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No Barriers returns

News release issued:

Nominations for awards which recognise those who go the extra mile for people in the district are now open.

Wyre Forest District Council is once again running No Barriers – the Mike Oborski Awards. These are awards which 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 first No Barriers Awards were held in 2008. They were set up in memory of Councillor Mike Oborski, who initiated the project. He was Polish Honorary Consul for the West Midlands. The idea for the awards came from a similar scheme in Gdynia, Poland.

Councillor Fran Oborski, Mike’s wife is Chair of the Awards Panel, she said:

“We are delighted to be able to open nominations again for these awards. It is important to celebrate the achievements of those who do that bit more, something which is not part of their usual role, to enhance the lives of others. We also hope that by highlighting this best practice it will encourage others to do the same.”

Nominations can be submitted online on our No Barriers webpage or forms can be collected from The Hub, Green Street, Kidderminster or Wyre Forest House Reception, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster. Nominations close on Monday 30 October.

The awards will be given out at a ceremony on Thursday 30 November at Wyre Forest House.

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