On 27 September 2021 the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme was launched in North Somerset. We work to champion the scheme in partnership with local town councils in Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead and Weston-super-Mare.
An estimated 1 in 5 people in the UK have a disability, with 80% of them having a hidden disability.
The aim of the Sunflower scheme is to support people who have a disability that is not always obvious to others such as:
- chronic pain
- visual or hearing impairment
Paul White, CEO, Hidden Disabilities Sunflower says:
"Disability can make daily life more demanding and people are affected in different ways. It can be painful, exhausting, and isolating. Without visible evidence of the disability, it is frequently difficult for others to acknowledge the challenges faced and as a consequence, sympathy and understanding can often be in short supply. We are delighted that the joint commitment by the councils to train customer facing staff to recognise and support Sunflower wearers."