The Mayor's Award for Access - Wednesday 2 October 2019

The Mayor's Award for Access recognises those that make a positive contribution to the lives of disabled people in the borough.

2018 winners

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 in search of this year's winners, and they need your help. They are 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. Please help by letting us know the people, places and projects that have gone the extra mile to enable access for all."

This year the categories are:

  • Services to the Community

  • Access Through the Arts

  • Access Through Sports

  • Customer Services Awards

  • Accessible Premises for public use (bronze/silver/gold)

To nominate an organisation or individual who has helped make the borough a more accessible place for all, please use our Mayor's Award for Access online nomination form.

The deadline to submit your nomination is 12pm (noon) on Friday 28 June 2019. 

Mayor's Award for Access 2018 awards

Ten local organisations and individuals were recognised for their dedication to making the borough a more accessible place for all at the 2018 Mayor's Awards for Access. The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford Museum and Wetherspoons Pub were among those picking up awards at the ceremony at Guildford Borough Council held on 3 October.

The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Mike Parsons, said: "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 the 2018 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 the 2018 Mayor's Award for Access.

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