Do you have a loo that people can use? we can add it to our Interactive toilet map to make it easier for disabled people to find a loo

As more and more people started getting out and about after the easing of lockdown, we had plenty of calls from people wanting to visit the area asking which toilets were open – so we’ve created an interactive map to help with this vital information.

From people with disabilities to parents with children or people with certain health conditions, such as bladder problems, knowing where a loo is, whether it is accessible or has a baby change and when it is open, is a really important part of planning a trip.

So, if your business offers a toilet that people can use – even if they are not a customer, we would love to add you to our map.

If you would like to be included, please get in touch with us by emailing rachel@disabilityfirst.org

We have heard from people who have said if they couldn’t find out whether there was a toilet close to the destination, or whether it would be open when they were planning to visit, then they wouldn’t visit it.

So, we launched an interactive map of Fylde Coast toilets to make it that bit easier for locals and visitors to find – as all you need is a street name if you don’t have a postcode.

People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis often need extra equipment and space to allow them to use toilets safely and comfortably.

But, some families and carers can’t use a standard accessible toilet and rely on a Changing Place, and knowing where one is located, is extremely imperative to know for your day out – we’ve heard from parents and carers having to change a disabled person on a dirty toilet floor on across car seats.

In March this year, the need for accessible toilets was put in the spotlight. Following a campaign by Zach Kerr from Lancashire, the Government announced a £30m fund to install Changing Places in existing premises, such as shopping centres, supermarkets, sports and arts venues and a £1.27m fund to install 37 more Changing Places at service stations across England.

Changing Place facility at the Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool

It also said that it will be made compulsory for new buildings in England from 2021.

Changes Places on the Fylde Coast include Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool Tower, Debenhams and Lakeside Bistro.

We have heard from visitors who say that they will head out to these areas because they have a Changing Place. You can find out about Changing Places across the UK here as well as on our interactive map, which you can find here.

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