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Celebrating those who go the extra mile

News release issued:

Twelve organisations or individuals received No Barriers Awards last night (Thursday 30 November) for going the extra mile for people in the district.

The ceremony was organised by Wyre Forest District Council and took place in the council chamber. The awards recognise local businesses, organisations and individuals that have provided significant access, service or employment possibilities for people with disabilities. They also celebrate those who have given particular consideration for the wider needs of people within the community, for example nursing mothers.

The winners were:

Ann Hewitt, for devoting her life to caring for others

Areyoureadytococo, for being inclusive at their hair and beauty salon

Beverley Coldrick for the work she does at Community Transport Wyre Forest

Blossom Tree Café for giving students with additional needs working life skills

Emotions for offering people with disabilities the chance to dance

Hannah Escott, from Open Trail for her work engaging with young people

McDonald’s, Weavers Wharf for always helping and accommodating people with disabilities

Pods by Aspire for their work and activities for people with learning disabilities

Peter and Kathy Jezukiewicz, Church Wardens, St Peters Church, Birchen Coppice for their dedication to  community events and the welcome they give all

Community Volunteers, St Peters Church, Birchen Coppice for supporting events and providing an accessible and welcoming space for all.

Sue Gowan for her commitment to a falls prevention class

Wheely Different Theatre Company for providing a safe environment for performing arts for all.


The first No Barriers Awards were held in 2008. They were set up in memory of Councillor Mike Oborski, who initiated the project. Mike’s wife and chair of the awards panel, Councillor Fran Oborski presented the awards. During the evening the winners heard from inspirational speaker, Chloe Bayliss. Chloe overcame major health issues to achieve an Honours Degree and now has a successful career in stage and tv makeup, as well as running her own face painting business.

Councillor Fran Oborski said:

“It was a wonderful evening celebrating the contribution our fabulous winners make to providing an inclusive community. They enhance the lives of others and I hope they know how much we appreciate what they do.”

She added,

“We also hope that by highlighting the wonderful things they are doing it will encourage others to do the same. Our thanks also to Chloe for being part of the awards. Her talk on her own journey highlighted how with perseverance we can cultivate potential and opportunities.”

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