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Winners of Mayor's Award for Access announced

Individuals and organisations from across the borough who have made a positive contribution to improving the lives of people living with disabilities were recognised at an awards ceremony this week.

Access Group winners banner 2017

The Deputy Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Mike Parsons, presented the awards which recognise the provision of greater access and opportunities for everyone. The awards ceremony took place at the Park Barn Adult Day Centre, Guildford.

Cllr Mike Parsons, Deputy Mayor of Guildford, said: ​"I'm delighted to have been able to present these awards as they recognise the real difference local organisations and individuals have made to improve the lives of people living with disabilities."

Cllr Parsons added: ​"I'm particularly proud to have been able to present awards to the Council's Leisure Development Team for their 'Fun In the Summer Holidays' (FISH) school holiday club for children, and to those who have worked to make the Council offices at Millmead more accessible. All of the award winners have helped to make a real difference to residents and those that visit the borough."

The annual awards, which are run in conjunction with the Guildford Access Group, are also intended to inspire others to contribute projects that will provide greater choice and inclusion.

Gemma Roulston and Diana Lockyer-Nibbs, Co-Chairpersons of the Guildford Access Group, said: "We would like to offer our warmest congratulations and sincerest thanks to those organisations and individuals who were presented with the Mayor of Guildford's Access Awards this year. The awards help us to recognise the contribution that the recipients have made in improving access to a wide range of aspects of life, which can easily be taken for granted."           

They added: "Since the Guildford Access Group was founded in 1978, it has helped to raise the awareness of access issues that residents and visitors with disabilities face. Our hope is that the awards inspire others to consider what they can do to improve any aspect of access that someone with a disability might face. And who knows, next year they might be an award winner themselves."

Awards are made in four categories of Services to the Community, Access through the Arts, Access through Sports, and an Accessible Premises Award, which is awarded at bronze, silver or gold levels. To see the winners of the awards, go to our  Winners of the Mayor's Award for Access 2017 page.

Published on Friday 20 October.