Hidden Disabilities Sunflower merchandise now available at Pembrokeshire libraries and leisure centres

By Paul Evans   |   Content editor   |
Wednesday 22nd June 2022 6:10 am
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Pictured at Milford Haven Library, standing behind Jessica Hatchett, (Access Officer) are: Tracy Collins (Site Co-ordinator), Maureen Sutton and Judy Galdo (both Library Assistants). (Pic supplied )

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Hidden Disabilities Sunflower merchandise is now available in Pembrokeshire’s leisure centres and libraries, as part of Pembrokeshire County Council’s commitment to undertake training and offer ongoing support to residents with hidden conditions.

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower was first designed in 2016. The Sunflower lanyard is a discreet way of helping the wearer inform staff, colleagues and health professionals around them that they need additional support, help or more time.

Jessica Hatchett, Pembrokeshire County Council’s Access Officer, said: “Not all disabilities are immediately obvious and I’m really proud to have brought the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower to Pembrokeshire County Council.

“The lanyards are available free of charge to anyone who feels they need one – and while they are bright and eye-catching, I want to ensure they are picked up by people who will wear them for a genuine reason.

“Staff also have the opportunity to raise their awareness of hidden disabilities by undertaking training on the Council’s intranet.”

A spokesman for the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower added: “We are very happy that Pembrokeshire County Council has joined our scheme. Because some people are yet to be diagnosed, or have conditions that are difficult to diagnose, we do not ask for proof of the wearer’s disability.

“However, any fraudulent use of the Sunflower reduces its effectiveness for those who genuinely need it. If you do not need a lanyard, please do not take or buy one.”

Major airports and venues globally have now adopted the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower.

An increasing number of small and large businesses and organisations in the UK such as supermarkets, railway and coach stations, leisure facilities and the NHS, also recognise the scheme.

For more information, please visit https://hiddendisabilitiesstore.com/

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