Are you one of the tourist attractions, shops or businesses that I have been in touch with regarding providing a Changing Places? Did you reply to me? Or did you ignore me, in the hope I would just disappear?
The fact that I am getting in touch means we want to visit you, we want to come and spend a day as a family at your venue. We want to come and spend money in your cafe, gift shops and ice cream stalls. We want to come and make memories with my family.
When I say family, it is not just my husband and the two boys who will visit if you have a Changing Places, but their older siblings, their significant others and Nanny, Granddad and Uncle Woo Woo who all come out with us. I have worked out that at the one Norfolk attraction who refuses to answer me, that would be £167 just for us to enter there without the added extras mentioned above and this is just our family.
The ‘Purple Pound’ is worth £249 billion. A large percentage of this sits in banks, making them richer, because people don’t have the opportunity to get out to spend it and just stay at home. So those of you who think it is not worth doing, you are wrong.
I am getting in touch with you for my sons and my health and dignity. Without a Changing Places I have to change my son on a disabled toilet floor which means having to lay him on the floor as he is unsteady on his feet and then me either bending over to change him or me getting on the floor to do so, both aggravating an already damaged back OR laying him in the boot of our car in a middle of a car park, whilst trying to preserve some sense of dignity while the general public are walking past and again aggravating my already bad back.
And lastly, I don’t bite, I have been in touch with quite a few businesses in Norfolk. The majority have replied and I have made some good friends who see the importance of looking after all customers. Some don’t have a full Changing Places yet but they are doing things to work towards that by providing a height adjustable changing bench, or a bench and ceiling hoist, not perfect but on their way to including everyone on their day out with them.
I just want to help you to help us.
If you wish to get in touch you can find me on Facebook ‘Changing Places and Space to Change Norfolk’ or ‘Me, My Boys and Loos’. Or search for the ‘Norfolk Loo Lady’ on Twitter or Instagram.