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Sunflower Lanyard Scheme and other help for disabilities

Cornwall's role out of the Sunflower Lanyard Scheme:

  • Hidden disability lanyards to be available in all Sainsburys and ARGOS stores nationwide from 7 October 2019. This is following a successful trial in selected stores, which included Truro Sainsbury's in 2018.  Lanyards will be available to collect for free and are for each customer to keep so they can wear it every time they come into store.

  • The sunflower lanyard is now available in all TESCO stores to customers who may have a hidden disability. By wearing one, our colleagues will know that you may appreciate a bit of help. Simply pick one up in a participating store. Just ask at the customer service desk in larger stores, or at the checkout in smaller ones. The lanyards are free and you don’t need to provide proof of a disability.

  • In all Marks & Spencer UK stores, the lanyards will be available for customers to request from M&S’s customer service desk (excluding hospital, airport, train, BP and Moto stores) and from the till point in their outlet stores. They can also be requsted by email:

  • Newquay airport give out these Lanyards. If you’re due to fly from a major UK airport, you should be able to ask for a lanyard from an airport assistance desk, or order it in advance, depending on your chosen airport. Find out more about the best way of getting the lanyard by contacting the airport before you travel.

Other support available from retailers and attractions:

ASDA's Makaton Shopping List: Happy Little Helpers
Bideford | Bodmin | Falmouth | Hayle Harbour | Newquay | St Austell

Each store has ten of the Happy Little Helper shopping lists – just ask colleagues at the customer service desk for the list when you arrive at the store. We’ve worked with The Makaton Charity to create a version that uses their well-known black and white symbols that are familiar to people who use them at school and in support groups.

National Maritime Museum's Sensory Bags
Sensory bags and ear defenders are available to anyone who may need them throughout the year and can be found at the admissions desk. On certain days throughout the year the museum offers Relaxed Sessions where noise is reduced, quiet spaces are allocated and sensory bags and ear defenders are available. Find out more about National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s Relaxed Sessions.

Royal Cornwall Museum's Sensory Backpacks
Please ask about our sensory backpacks, ASD-friendly trails & ear defenders which are free to borrow whilst you explore the museum. You can also download Sensory Maps & Social Stories here.  We also run regular autism-friendly Relaxed Sessions throughout the year.

Wheal Martyn's Sensory Bags
St Austell
Explore the site with one of our sensory bags, specially designed for people with autism and learning difficulties.We also have lots of different trails, including the teddy bear trail and kettle kids trail. See our Easy Read Visual Story here. If you need to go somewhere quiet for any reason during your visit, then you can go to our quiet space. If you prefer to enjoy the museum at a quieter pace, why not come along to our Relaxed Sessions?

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