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Awards For Those Who Make Life Better For Others

Published on: 27 Nov, 2014
Updated on: 27 Nov, 2014

Guildford people and groups have been honoured for the work they do helping those with illness or disabilities, or making venues for them more accessible.

The Mayor of Guildford pictured with winners of this year's Awards for Access.

The Mayor of Guildford pictured with winners of this year’s Awards for Access.

This year, three groups have received the Mayor’s Award for Access. The Samson Centre, Shopmobility and the Prospects Group/Open Hands all attracted nominations from the local community.

A special award was also given to Cllr Diana Lockyer-Nibbs, who raised the profile of accessible play areas in the borough with the Ability Whirl at the Sutherland Memorial Park, Burpham.

The Mayor of Guildford, David Elms, said: “The awards recognise the real difference local groups can make to people with disabilities. We hope the awards will inspire others to work towards creating a more accessible environment for us all”.

The winners are:

The Samson Centre – Services to the Community Award

The Samson Centre is a self-help group for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis. They provide a host of facilities and assistance for users of the group and are a much valued asset to the community. The Access Group recognise the work of the Samson Centre.

Prospects Group/Open Hands – Services to the Community Award

This group is based in Christ Church, Guildford for adults with learning disabilities, carers and friends. Every Saturday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm they meet and provide an opportunity to chat with friends over tea and cake and enjoy some music and singing.

The Access Group recognise the valuable work that this group do in providing a caring, supportive atmosphere, welcoming all.

Shopmobility – Customer Services Award

Shopmobility is a scheme which lends manual wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs and powered scooters to members of the public with limited mobility to shop and visit leisure and commercial facilities within the town and shopping centres.

The Access Group recognise the hard work which Shopmobility undertake on a daily basis, providing accessibility to Guildford for all.

Jenny Teagle, chairman of the Access Group for Guildford added: “We hope that these awards will inspire others to contribute to future projects which create more opportunities and choice for everyone.”

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