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The Mayor's Award for Access - Tuesday 17 October 2023

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.

This year's Mayor's Award for Access will be held on Tuesday 17 October from 7pm at the Guildford Baptist Church, Millmead.

The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Monday 12 June 2023.

Categories for the award

  • Services to the Community
  • Access through the Arts
  • Access through Sports
  • Customer Services Awards
  • Accessible Premises for public use (see bronze/silver/gold criteria list below) 

Make a nomination

Tell us:

  • why you're nominating an individual or organisation for the selected award
  • why this person or organisation has benefited the community

Nominate a person or organisation

Criteria for Accessible Premises for public use

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