We are proud to announce that our Force fully supports a global initiative to help those who have hidden disabilities.
Since its launch in 2016, the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard scheme has grown to include several police forces, businesses, supermarkets, and the NHS.
The aim is to help those whose disability is not visible, or obvious – for instance, those with autism.
A hidden disability can make life more demanding for many people, but it can be difficult for others to recognise, acknowledge or understand the challenges faced. The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower suggests happiness, positivity, and strength and intends to allow everyone with a hidden disability to choose to be subtly visible when they need to be. It is a universally recognized flower and is gender neutral.
Officers and staff at Lincolnshire Police are now aware that people who wear the sunflower lanyard may require extra assistance.
Sgt Nicky Duke, who works in our Protecting Vulnerable Persons unit, is a strong supporter of the scheme. Her son, aged seven, is autistic and occasionally needs more time and support in situations.
She said: “There would be no obvious reason for anyone to be aware that my son is autistic, but sometimes needs just a bit more time and space.
“The lanyards are a fantastic and discreet way to indicate those extra requirements, and the scheme continues to grow in popularity. I’m really happy that we have adopted it here at Lincolnshire Police.
“It’s about being inclusive and making sure that we take care of that person’s needs, whether the disability is visible or not.”
C/Supt Chris Davison wearing the Sunflower lanyard
We support the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard scheme
07 Jul 20 11:16 AM