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Social distancing can be challenging for everyone.

The 'Please give me space' initiative is a concept developed by Hidden Disabilities Sunflower in collaboration with The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and the UK Government's Cabinet Office.

If you find it difficult to socially distance, you can display this emblem when you go out to signal to others around you that they need to pay attention and give you space. The yellow circle with a person in the centre has two arrows pointing out either side to indicate space; 'Please give me space'.

Watch our video below to find out about 'Please give me space':



  • Two people holding cupcakes
    Albury City is now Sunflower friendly!

    To make Albury a more inclusive and accessible community for people to visit, live, work and play, Albury City has joined the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower initiative.

    By partnering with Bayley House to launch the Hidden Disability Sunflower, people across the Albury community with disabilities can choose to wear a Sunflower product as a subtle way of letting others know they may require additional support, assistance, or a bit more time.

    If you're somebody who lives with a hidden disability, you can now pick up a FREE Hidden Disabilities Sunflower product from any of these locations across the community:

    • Uiver Café & Bar – Albury Airport
    • Albury Airport Enquiries Office
    • AlburyCity Customer Service
    • With more Sunflower-friendly venues coming soon!

    If you keep an eye out, you will also see people wearing “I Support the Sunflower” badges or lanyards! This shows they have completed dedicated training to help t

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  • Turkish Airlines increases awareness of invisible disabilities
    Turkish Airlines increases awareness of invisible disabilities

    Turkish Airlines joins the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower to continue to improve the travel experience of the passengers with disabilities and limited mobility .

    Within the scope of the “Differences Add Value” program, the airline offers Sunflower Lanyards to passengers with invisible disabilities such as autism, dementia, anxiety and vision or hearing disorders to help ground service personnel and cabin crew identify them should they require additional assistance.

    Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Ekşi says:

    “While we are enhancing the privileged travel experience we offer as Turkish Airlines, we focus on the expectations and needs of our passengers and develop projects accordingly. Therefore, we are able to host hundreds of thousands of guests from different cultures and regions with a high satisfaction ratio above the clouds. As the airline that flies to more countries than any other and believes every destination in its network has its gems waiting to be discovered, we will continue to develop services that will remove the barriers before the clouds.”

    Working with Turkish Airlines on the project, Hidden Disabilities Sunflower CEO Paul White adds;

    “We are delighted that Turkish Airlines have joined the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower global network. Delivering our training to 17,000 staff is an incredible achievement that shows the airline’s commitment to making aviation accessible. Passengers with non-visible disabilities can travel to 129 countries with Turkish Airlines, secure in the knowledge that the airline staff with greet them with kindness, patience and understanding.”

    Sunflower Lanyards can be obtained from Assisted counters located in Domestic and International terminals of İstanbul Airport.

    For more information visit Turkish Airlines

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  • Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Hounslow join the Sunflower network
    Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Hounslow join the Sunflower network

    Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Hounslow become members of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower network. The Sunflower’s aim is to raise awareness of the daily challenges faced by individuals who live with an invisible disability and to provide support and training opportunities to individuals and organisations. The Sunflower initiative was launched in the UK in 2016 as a symbol to discreetly indicate to people around the wearer including staff, colleagues and health professionals that they need additional support, help or a little more time.

    Kingston Hospital are training their 3,200 staff  to understand someone, staff or patients, may wear a Sunflower lanyard or pin badge, what constitutes a hidden disability and what they can do to help support someone choosing to wear a Sunflower. By raising awareness and understanding of non-visible disabilities, they are creating a culture of acceptance and compassion, which in turn will help them to better identify the needs of their workforce or areas where improvement can be made. 

    Jo Farrar, Chief Executive KHFT and HRCH, said:

    “I thought the event showcased the importance of not making assumptions or judging individuals at face value. By taking the time to listen to and better understand each other we will be better placed to ensure everyone can be at their best."

    “We are all different and it is the richness of our diversity, which really came to the fore on the day and that of the people we care for, that make us strong and, if embraced, will help us make better decisions.”

    For more information visit Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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  • Izzie Jani-Friend with long brown hair and smiling
    Ableism, Cystic Fibrosis with Izzie Jani-Friend

    “There's so much that needs to be done to eradicate ableism. But I think seeing the changes as beneficial to everybody. If there are changes that are made, for example, more ramps or wheelchair access or BSL interpreters or braille or things like that, there's so many different adjustments that could be made.

    They benefit everybody. For example, a lift or an escalator. If you're just feeling tied one day, carrying a heavy box or something like that, you can just use that.”

    Izzie is a journalist and is using her lived experience as a young woman with cystic fibrosis to combat ableism through her writing. 

    In this conversation we discuss how her chr

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  • HSBC logo
    HSBC rolls out Hidden Disabilities Sunflower in Hong Kong

    Photo: HSBC Hong Kong

    We are delighted to announce that HSBC is rolling out the Sunflower as a pioneer programme in Hong Kong, which will provide customers with a lanyard to discreetly indicate their needs for additional assistance at the designated branches.

    This launch forms part of HSBC's introduction of first-in-town support services specifically designed for customers in Hong Kong with mental health challenges. These new services, comprising tailored third party support, financial education modules and fee waivers, are responding to the general decline in mental health among Hongkongers in recent years partly due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The services are launched in partnership with Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service, alongside support from various NGOs, including Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council, New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, OCD & Anxiety Support Hong Kong

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  • Chloe Francis, smiling wearing her graduation clothes
    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and mental health with Chloe Francis



    Chloe Francis has a range of health conditions including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tourettes syndrome/Tic disorder, Sensory processing disorder, Vestibular processing disorder and Hypermobility, Anxiety disorder and Sleep disorder.

    In this conversation we discuss what OCD really is and what it feels like to have compulsions, we also discuss panic attacks and the affect that they have on a person. Chloe talks us through her early education and the support that she received from her classmates, through to her current job at the BBC.

    Chloe has some great advice on how to support a friend, family,

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