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Do you live in Birmingham, Manchester or Glasgow? Are you interested in helping increase the number of public toilet facilities available to your community? 3 x £100 vouchers to be won

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JustineBMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 12-Sep-19 14:27:13

In a recent survey of Mumsnet users, we found that the majority of children have needed to go to the bathroom within just 30 minutes of leaving the house and seven in ten parents say not being able to find a toilet in time has resulted in their children doing a ‘wild wee’.

The Use Our Loos campaign, in collaboration with the Great British Toilet Map, has seen almost 12,000 locations, including high street businesses across the nation, sign up and open up their doors to those in need.

As part of the Use Our Loos programme, Domestos are looking to recruit 300 parents to volunteer to carry a “B-Loo-tooth” enabled Use Our Loos button while out and about throughout the month of October, clicking the button once when your child needs to go and you can’t find a loo and twice if you find a local business that lets you use their facilities. You’ll need to download simple app to work with the button; more details to follow.

For this pilot study, we’re looking for parents in Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow only. If you’d be interested in taking part, please click here to sign up. We’ll be in touch within the next couple of weeks if you’re selected with more information.

All who take part in the button study across the month will be entered into a prize draw where three participants will each win a £100 voucher for the store of their choice (from a list).

Here’s what Domestos has to say: “Over the past 20 years there has been a 39% closure rate of council-funded loos in England, Scotland and Wales. That’s why, last year, Domestos and the British Toilet Association launched Use Our Loos, a programme to encourage local businesses to open their doors - for free - to the public when they’re in need of the loo.”

Thanks and good luck


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allymcbeal1 Wed 16-Oct-19 17:07:13

CA12-5 high levels and slightly anaemic

HelenaDove Thu 17-Oct-19 02:28:41

Our local Lidl is out of the way not in the town centre. (there is a Subway next door) and a small hospital further down the road. I really needed the loo (i have an overactive bladder) i needed the loo when i was in Lidl but there was only a staff toilet so they said no. I went there because they have a Beanies coffee promotion at the moment. Its only the second time ive been in there in five years. i paid for the two jars of coffee i wanted and then was going to have a good look round but couldnt focus because i needed the loo. So had to nip in the hospital loo. (i didnt want to have to go in Subway as i would have had to buy food there and am trying to be healthy. ) im not in one of the cities. Just a town in North Essex.

Surely it shouldnt have to be this hard.

HelenaDove Thu 17-Oct-19 02:30:15

Its not just parents who have this problem.

SonicVersusGynaephobia Tue 22-Oct-19 05:54:42

It would be good of businesses were given tax breaks or rates reductions if they allowed public use of their loos.

Really, though, the council should provide them.

Santasgotaredsackofitch Thu 12-Dec-19 00:27:42

I don't live in any of those areas, but we do need more public toilets.

I have esophagus issues, along with bowl problems, and need (within reason) to be nearish a toilet, or at least know one is faulty close by.

Its ok, people saying... Use burger king, or maccies or MnS, John Lewis, or several other shops that have public accessed toilets. I know shsoppi g centers have toilets, but it's the edge of town, or smaller towns without large shopping zones.

Anything that can be done to get back public toilets is great by me.

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