Getting out and about
People often choose not to go out due to the worry about finding an accessible toilet.
If you are disabled and need to access standard disabled toilets, you will need a RADAR key. This key will allow you to access disabled toilet facilities across the country. You can get a RADAR key for a small fee from some local tourist information offices, or online from Disability Rights UK.
'Use our Loo' scheme
The scheme allows people to use toilets even if they are not a customer. Alzheimer's Society is working with businesses across Dorset to encourage them to join the Use our Loo scheme. Look out for signs in restaurants, pubs and coffee shops in Poole and Wimborne.
Changing Places are toilet and changing facilities for disabled people who can't use standard disabled toilets. They have extra features and more space to meet the needs of the people who use them. Each Changing Places toilet has:
- a hoist to allow easy transfer from a wheelchair
- an adult-sized changing bench
- lots of space for the disabled person and up to two carers
- a centrally placed toilet with room either side
- a safe and clean environment
Some facilities may also include a shower attachment.
Who are they for?
Changing Places toilets are for people who can't use standard disabled toilets. This includes those with:
- profound and multiple learning disabilities
- severe spinal injuries
- muscular dystrophy
- multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury
- cerebral palsy
and where the disabled person is unable to easily transfer from their wheelchair to a toilet or changing mat without the use of a hoist.
There are Changing Places facilities all across the country. They may be located in leisure centres, shopping centres and other public places.
You can apply for an access card or fob for the Changing Places facilities in Dorchester Library and Weymouth Rescue Centre by downloading and completing one of the application forms below:
- Changing Places application form for individuals
- Changing Places application form for Dorset organisations
Further information on the facility available in Weymouth and Dorchester:
- Changing Places in Weymouth - Weymouth Rescue Centre, Weymouth Esplanade DT4 7AN
- Changing Places in Dorchester - Dorchester Library and Learning Centre, South Walks House, Charles Street, Dorchester DT1 1EE
Blue Badge Scheme
The Blue Badge Scheme (also known as the disabled parking badge scheme) aims to help people with severe walking difficulties, who travel either as drivers or passengers, to park closer to their destination.
Blue Badge Scheme - for information about the scheme, including the criteria and how to apply.
For information about parking in council operated car parks across Dorset.
Other car parks such as supermarkets are not managed by the council.
Residential disabled parking bays
For information about residential disabled parking bays including how to apply.
Community transport schemes across Dorset can help people who have problems getting out and about.
Some clubs, societies and groups may provide transport. Transport can be provided by a bus or minibus or, in many cases, volunteers' own cars, usually at low cost.
Taxi and bus providers can assist you if you have a disability or use a wheelchair.
Wessex DriveAbility offer an advice and assessment service to drivers who may have lost confidence due to age or disability.
Older people and those with a disability may qualify for a free bus pass.