Where can I get a free sunflower lanyard for hidden disabilities in Bedford?

It's a subtle way to show to others a little patience may be needed

Friday, 23rd July 2021, 1:40 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd July 2021, 1:42 pm

More and more retailers in Bedford are offering free sunflower lanyards for people with a hidden disability.

This could include people with learning difficulties, dementia or poor mental health, as well as mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments or asthma - and is a way of letting people know of their disability discreetly.

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 patience may be needed.

To get a free lanyard for yourself, a family member or friend with a hidden disability, you can visit:

Bedford Central Library

The Higgins Bedford

Halifax bank

The sunflower lanyards

Lloyds Bank




M&S food halls

Last year, in 2020, Bedford Borough Council, Cambridgeshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, The Harpur Centre, Love Bedford (Bedford BID), Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum and Access Bedford threw their support behind the imitative.

Cllr Henry Vann, portfolio holder for town centres said, “I’m delighted that mayor Dave's Town Centre Priority Fund was able to support this initiative. Not all disabilities are visible and it can be difficult for others to identify or understand the challenges that people may be facing."