Previous No Barrier Award Winners
2017 No Barriers, The Mike Oborski Winners:
2016 No Barriers, The Mike Oborski Winners:
2015 No Barriers, The Mike Oborski Awards Winners:
Carole Gibbs and Chris Mansell at the Forestry Commission for coaching and promoting use of ‘Trampers’ – special mobility scooters to explore the Wyre Forest, Jenny Bull for dedicating her time and energy to create community inclusive allotments in Wolverley, Tia Sharman and team The Gatsby Emporium community cafe and day care centre in Oxford Street, Kidderminster, Dave and Hazel Stock for their welcoming junior athletics group held every Sunday morning at Stourport Sports Club, Penny Dredge for 10 years service and going the extra mile for members of the Kidderminster based Dial-A-Ride service, Elaine Ball and Eleanor Mouzer who run the Wheely Different Theatre Company with more than 50 members of all abilities, Sandra Weidrick at Someone’s Art for her dedication to providing a safe, welcoming place for people of all ages and abilities to explore their creativity, KRISP – the Kidderminster Retail initiative and Safety Partnership for being the ears and eyes of the town centre and providing a members’ radio network service. See 2015 Award photographs.
2014 No Barriers, The Mike Oborski Awards Winners:
Sandra Weidrick for Someone’s Art, DIAL North Worcestershire for services to people with disabilities, The Monday Night Group for running their annual pantomime and donating the profits to disability organisations, Elaine Ball for running her Extend, Wheely Different Theatre Company and Emotions groups, Joanne Bowkett and the Town Hall team for being extra helpful for people with disabilities, Alison Coley-Smith for putting in extra time and effort for her community service Reach4Support, Brian Strange and the TWIGS team for going ‘over and above’ in their work for the Emily Jordan Foundation, Amrit and the Pharmacy team at Tesco Kidderminster, Mel Gina and staff at The Railway Train pub for creating an extra warm and helpful welcome for wheelchair users, Cue and Brew for making their bar and pool hall “open to everyone”, Angela Shuck at Purcell House for going out of her way everyday to help residents, Reginald Clews who looks after his neighbours every day, Jonathan Haley longstanding volunteer driver for Dial-a-ride, Catherine Queckett and Caroline Jones from Our Way Self Advocacy for going the extra mile for their Wyre Forest service users, Justine Hunt James Knight Adams and Paul Smith of Northstar Foundation for putting in loads of extra hours and effort for their Wyre Forest service users, Julie Alcorn and the team at the Museum of Carpet for being extra helpful for local disability groups, Cafe Chad volunteers for giving their time to provide a wonderful community cafe, Stephan Natynczuk and the team at My Big Adventure for going the extra mile working with young people with disabilities in local schools. See 2014 Award photographs.
2013 No Barriers, The Mike Oborski Awards Winners:
Philip May a Kidderminster student who volunteers at Wyre Forest School, Mid-Counties Co-op food and Post Office in Kidderminster for their local charity fundraising, 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, local artist Sandra Weidrick who opens up her home to help local people to tap into their creativity, Elements Salon at Kidderminster College which provides 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 and La Brasserie restaurant in Kidderminster for providing outstanding customer service. See 2013 Award photographs.