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Making Services Accessible Earns Mayor’s Awards For Access

Published on: 13 Oct, 2018
Updated on: 13 Oct, 2018

Guildford organisations, businesses and individuals have been recognised for their dedication to making their services more accessible for all and have received the Mayor’s Awards for Access.

Recipients of this year’s Mayor’s Awards for Access pictured with the Mayor of Guildford, Mike Parsons, at the presentation evening on October 3.

Those who received awards are: the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford Museum, Guildford Library, Voluntary Action South West Surrey, Rock Choir (Guildford), Sainsbury’s (Burpham) and Tesco (Ashenden).

The chief executive of Voluntary Action South West Surrey, Carol Dunnett, was delighted with her charity organisation’s award. She said: “We have our small office in Castle Street and it is always a pleasure to receive visitors who are looking for advice on volunteering and to help them. We also have visitors from the organisations and groups we work with. All our staff and our own volunteers work very hard to welcome everyone who comes through our door.”

The Mayor of Guildford, Mike Parsons, who presented the awards, 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.”

Gemma Roulston, the vice-chairman of the Guildford Access Group, said: “It was a very good evening, where we celebrated the 40th year of the Guildford Access Group, and 15 years of the Mayor’s Award for Access.

“It was great to have so many people there and many nominations. Our hope is that the existence of the awards will encourage other businesses, groups and NHS services to go that extra mile for access. Everyone regardless of whether they have a disability or not, benefits from good access to buildings and shops. Disabled people have spending power, please encourage us to spend it with you by having good access.”

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