Above: Fran Oborski thanking Claire Cashmore, Rio Paralympics 2016 Multi Medallist and local inspiration at the No Barriers Awards 2016.
Eighteen local heroes picked up awards at this year’s No Barriers, the Mike Oborski Awards held on Thursday 20 October 2016.
This year’s event kicked off with a warm welcome from Ray Brookes from the Community Housing Group who hosted the event at their Foley Park offices on behalf of Wyre Forest District Council.
The awards are an annual scheme organised by Wyre Forest District Council to recognise individuals and organisations that go the extra mile for people with disabilities.
There was an extra treat in store for this years’ No Barriers award winners. Paralympian swimming champion Claire Cashmore was the key speaker. Claire told the guests about her recent medal winning success at the Rio Paralympics and gave an inspirational insight into the life of a top competitive athlete.
The aim of ‘No Barriers’ the Mike Oborski Awards is to recognise local businesses, organisations and individuals that have provided significant access, service or employment possibilities for people with disabilities within the Wyre Forest district. ‘People with a disability’ includes those individuals with physical disabilities, learning disabilities visual impairments hearing impairments and mental health difficulties.
Nominations can be submitted by anyone who feels that the business, organisation or individual deserves recognition for their extra special commitment to inclusive access. This can be shown in different ways such as whether an organisation has accessible entrances, adequate parking facilities, clear easy to read signs, and easy to access toilets. Helpfulness and friendliness towards customers is another key factor.
The awards panel will be looking for a clear commitment of employees or volunteers to the needs of customers with disabilities. Equally, employment-friendliness is important. Individuals and organisations who have demonstrated a commitment to employing or assisting the career development opportunities of people with disabilities will catch the eye of the award panel.
The Award Panel considers the following factors:
If you have any enquiries about the ‘No Barriers’ the Mike Oborski Awards please contact Jane Doyle, Communications and Engagement Officer at Wyre Forest District Council on 01562 732950.
The Mike Oborski 'No Barriers' Awards have been set up in the memory of Councillor Mike Oborski, who initiated this project.
Mike was Polish Honorary Consul for the West Midlands.The idea for the awards came from a similar scheme that runs in Gdynia, Poland. We are very grateful to the Mayor of Gdynia for kindly allowing us to use the Gdynia ‘Bez Barier’ logo.