A Torbay charity has turned Father Christmas to give a leg- up to loo users in Torbay faced with having to keep their legs firmly crossed.
Some public toilets proved inconvenient for people with learning disabilities when you had to pay to use them.
But now their problems have been flushed away by Torbay Mencap.
Chairman Carol King explained: "During Covid, to reduce the possibility of infection, the public toilets Torbay were fitted with a card only operation. Many of those with a learning disability don't have a bank account and therefore not a bank card either. For them the public toilets became inaccessible."
Torbay Menap has come up with a solution. It is issuing members entry cards, free of charge loaded with 20 toilet entries.
The relief also comes after this prose from the Learning Disability Partnership Board to Torbay councillors which read:
It seems to be a funny thing I am sure you know this too
As soon I go out and about I always need the loo
Toilets are essential and in Devon most are free
Unless you need to visit In Paignton, Brixham or Torquay
Then you will need a bank card
Cash will just not do
No card, just means no entry
To let you use the loo
This needs to change, and quickly It’s something we all need
A right to use the toilet
And have a simple wee
It’s not right to discriminate
Some people don’t have cards
Our health and wellbeing matter
Please don’t make life extra hard.
If we can’t use the toilet It stops us going out
And then our lives are poorer
And this is why we shout!
Please help us sort this problem
We know it can be done
And with gratitude we will thank you
For being fair to everyone.
From The Torbay Partnership Board Ambassadors
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