Disability news – hidden disability sunflower and ebook for adult siblings

North Bristol Trust update – Supporting people with hidden disabilities

To better meet the needs of people in the hospital with hidden disabilities, North Bristol Trust will soon be launching the Sunflower scheme.

Patients, visitors and colleagues of Southmead Hospital will be able to pick up and display a sunflower image that will help staff identify that they need extra support.

Hidden disabilities can include autism, epilepsy, mental health, sensory processing, MS, partial sight and hearing loss.

Sunflower badges, lanyards and wristbands, funded by donations to Southmead Hospital Charity, will be available for free alongside training and guidance on making reasonable adjustments.

In the meantime, Southmead Hospital’s Move Makers will be handing out Sunflower stickers to patients attending the Brunel building who aren’t able to wear a surgical mask in the hospital. If you see a patient with a Sunflower sticker who is not wearing a surgical mask, please assume this is because they are not able to and do not challenge them.


Sibs new eBook for adult siblings of someone with a lifelong disability

Are you an adult sibling who grew up with a disabled brother or sister? Do you ever feel that other people just don’t ‘get’ what life as a sibling is like? Do you find it hard to make time for yourself?

Sibs is the UK charity dedicated to supporting siblings of disabled children and adults. Adult siblings play a vital role in supporting their disabled brother or sister and their parents. Many receive little acknowledgement or support, and few recognise the impact of their sibling role on their own needs and wellbeing.

In response to this, Sibs is proud to launch ‘Self-care for siblings’, an eBook written by and for adult siblings who have grown up with a brother or sister who has a lifelong disability.

Read more details and get a free copy on the Sibs website.