There are an estimated 13,000 islander with disabilities, with about 80% of these being hidden disabilities.
The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme provides a simple way for someone to voluntarily share that they have a disability or condition that may not be immediately apparent through wearing the sunflower lanyard. This lanyard indicates that the wearer they may need a helping hand, understanding, or more time in shops, at work, on transport, or in public spaces.
The States of Guernsey have been rolling out training to public facing staff on the Hidden Disabilitites Sunflower scheme in order to improved the disabled customer experience when using our services.
If you see a sunflower badge at the entrance to a building, it will indicate that staff have completed the training and will be able to provide support for customers or service users.
The sunflower lanyards are available for collection at the Guernsey Airport Information desk, the Guernsey Information Centre and from Health connections. These are provided for free.
The Hidden disabilities website provides information about different disabilities, the challenges that individuals face and ways of providing help and support. There are a number of videos which can be used for further information and training.