Sunflower lanyards - supporting those with hidden disabilities when travelling 

 

 

For those with a 'hidden' disability, such as ABI, travelling can be a very stressful experience. Crowded, noisy, bright environments like airports or stations can be frustrating enough places for any of us, let alone someone also trying to manage issues with fatigue, alongside cognition/communication/memory impairment.

 

 

That's where these sunflower-print lanyards come in.

 

 

They've been specially designed to be worn by those who require a little extra support, time and patience on their travels, making staff members aware of those extra needs effectively, yet discreetly.

 

 

The lanyards are recognised throughout the UK - in fact, Manchester Airport even has its own 'Sunflower Room', where affected holidaymakers can escape the crowds and noise to recharge.

 

 

The lanyards are available to purchase cheaply online, such as Amazon or EBay. What a great way of making sure that EVERYONE can enjoy their travels!

 

 

To find out more about sunflower lanyards, please visit  http://www.headway.org.uk/news-and-campaigns/news/2019/sunflower-lanyards-take-off-for-passengers-with-hidden-disabilities/

Latest News

Positive Blue Badge changes ahead for those with hidden disabilities

The Blue Badge scheme is currently being reviewed and plans are afoot to extend the Badge to those with less visible disabilities, such as brain injury.

 

The changes are described as the biggest being made in the scheme in almost 50 years and it's hoped that they will offer a lifeline to people with hidden disabilities who suffer from travel difficulties.

 

Changes will come into force on 30th August 2019. 

 

For full details, please visit  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/review-of-blue-badge-fraud-as-scheme-is-extended-to-those-with-hidden-disabilities

 

An excellent 'Way Ahead' conference

 

We thoroughly enjoyed attending this year's 'Way Ahead' conference in early July. It was the ideal opportunity to share viewpoints and see the diverse range of services provided for those managing ABI. We also got to meet MP for Rhondda, Chris Bryant, who has been working incredibly hard in parliament to improve aftercare and neuro paths for those with ABI and their loved ones. For more information, please visit 'Staff News'!

 

 

 

Fancy a challenge? Why not try the Northampton Half Marathon for HEN?

 

If you want to fulfill a personal challenge but find the idea of the London Marathon a bit too daunting, why not consider running the Northampton Half Marathon for Headway East Northants?

 

The Half Marathon will be held on Sunday 29th September. We've teamed up with 'Go Beyond Sport' who are managing the event - it's free to register and your only commitment is to raise a minimum of £100 for us.

 

For further details, and to register, please visit  http://gobeyondsport.co.uk/Northampton_Half_Marathon_2019_Run_for_Free