Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


The vision of the friends of Firs Farm is to bring all the community together and we can only do this by building upon our all-inclusive community café. The Aviva Community Fund will allow us to install a changing places toilet, without which we will be excluding a large part of our local community.

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.

The project is supported by the whole community and the following companies, charities and organisations have provided letters of support:-
(to be updated)

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Friends of Firs Farm

We are proud because this project is the vision of the community. We want to continue to build an all-inclusive environment, providing a changing places toilet within our community hub which will enable us to embrace everyone regardless of need; within a non-clinical, safe and welcoming environment.

Location: London Borough of Enfield, United Kingdom