Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has joined the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower network to better support its staff, volunteers, and patients with invisible disabilities.

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower symbol indicates to people that the wearer may need additional support, help or a little more time.

By becoming a member of the initiative, Yorkshire Ambulance Service is committed to:

  • Ensuring that its staff and volunteers with non-visible disabilities are and feel supported as well as being able to access the help they need.

  • Providing their staff and volunteers with training to enable them to better support colleagues and patients with invisible disabilities.

One in seven people live with a disability and 80% of those are hidden. Non-visible disabilities are not immediately apparent. They can be physical, mental or neurological, for example autism, ADHD, anorexia, asthma, learning difficulties, dyslexia, endometriosis, hearing loss, diabetes, chronic pain, long COVID, cancer and coeliac disease. There are currently 910 non-visible health conditions listed - List a Disability. Many people experience a combination of visible and invisible disabilities.

Peter Reading, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said:

“I am thrilled that Yorkshire Ambulance Service has joined the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower network. Our membership is another vital step in enhancing our status as an inclusive organisation.”


Paul White, CEO at Hidden Disabilities Sunflower, said:

“The Yorkshire Ambulance Service provide a vital service to people in need. At times of fear, worry, pain and confusion, the Sunflower acts as a tool to communicate that the wearer has an invisible disability – giving silent communication to the Ambulance teams to allow extra time, understanding and patience. Joining the Sunflower network also signals to staff who have non-visible disabilities that they will be supported at work.”


Find out more about the Yorkshire Ambulance Service by visiting their website - Yorkshire Ambulance Service


Become a Sunflower Member in five easy steps

  1. Log in to your business account or if you do not have one, register here.
  2. Choose and subscribe to the Sunflower Membership that works best for your business today (available in the memberships section of our online shop)
  3. Purchase Sunflower products to support your colleagues and customers with hidden disabilities
  4. Train your entire workforce using our Sunflower training videos*
  5. Launch and promote your Sunflower Membership to your community as well as the global Sunflower network*

*access restricted dependent on Sunflower Membership level