Community event raises awareness about hidden disabilities in Guernsey

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A community event to promote the Sunflower Hidden Disabilities Scheme was held at Beau Sejour, St Peter Port on Saturday 6 April.

An estimated 13,500 islanders in Guernsey live with disabilities, with about 80% of these are hidden disabilities, such as neurological disorders or visual impairments.

The scheme allows islanders to voluntarily share that they have a disability or condition that may not be immediately apparent, through wearing a sunflower lanyard.

These lanyards indicate that the wearer they may need a helping hand, understanding, or more time such as in public spaces, shops or at work.

Disability Officer, Gill Evans said: "At the end of the day it's about being inclusive but it's also about being kind and about being a little bit patient - sometimes it's about giving that person a little more time."

The drop-in event at Beau Sejour provided more information about the scheme as well as the chance to try inclusive events available locally such as kurling and football.

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