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Hidden Disabilities Sunflower

25th October 2023 @ 6:06am – by Webteam
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Hidden Disabilities Sunflower

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) is proud to announce its support for the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower during National Hidden Disabilities Week. The Sunflower aims to raise awareness and assist individuals with hidden disabilities that are not immediately apparent to others.

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower is a simple yet powerful symbol that signifies that the wearer has a hidden disability or condition that may not be readily visible, such as autism, anxiety, sensory processing disorders, or chronic illnesses. By wearing the Sunflower, individuals signal to others that they may require additional support, understanding, or patience in various situations.

Director of Finance and Hidden Disabilities Ally Carolyn Wood says, At NWAS, we are dedicated to providing compassionate care to all members of our community. By supporting the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower, we are taking a significant step toward ensuring that those with hidden disabilities receive the assistance and respect they deserve. It is vital for us to recognise that not all disabilities are visible, and we are committed to creating a more inclusive and understanding society.

As part of NWAS's overarching strategy to enhance inclusivity and promote community support, the service is encouraging its staff and the public to be aware of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower symbol. When you encounter someone wearing a Sunflower lanyard or pin, here's what you can do to make a positive impact:

* Be Patient: Understand that the person wearing the Sunflower may require extra time or assistance in various situations, such as at a hospital, supermarket, or public transportation.

* Offer Assistance: Politely ask if the person needs any assistance or support. Be respectful and sensitive to their preferences; some individuals may prefer not to accept help.

* Respect Boundaries: Respect the individual's privacy and personal space. It's essential not to pry or make assumptions about their condition.

* Raise Awareness: Share information about the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower with friends, family, and colleagues to increase understanding and empathy within the community.

By actively supporting the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower, NWAS aims to promote a more inclusive and compassionate society where everyone, regardless of their disabilities, can access the help and support they need.

For more information about the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower, please visit Receptionist & Hidden Disability Ally, Mark Lewis (Operations Manager & Disability Network Co-Chair & Hidden Disability Champion), Peter White (Chairman & Hidden Disability Ally), Carolyn Wood (Director of Finance, Project Executive Sponsor & Hidden Disability Ally), Wasim Mir, (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Advisor & Hidden Disability Champion & Ally), Adam Rigby (Project Support Officer, Disability Network co-chair & Hidden Disability Ally)

Kind Regards

Chris Holdsworth

Communications Officer
North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Mob: 07812 305403
For press office inquiries, please email press.office@nwas.nhs.uk
http://www.nwas.nhs.uk/

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