The Mayor's Award for Access 40th Anniversary
The Mayor's Award for Access recognises those that make a positive contribution to the lives of disabled people in the borough.
The Guildford Access Group is celebrating the Mayor's Award for Access 40th Anniversary.
The group has been looking for the people and places that make a real difference to the lives of disabled people.
The Mayor of Guildford, says: "The awards recognise the real difference local groups can make to disabled people, and the people, places and projects that have gone the extra mile to enable access for all."
This year the categories were:
Services to the Community
Access Through the Arts
Access Through Sports
Customer Services Awards
Accessible Premises for public use (bronze/silver/gold)
The awards are intended to inspire people to contribute to accessible projects that create more opportunities and choice for everyone.
The closing date for nominations for the 2018 awards has now passed.
This year's Mayor's Award for Access will be held on Wednesday 3 October in the Council Chamber at the Guildford Borough Council offices from 6:30pm.
Accessible Premises Award - bronze, silver and gold criteria
Level or suitably ramped access
Stepped access to have handrails
Doors suitably weighted to facilitate ease of opening
Minimum width of main entrance door 800mm
Level access throughout ground floor
Public areas clear of obstructions with good circulation space
Easy access to payment facilities in shops
Provision of sound enhancement system at public reception or till points
Assistance with packing and shopping in retail premises.
Restaurants to have moveable seating
As above plus:-
Lift access to upper floors
Low level counters at reception desks or till points
Staff to have undergone disability needs awareness training
Provision of seating for customers/visitors
Provision of a wheelchair accessible toilet which meets current design standards (where toilets are provided for customers/visitors)
Accessible parking provided within any provision for customers or visitors
Printed material (including menus, bar tariffs etc in food outlets) is available in large clear print
As above plus:-
Automatic doors on public entrances
Low level lift buttons both on landings and in lift cars
Lift buttons to visually contrasting against background with raised lettering and voice announcement
Customer information signs have large clear print in contrasting colours to the background
One to one assistance available
Company has a Disabled Access Policy and ongoing monitoring programme to ensure premises maintain standards of current best practice in design
Printed material is available in alternative formats
Building management carry out regular health and safety and maintenance checks
Providing evidence of undertaking consultation with user groups fulfilling a public body's duty to provide equality impact surveys for premises within the public sector