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.
Ten local organisations and individuals have been recognised for their dedication to making the borough a more accessible place for all at this year's Mayor's Awards for Access. The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford Museum and Wetherspoons Pub were among those picking up awards at a ceremony at Guildford Borough Council held on 3 October.
The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Mike Parsons, says: "It's always inspiring to see the hard work that goes on, often behind the scenes, to ensure that local venues and activities are accessible to everyone in our borough. I was particularly pleased to see Guildford Museum recognised for their poetry workshop for people with visual impairments, run with Sight for Surrey.
The categories for this year's awards were:
Accessible Premises Awards - nine winners including a Gold for the Yvonne Arnaud theatre
Service to the Community Awards - Guildford Museum, Guildford Library, Rock Choir, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Voluntary Action South West Surrey
Customer Service Awards - Tesco (Ashenden Road) and Sainsburys (Burpham)
Please see the Winners of the Mayor's Award for Access 2018 for the winners of this year's Mayor's Award for Access.
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