhancements.
The adapted bathroom, which is signposted across the Forest Centre, includes a shower facility and manual drop-down bed, an enlarged toilet and changing room, and an adjustable electronic hoist.
The room is situated at the back of the Broadfields offices, and is adjoined to a quiet room, with space for individuals to find some serenity if they become over stimulated, and overlooks the Thames Chase tree nursery.
In February 2019, the facilities were officially opened by the Rt Hon Michael Gove (Secretary of State for the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs), when he visited the Forest Centre alongside Hornchurch and Upminster MP Julia Lopez.
We are always looking to improve these facilities in order to make the Community Forest, and the Forest Centre, accessible to people of all abilities.
The next stage of this project is to raise money for an electronic bed for the wet room facility, which will enhance the experience of people using the space.
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