Supporting residents with hidden disabilities

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Wealden District Council has teamed up with Wealden Dementia Action Alliance to support a project to help people in Wealden feel more confident going into the community again.

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Project helps those who have disabilities that are not immediately obvious to others. This could include people with learning difficulties, those living with dementia or poor mental health, as well as mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments.

Councillor Roy Galley, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said:

We know there are a substantial number of people in Wealden living with a form of hidden disability. Many will have been self-isolating due to Covid-19. We hope that by taking part in this project we can help them feel more confident going out and about in their local areas again.

One objective of our restart and recovery plan is to continue to provide support, where needed, to the most vulnerable. This project will be another step towards achieving this.

Wearing the sunflower lanyard indicates to others, including shop workers, members of the community, colleagues and health professionals that additional support, help or a little more time may be needed.

Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard

Hidden disabilities could also include asthma and other lung conditions as well as chronic illnesses such as renal failure, diabetes and sleep disorders, or indeed any illness that significantly impacts day to day life.

They affect each person in a different way, and can be painful, exhausting, and isolating. Without visible evidence of the hidden disability, it is frequently difficult for others to acknowledge the challenges faced. As a consequence, sympathy and understanding can often be in short supply.

Lanyards can be obtained free of charge at the offices of Crowborough Town Council on Pine Grove. To get a lanyard for yourself, a family member or friend with a hidden disability, just pop in and ask.

Alternatively call Crowborough Town Council on 652907 or Wealden District Council on 01323 443322.

The Wealden Dementia Action Alliance was established by the Council in May 2016 with the aim of helping all Wealden towns and villages to become more dementia-friendly. Click to find-out more information: Wealden Dementia Action Alliance.

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