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3rd January 2020

Trust recognises Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard Scheme

The Trust recognises the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard Scheme, an initiative designed to act as a discreet sign that somebody has a hidden disability and requires additional assistance while out in public.

Yasmin Butler with the Sunflower Lanyard

Yasmin Butler with the Sunflower Lanyard

By recognising the scheme it should provide reassurance to patients and visitors with hidden disabilities such as autism, dementia, visual or hearing impairment and anxiety when visiting our Trust. The lanyards are bright green in colour and decorated with a yellow sunflower design. 

If someone is wearing a lanyard, members of staff should recognise it and understand that they may need a little extra help or time. Staff will not know what the disability is, or what challenges the person may experience so they will ask if any assistance is needed while visiting our hospitals.

Kim Novis, Equality Lead said: “Not all disabilities are visible. It’s not always easy for those with hidden disabilities to ask for help or for people to recognise that a person may need a little assistance. By joining the scheme we hope to offer reassurance to those needing additional assistance when visiting our hospitals”

The scheme is supported by many leading charities including RNIB, Alzheimer’s Society, The National Autistic Society and Action on Hearing Loss. It has been successfully introduced to several major UK airports, supermarkets, railway stations and sports venues.