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The Mayor's Award for Access

The Guildford Access Group is in search of winners for this award. The group looks for the people and places that make a real difference to the lives of disabled people.

The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 7 June 2024.

This year's Mayor's Award for Access will be on Tuesday 15 October from 7pm at the Guildford Baptist Church, Millmead.

The categories for the awards are:

  • services to the community
  • access through the arts
  • access through sports
  • customer services swards
  • accessible premises for public use (bronze/silver/gold)

Criteria for Accessible Premises Award

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
  • accessible parking provided within any provision for customers or visitors
  • printed material (including menus, bar tariffs etc) 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. This ensures they 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

How to make a nomination

To nominate an individual or organisation for the award, complete our online form below. The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 7 June 2024.

Nominate a person or organisation