The Club supports the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower
Globally, 1 in 7 of us live with some form of disability. That’s more than 1 billion people. While some experience a disability that is visible, a significant number of people have a non-visible disability. Often many experience a combination of both visible and non-visible impairments and conditions.
An invisible disability is any disability, impairment or condition that may not be immediately obvious or visible. It may be physical, mental or neurological, with examples ranging from autism, dementia and learning difficulties to endometriosis, chronic pain, diabetes and speech issues. They also include mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
The Sunflower was developed in 2016 to raise awareness of invisible disabilities, reduce judgement and increase support for those affected. People can choose to wear a lanyard that is clearly visible from a distance, featuring a sunflower on a green background, which allows wearers to be subtly visible and encourages support and understanding from others. The Sunflower is now recognised globally.
The Caravan and Motorhome Club joined the Sunflower in March 2020 – you may have seen posters and stickers on display in reception blocks at Club campsites. All site staff were given Hidden Disabilities Sunflower training, and all new members of site staff are introduced to the scheme during their induction. Our pop-up campsite staff and those that work at events are also trained.
Sunflower lanyards have also been provided by the Club and these are available for guests with non-visible disabilities free of charge.
We have added all Club campsites to the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower website, which lists places and organisations that support the Sunflower, and we will work closely with them to identify any new opportunities that ensure the Club continues to be inclusive.
If you would like to find out more, visit hiddendisabilitiesstore.com or speak to a member of site staff.