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.

Access Group winners banner 2017

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.

View the Winners of the Mayor's Award for Access 2017.

Accessible Premises Award - bronze, silver and gold criteria

Bronze Award:

  • 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

Silver Award:

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


Gold Award:

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