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Changing Places Toilet – The first in Enfield?

The vision of the friends of Firs Farm is to bring dignity to the community and together  we can  do this by building a “Changing Places Toilet ” in our Award winning wetlands. We really need one of these in Enfield and everywhere else. – See more about these HERE

The Aviva Community Fund (see HERE) will allow us to install a changing places toilet, without which we will be excluding a large part of our local community. So we have applied to them for funding for this amazing project.  BUT…. Voting closed with over a thousand VOTES on the 21st November 2017.

We are waiting with bated breath for the outcome…. Due to hear more on the 28th November. Then we will know for sure if we’ve been selected as one of the finalists or not. Fingers crossed everyone.


The construction of a Changing Places toilet facility (the first of its kind in Enfield). We need people to vote for this and hope that you will support us with this venture by placing your votes online. The deadline for voting is: 21/11/17

Crowdfunding for the fantastic community café/hub which is designed to meet the needs of the whole community especially those on the autistic spectrum and those with dementia. The deadline for this is 1/12/17. .

What the funding will be used for


Standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability. 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 the toilets safely and comfortably. These needs are met by Changing Places toilets. The facilities within the Changing Places toilet at Firs Farm would include:

  • A height adjustable changing bench
  • A tracking hoist system, or mobile hoist if this is not possible
  • There should be adequate space
  • A centrally placed toilet with room either side for the carers
  • A screen or curtain for privacy
  • Wide tear off paper roll to cover the bench
  • A large waste bin for disposable pads
  • A non-slip floor
  • Wet room facilities

All members of the community would be able to use this facility. Due to its increased size and turning spaces, it will also be easily accessible for pushchairs as well as wheelchairs and provide dignity for those who require assistance.

How many people will benefit

Providing this facility can be life changing; this asset allows families to enjoy a full day out providing a calm and relaxing environment for everyone. We will be catering for the most vulnerable and disabled within the community. This will assist not only disabled users but parents and carers too. The changing places toilet within firs farm would also enable the 4 SEN Schools within Enfield to utilise the space and outdoor education facilities provided here, much like many of our other schools within the borough. We would be removing a barrier to learning and socialising. This would also be advantages to the visiting out of Borough school groups that engage with outdoor education opportunities at Firs Farm.


The reach of the installation is somewhat infinite and would be open for the benefit of the entire Enfield community. Enfield has the fourth highest population figure in London at 330,000 people. 10% of the British population currently provide unpaid care and with 12.8% of Enfield residents aged 65 and over this figure is set to rise. Providing a community facility which provides respite for everyone is surely of benefit to not only physical but mental wellbeing?

Why people should vote for our project

People should vote for us because we will be providing the only facility of this kind within the London Borough of Enfield and one of only 1033 such facilities in the UK. We will be preventing social exclusion. The facility will be based within the Firs Farm Wetlands open space and will provide a unique opportunity to take advantage of all that firs farm has to offer as a mindfulness space and access other activities available at the site. This is a community accessible open space and without the support of the community we will not be able to achieve a fully inclusive year round community hub.

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