The Salvation Army has committed to make all staff in their 700 plus Corps Community Centres and Churches aware of the Access Card scheme.
I doing so, the group says it has committed to being an open, friendly and welcoming environment for disabled people.
The Access Card, most commonly used to access ticketed events and attractions as a way of proving access requirements, is a photo ID card which carries a number of different symbols related to the type of barriers they face and the adjustments they may need.
Amongst symbols like the need for level access or an Essential Companion, one of the symbols is related to the need to quickly gain access to a toilet.
With regard to this, The Salvation Army says it is committed to letting Access Cardholders with this symbol be reassured that at any point where a corp is open they can pop in and use the loo without any questions asked.
The Salvation Army recognised that this may already be happening in many local settings but outlined how this is a formal agreement that recognises it on a national scale.
Lieut-Colonel Alan Read, secretary for business administration, said: “Salvation Army corps and community centres are there to serve the local community so we are pleased to take part in a scheme that could help make life that little bit easier for some local people.”
Adding: “With the decline of public toilets in our communities many people who often need to use the toilet at short notice find that their ability to get out and about is restricted. This has a negative effect on their freedom and independence and in some cases can lead to health problems when people cut down on their fluids.”