“Can’t Wait”? 

Can’t Wait is a scheme run by SGDEN with assistance from South Glos Council to encourage businesses to make their toilets available to disabled people with an urgent need. We created a local, credit card-sized ‘Can’t Wait’ Card, for individuals to show to businesses, with a request to allow them to use staff or non – public toilets, or to use customer toilets without purchasing anything.

Can’t Wait cards have been distributed through trusted partners, which include, but are not limited to: Age UK, the Alzheimer’s Society, Bristol Area Stroke Foundation, community nurses, SGDEN, Disability Action Group and Memory Nurses and GP surgeries.

Who is it for? 

The card can be used for all impairments which would necessitate quick, discreet access to toilets. This includes “invisible” disabilities and conditions.

Sometimes a disabled person might need to be accompanied by someone of the opposite sex and can’t use single sex toilets. Fear of being unable to access a toilet urgently means some disabled or elderly people have trouble getting out of the house, contributing to isolation.

How can I get involved? 

Businesses: Businesses are asked to sign up to the scheme and display a postcard in their windows, to show people that they are supporting the initiative. If you own or are part of a business which might be able to help, please contact us for more information at [email protected]

Individuals: We are carrying out a project this year having taken over management of the scheme from the Council. We need people to help us carry this out – whether it’s on the ground going into businesses and asking them to sign up to the scheme, putting on events, updating a directory of businesses involved or promoting via the media – we’re keen to get local people on board, either short term or longer term. If you are interested then please contact us at [email protected]

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