Sunflower Lanyards are being made available free of charge for anyone in Uckfield who has a hidden disability and would find one useful.
The initiative comes from Uckfield Dementia Forum and is designed to help anyone who will benefit from wearing a lanyard – not just those living with dementia.
Each comes with a card where essential contact details, and a note of assistance needed, can be recorded.
Volunteers from the forum are contacting businesses in town to make sure that they are aware of the scheme and to encourage them to welcome and support customers who may need a little extra help.
The free lanyards can be collected from Uckfield Town Council offices in the Civic Centre.
Businesses or residents who would like to know more about the scheme are welcome to call 01825 762774 for more details.
The Uckfield Dementia Forum includes representatives from organisations which have an interest in caring and supporting those living with dementia, such as the town council and Wealden Dementia Action Alliance.
The sunflower lanyard initiative follows a discussion at an Uckfield Dementia Forum meeting about particular problems some people face with what can be a bewildering display of signs and rules in shops as part of their Covid-19 precautions.
It was agreed that adopting the sunflower lanyard scheme might go some way to help those who need extra assistance.
The idea has since been taken up by Wealden Dementia Action Alliance which is about to launch it across all of Wealden towns. The alliance has made a supply of the lanyards available to the forum without any cost.
Paul Sparks, who chairs the Uckfield Dementia Forum, said: “I think this is a simple and clear way for local residents to show they might need a little more help and, just as importantly, give them the confidence to venture out and visit our local shops. My thanks to all within the town that are supporting this initiative.”