Please give me space.

What is “Please Give Me Space”?

“Please Give Me Space” Is a UK initiative based on the Hidden Disabilities lanyard scheme – ‘Please give me space’ indicates to everyone that the person wearing the sign needs help to maintain a social distance and stay safe.

When you see the ‘Please give me space’ sign, please give space to the wearer and make it easy for them to maintain a social distance. Government guidelines currently recommend a safe distance of 2 metres where possible.

Where can I get Please Give Me Space lanyards?

As with the Hidden Disabilities lanyard and badges you can get them at Health Connections by:



Who is it for?

Anyone can wear this sign to let people know that they are doing their best to social distance. At the height of the pandemic, the NHS identified 2.2 million people who were clinically vulnerable and instructed them to shield. It is important that people in this group maintain social distance. It may not be obvious to everyone who they are, by wearing ‘Please give me space’ they become visible.Some people find it a challenge to social distance due to a sight, cognitive or mobility impairment. By wearing ‘Please give me space’, the impetus is on everyone to give that person space.

‘Please give me space’ is not about being judged – it is about working together to ensure that we all give space to stay safe.

Where would you wear ‘Please give me space’?

The ‘Please give me space’ sign can be worn whenever you come into contact with people from outside of your bubble. Here are some instances when it can be worn:

  • at a place of work or worship

  • a trip to the local shops or supermarket

  • when receiving a parcel delivery at home

  • taking daily exercise

  • on public transport

Social Distancing cards to download and print

Hidden Disabilities Sunflower have also expanded the range of free-to-download materials with a range of products to help maintain social distance.

Please give me space is part of Hidden Disabilities Sunflower

Hidden Disabilities Sunflower worked in collaboration with RNIB and the UK Government to create ‘Please give me space’. In addition to the free-to-download badges provided on the Government website, Hidden Disabilities Sunflower is backing and promoting the initiative by launching a website and producing free awareness training as well as promotional materials for businesses.

Find out more about the Guernsey Hidden Disabilities scheme here

Find out how the UK Hidden Disabilities Sunflower supports people living with hidden disabilities by visiting their website.