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Saluting those who make a difference
6:10am Friday 11th October 2013 in Local
EIGHT selfless residents and businesses which go the extra mile for people with disabilities have been recognised in an awards scheme set up in memory of a late councillor.
The Mike Oborski No Barriers Awards, in its sixth year, were presented to the individuals, businesses and organisations that have significantly improved access, service or employment possibilities for local people with disabilities.
The scheme was created in memory of long-standing Wyre Forest District and Worcestershire County councillor Mike Oborski, who died in 2007.
The winners, announced during a ceremony last night at Wyre Forest House were: Philip May, a Kidderminster student who volunteers at Wyre Forest School.
- Mid-Counties Co-operative food and Post Office in Kidderminster for their local charity fund-raising.
- The production team of the Younger Generation Scout and Guide Gang Show, which made it possible for performers of all abilities to take part in their summer show.
- Artist Sandra Weidrick, who opens up her home to help local people to tap into their creativity.
- Elements Salon at Kidderminster College for providing access for everyone to enjoy hair, beauty and holistic treatments.
- Rob Hartell, founder and now volunteer at Dial-A-Ride.
- Dial-A-Ride for going the extra mile for people with disabilities.
- La Brasserie restaurant in Kidderminster, for providing outstanding customer service.
This year, the Mike Oborski No Barriers event was part of the new Wyre Forest Community Awards organised by Wyre Forest District Council and Vestia Community Trust in partnership with The Shuttle.
Labour Wyre Forest councillor Howard Martin, chairman of the awards, said: “The scheme was never intended to be an award for clubs and organisations set up specifically for those with disabilities.
“Mike’s vision, taken from the original scheme in Gdynia, Poland, was an award for individuals, groups, businesses, pubs, shops, cafes which, while providing a service to the general public, go the extra mile to ensure easy access to their facilities and a warm welcome to those with disabilities".
Fran Oborski, Liberal councillor and Mike Oborski’s widow, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the awards this year have been so well supported and by being part of the wider Wyre Forest Community Awards have taken a further step towards delivering what Mike originally had in mind.”
A panel of representatives from local private and public sector organisations judged the nominations for the awards
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