Face Covering Exemptions on trains.

It is a difficult period for us all. We need to look out for each other and wear a face covering if we can to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

The rail industry recognises that people have hidden disabilities, and that some of us are unable to wear a face covering. This can be met with side glances from others. Transpennine Express introduced a Sunflower Lanyard scheme prior to the Covid outbreak.

If you choose to highlight your disability when travelling via rail, you can wear a card stating you are face-covering exempt, due to hidden disabilities such as hearing loss, speech loss, or that you are a vulnerable person, to name a few.

Other train operating company staff such as Northern Rail and Cross Country will be able to identify the Sunflower assist card on their lines.

We want everyone to enjoy rail travel. If you think a lanyard and or card will help you can visit the store here.


A day in the office

Ro and Sarah have had a socially distanced day in the office. Moved our desks in line but apart and organised the office with new storage. We are unable to work on projects involving rail travel currently, but we are updating our information about the Penistone Line and the fantastic places to visit between Huddersfield and Sheffield. 

We continue to develop new initiatives for people with hidden disabilities and hopefully it won’t be too long before we can enjoy rail events again.

We are involved with various groups supporting people in our local communities. Here is some information on support for carers and people living with dementia in the Barnsley area.

Click Barnsley Dementia Support Helpline

Support us by creating a Twiddle Teddy


Thank You to so many of you who have been busy making twiddle muffs for our dementia project. We would love you to try your hand at a Twiddle Teddy. If you can crochet here are the guidelines for making a teddy. We will hand them out to people living with dementia along with other information on Living Well with dementia, once our special days out are arranged and it is safe to travel again.

Instructions for Crochet Twiddle Teddy