‘We Just Can’t Wait’ Campaign

Originally published on: March 4th, 2022.

In March 2021, the Bladder and Bowel Community announced the launch of the first ever toilet card using Smartphone Digital Wallet Technology – the NEW Digital Just Can’t Wait card. One year on, the Just Can’t Wait Card is relied on by over 160,000 people, with a new petition raised to ensure people aren’t turned away when in desperate need.

Our Just Can’t Wait Card has provided a lifeline to thousands in the UK, providing a meaningful way to communicate the urgent need to use a toilet. It is also the first toilet card to use digital wallet technology. Accessing a toilet is now harder than ever, with public toilet facilities closing due to lack of funding or misuse. With new schemes popping up such as Community Toilet Schemes, the need for facilities is clear.

We’ve all been caught short – but the consequences can be devastating.

But help is at hand.

Paula who recently downloaded the Just Can’t Wait Card told us:

“It’s given me so much confidence and freedom knowing I’m not the only one suffering”

Whilst Laura tells us how it improved her confidence:

“it has given me the confidence to risk going somewhere where public toilets may not be available as standard. Thank you.”

Digital Just Can't Wait Card in Use
Digital Just Can't Wait Card on iPhone
  • Around 14 million people in the UK live with a bladder condition and over 6.4 million live with a bowel condition1
  • The Just Can’t Wait card has provided a ‘lifeline’ to over 160k people 
  • The NEW Digital Just Can’t Wait card is an instant, plastic-free toilet card that conveniently sits in your smartphone wallet. 
  • This digital card is more practical and hygienic, as plastic cards tend to get touched by others, and can easily be lost or misplaced. 

Just Can’t Wait Card Petition

A large proportion of the UK population remain unable to leave their home for fear of needing the toilet, and being unable to access one. Many public toilet facilities are still out of use, and local facilities continue with closures. This vital toilet card helps those suffering with a bladder or bowel condition feel more secure whilst out and about. 

Just Can't Wait Petition

The response from the community has been humbling. Community member Tara Dolman told us how her father suffered with anxiety around leaving the house and he now feels trapped in his own home. 

She started a petition to raise the issue, telling us: 

My aim is to get the card included within the Equality Act 2010, but even if  I can put something in place that educates retailers in understanding the impact of having a bladder or bowel condition, that would be a big step forward

Read Tara’s full story on our news section.

Please Take Action

The petition has gained momentum – and we need your help!

Please sign and share the petition to raise the issue of toilet access with businesses and public spaces, and help people living with a bladder or bowel issue to get to a toilet if they need one.

Sign the Petition

Set up by community member Tara Dolman on Change.org to tackle stigma. Get behind the campaign.

Just Can't Wait Card

Get a Digital Just Can’t Wait Card instantly or apply for a plastic card by post.

Support the Community as we navigate these challenging times.

We’re keen to partner with organisations and businesses as we raise the issues around toilet access and what it really means for someone living with an invisible illness, such as a bladder and bowel condition.

For further information about the campaign, please contact us: [email protected]