Arriva joins the Sunflower Lanyard scheme
1 in 5 people in the UK have some form of disability, and 80% of those have a hidden disability. That's why we are proud to announce our support of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyards Initiative!
Hidden disabilities don't have physical signs and include learning difficulties, mental health as well as mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments. They can also include asthma, COPD, and other lung conditions as well as chronic illnesses such as renal failure, diabetes, and sleep disorders when those diseases significantly impact day-to-day life.
Sunflower lanyards are recognised onboard our buses, to help all customers feel safe and comfortable when travelling with us. Wearing one will discreetly inform our drivers that a customer may need additional support. Drivers will be happy to offer this extra support, such as allowing extra time for a customer to reach their seat.
Arriva UK Bus Managing Director Paul O'Neil said:
“We're delighted to be extending support for passengers with hidden disabilities. As one of the largest bus operators in the UK, we feel excited to be joining other large businesses in raising awareness of the sunflower, an initiative that will benefit everyone onboard our services.”
"Life can be challenging with any disability, especially when that disability is not immediately obvious to others. We want everyone to feel comfortable and safe while travelling with us and recognising the sunflower will play its part in achieving that goal."
"This will work in harmony with ongoing colleague training around disability awareness as we strive to make our operation a national leader in inclusivity."
To find out more, and to get your own sunflower lanyard, visit their website here.